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Tom Winter

Glossary of IT terms for Tech Recruiters

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview | No Comments

Tech language and IT terms are not easy if you are a non-coder. Still, in order to be able to recruit developers and communicate with them effectively, tech recruiters have no choice but understand terms connected with their everyday job. So get out of your comfort zone and master the tech language. We’ve compiled this Devskiller Tech Glossary to make it as easy as it can be. Read More

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #September2017

By | Changelog

At Devskiller, we believe in continuous improvement. We have a growing base of happy customers who use the platform on a daily basis which gives us the opportunity to constantly develop our tool to address their needs. To do so, we look at how you use Devskiller when you work and listen to what you have to say about it. For the last 6 months we’ve been busy turning your insights into action. We’ve put the new features and functionalities together in this post to help you leverage them to the full. Read More

30 industry insights for hiring developers

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Recruiting developers takes a lot of skill because majority of them are passive candidates. As a tech recruiter, you’re constantly forced to learn new things. The more educated you are, the faster you can make informed decisions to outperform your competitors. We’ve gone through research from leading organizations including The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stack Overflow, Manpower Group, Evans Data Corporation and Vision Mobile to give you 30 industry insights for hiring developers. We’ve compiled the data into an easy-to-read list you can go over while enjoying your morning coffee. Enjoy! Read More

How to source developers from Stack Overflow

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Top tier software engineers tend to have steady jobs which makes them hard to recruit. How passive are they? According to Stack Overflow 2016 Developer Landscape, 97.5% of all software engineers are currently employed, but only 33.04% of them are in a job they love.  In IT recruitment, there’s very little chance of top tier developers knocking on your door and if that happens, consider yourself lucky. In most cases, however, it takes a great deal of time and effort to hire a software developer. In this post we explain how to source developers from Stack Overflow and how to use the data available on the platform in the recruitment process.

Because majority of developers are passive candidates, recruiters need to be where they like to hang out. HR professionals should use Stack Overflow for three purposes: Read More

7 Steps to Hiring Top Developers

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

If there was ever an image summing up the developer recruitment pattern, it’s the one used by Isaac Lyman in his Medium post “How to recruit a developer”:

Looks familiar, right?

Unless you are one of the lucky companies offering “showstopper” jobs, it’s very rarely that top tech talent comes knocking on your door. Good developers are quickly snapped up because as passive candidates they get subsequent offers. They are almost never on the market because they don’t need to be shopping for jobs. Read More

How to source software developers from LinkedIn

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Based on 2016-2017 Talent Shortage Survey, IT professionals constitute the second biggest talent shortage group globally and one of the hardest groups of professionals to recruit. LinkedIn is the go-to place for sourcing software developers for majority of recruiters, so it’s a very crowded and competitive space. The higher the demand for top tech talent, the more efficient you need to be with your sourcing. In this post, we explain how to source software developers from LinkedIn. Read More

How to optimize your hiring process

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Recruiting is hard work – you typically spend very little time forming opinions of people you’d like to hire for a long period of time. As Alan Carniol, founder of InterviewSuccessFormula.com explains in this Forbes post by Jacquelyn Smith, “a hiring manager must make a decision that can cost a company thousands or tens of thousands of dollars [in that short time]”.

For that reason, it’s important to understand what you can do to make your hiring process successful, cost-efficient and time-effective. Read More

10 qualities of a great developer

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

When I first founded Devskiller four years ago, my team’s goal was to help companies find great programmers. Since then I had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller ones from all over the world. I spoke to technical people like CTOs, IT managers, team leaders, team members, and HR representatives responsible for finding and hiring top tech talent. They were all facing a universal problem: how to hire great programmers. In fact, it all starts with identifying a good developer when you see one, which brings us to the critical question: What are the qualities of a great software developer? There has been much discussion on the subject and as a start, I recommend you to read this amazing Quora thread packed full of insights from some serious industry masterminds. Read More

10 biggest mistakes you’re making when hiring in tech

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Hiring can be a tall task, but it’s an important one. Why so? Choosing the right people around you impacts your business more heavily than many of the decisions you make because your employees make hundreds of decisions on your behalf every single day.

In his podcast, Michael Hyatt argues: “Team is everything. If you don’t have the right team, then you’re limited by what you can accomplish. If you get the right people in place, you can leverage what you can do and take it to another level.“ Not having the right people around you in the professional environment is “worse than trying to do it alone”.   Read More

The science behind HR: what you need to know to recruit top talent in IT

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

When recruiting developers, what do you think you rely on? You most likely reach out to the candidate, check their social media profiles, talk to them, and ask them to write some code.

It may seem like a lot of ways to get to know a potential employee, but there’s actually one important thing that can get in the way of finding “the one”. Read More

True cost of recruiting a developer [infographic]

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment

Have you ever wondered how much it costs to recruit a new programmer? The numbers may surprise you.

The most common cost of recruiting a developer which comes to mind is a recruitment agency fee, but it’s just a starter. In the IT world, where there is a talent shortage, hiring a new programmer (or any tech talent) increases in cost and effort as time goes on. The better a programmer is, the more expensive it gets. The best ones are like superstars with their own agents. Employee turnover is a huge problem for most companies and long-time employment is almost unreal. According to the 2015 Recruiter Survey, the average employee tenure is below 6 years; 30% of people change their job in 1-3 years and 29% in 4-6 years. Quarsh’s research gives even more dreadful numbers – 20% of new hires leave in 12 months! Read More

5 Essential Tactics to Recruiting Tech Talent [our guest post on SmartRecruiters]

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

A lot of companies are complaining that there is a shortage of available developers and the good ones are hired really quickly. This makes the IT recruiting process really tough and  makes technical recruiters look for effective ways to accelerate the IT hiring process. Check out our tips on how to recruit tech talents so that you can be first to get to the ones with greatest potential and value for your IT team. Read More

Smart technical recruitment reaches out to content marketing

By | Human Resources, Recruiting Tips

Technical recruitment is tough. There are many vacancies to fill. If you want to succeed, you need to be better than others or the perfect candidate for your next top tech talent will join your competitor’s team.

There are many ways to be successful in technical recruitment. One of them is a smart usage of content marketing. Yes, you see it right – content marketing. Why? Your proposal is your investment and you want to invest your resources well in order to get most of it. If you are running IT recruitment campaigns, you are probably doing it because you want to carry out more programming projects, handle more clients in order to develop your company and increase your profits. The better new employee is, the higher advantage you get. A good content marketing strategy helps you attract the best people. Content marketing plays a primary role in building your image, supporting brand awareness, and employee branding. There are countless methods of using content marketing in tech recruiting. Here are some of them: Read More

IT sourcing – think and act outside the box to hire tech talents

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

IT sourcing and technical recruiting programmers can be tricky. To make it easier you need to define who you are looking for and where they are. There are two types of questions you should ask yourself before starting talent sourcing.

Firstly: Where do my tech talents live? Can they relocate? Can they work remotely? In case of remote work, which time zones can you consider?

Secondly: What skills are the most important?

The key to tech recruitment is to act fast so tech talents won’t be taken from you before you even realize it.

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3 ways to use coding tests in technical recruiting [our guest post on tech.co]

By | Coding Test, IT recruitment, Technical Interview

Measuring coding skills is an essential step in technical recruiting. This way you can verify candidate’s programming skills and evaluate whether the developer is the right one for a job. The most common way to do it is to invite candidate to take coding test. However, be cautious in choosing the right ones. You don’t want to ask candidate algorithmic questions or verify whether they memorized book knowledge as it doesn’t bring much value for your IT team. What you are looking for is a developer that is good at coding, a real problem solver who can show their programming skills in action. Read More