14 reasons why diversity in tech still matters in 2018

14 reasons why diversity in tech still matters in 2018

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment, tech trends | 2 Comments

Some commentators in Silicon Valley think that diversity in tech is no longer an issue. But here we are sitting in 2018. The tech industry diversity statistics show the industry is overwhelmingly white and male.

Your views may not be as extreme as the Google diversity emailer. Still, you may believe that everything is working as it should. Meritocracy means the best people should get the best positions regardless of their background. Hasn’t that approach built the best tech products, teams, and companies?

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second interview questions

12 powerful second interview questions to ask your candidates

By | Human Resources, Technical Interview | No Comments

Once candidates pass the screening and the first interview stage, they often get invited to the second interview. The second interview is used to either assess company fit in a second soft skills interview or verify technical skills through a technical interview. The choice of second interview questions you can ask your candidates depends on which of these purposes you want the interview to serve. 

By the end of this post, you’ll know: 

  • what is the difference between the first and second interview questions 
  • second interview questions to ask candidates in a second soft skills interview
  • second interview questions to ask candidates in a technical interview 

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Fixing the hiring manager vs recruiter relationship in tech

Fixing the hiring manager vs recruiter relationship in tech

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 2 Comments

Hiring manager vs recruiter. It is a classic odd couple match up in the same league as Tyson vs Holyfield, oil vs water, and cats vs dogs. Why does it have to be that way? Hiring managers need recruiters to find the best tech talent possible. Why are they often pitted against each other?

All too often, the needs and wants of one party don’t align with the needs and wants of the other. Beyond the simple professional cost, this leads to bloated hiring processes, mismatched candidates, and bad hires. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When you calibrate the relationship correctly, hiring managers and recruiters develop a close partnership akin to peanut butter and jelly, puppies and babies, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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How to give a technical interview: 7 technical interview tips

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | No Comments

Technical interviews have long been a subject of vocal debate among developers. This has left recruiters searching for technical interview tips that work. In 2016, Sahat Yalkabov, currently working as the Senior Frontend Engineer at Bloomberg LP,  wrote a post called “F** You, I Quit, Hiring is Broken.” In this post, he described the technical hiring process as a humiliating and dehumanizing process.The truth is, he has a point.

Technical hiring is facing a huge problem. This can only be solved with the right approach to both technical screening and technical interviews. However, making a positive change requires the HR and IT departments to cooperate. We’ve gathered the best technical interview tips in this article for all parties involved in the process.  

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10 simple steps to hire a mobile app developer

The 10 simple steps to hire a mobile app developer for your project

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | No Comments

If you’re considering hiring a mobile app developer to grow your IT team, firstly consider how regularly you interact with their work.

While you were working out this morning, your mobile device was talking to your smart-watch. Then, on the way to work, you caught up with some YouTube.

These apps required a number of skilled and experienced professionals to create. Hiring a mobile app developer with the skills to make these aforementioned apps is key to the success of your project.

Given that the cost of hiring a bad developer can reach up to $485,371.38, you need to be extremely precise in defining what you’re looking for.

Well keep reading, because in this article you’ll learn how to hire a mobile app developer, as well as: Read More

Software engineer vs software developer: a technical recruiter’s guide to telling them apart

Software engineer vs software developer: a technical recruiter’s guide to telling them apart

By | Human Resources, Recruiting Tips | No Comments

Any technical recruiter worth their salt should be able to tell the difference between a coder vs programmer or even a programmer vs developer. Identifying the differences between a software engineer vs software developer are a bit more difficult.

Software engineers and software developers are both highly skilled professionals who can build software from the ground up. That said, there are important differences between the two that you need to remember. Get them right and it could help you make an incredibly valuable technical hire. Get them wrong and you may end up hiring the completely wrong person for the position.

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Programmer vs developer a recruiter's guide to telling them apart

Programmer vs developer: a recruiter’s guide to telling them apart

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 4 Comments

Lion vs. tiger, apples vs. oranges, black vs. white.  These are all things that are easy to tell apart. But if I asked you to tell me the difference between a programmer vs developer, could you do it?  Many people can’t. In fact, the confusion around these names has led to a joke.

“A software engineer, a developer, and coder walk into a bar.

— Here come the programmers! — says the bartender.” (source)

While that might give you a little chuckle, it does bring up an important point. Often times, the differences between the roles in IT aren’t entirely clear.

When deciding whether you should recruit a programmer vs developer, the roles may sound very similar but there are actually important differences. If you recruit IT positions, it’s essential that you get these differences right. If you don’t, you might end up recruiting the wrong person for the job, costing your company time and money you could better use elsewhere.

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phone interview questions

Phone interview questions: the complete list

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | One Comment

Candidates tend to look similar on paper, but it’s possible to identify the ones who really matter with the help of screening. There are two main ways to screen candidates in IT: through technical screening and phone interviews. Both of these methods verify different skills, but when combined, they are a highly efficient way of pre-selecting people who should be invited to the on-site interviews. The more precise you are in your technical screening, the more you reduce your candidate pool without sacrificing the final Quality of Hire. That’s a win for everyone because, a) you’re not wasting time on non-viable candidates, and b) non-viable candidates don’t waste their time talking to you.  Without a doubt, the right phone interview questions can help you achieve your recruitment goals. Here’s the list of the best ones. Read More

the Yellow Duck Podcast with Yegor Bugayenko

[Podcast]: Yegor Bugayenko discusses technical skills and the XDSD

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In this episode of the Yellow Duck Podcast, we’re talking to Yegor Bugayenko who is a seasoned software architect, writer, and the author of the unique XDSD methodology for developing software and managing the work of developers.

This episode is definitely really interesting because Yegor shares his views on the state of technical hiring and makes some predictions for the future. He talks about his experience with  Amazon recruiters which you can read about in his post “Why I Don’t Talk to Google Recruiters” which got 300+ comments. If you haven’t already, make sure to read it, it sums up the biggest problems that IT recruitment is facing at the moment.  

Listen to this episode to hear Yegor’s insights on: 

  • Building your technical skills
  • His technical recruitment experience
  • Networking
  • Establishing your unique software developer brand
  • How things work at Zerocracy  
  • A new way to develop software called XDSD and its principles

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technical recruiter salary

Complete technical recruiter salary data

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment | No Comments

A technical recruiter salary depends on a number of factors, including the level of expertise, location, possessed skills, and others. If you want to check whether you’re being paid fairly, need to prepare yourself for a job interview for the role we’re discussing here, or consider becoming a technical recruiter, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together industry-specific data to give you a full understanding of the subject, so you don’t need to look any further.

In this post, we will be addressing the following topics

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Coder vs. programmer: How to tell the difference for recruitment

Coder vs. programmer: How to tell the difference for recruitment

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When you look at a computer coder vs. programmer, can you tell which one is which? It can often be rather difficult. After all, they both write computer code and produce technical output. But is everybody who writes computer code the same? Absolutely not and when hiring a coder vs. programmer, getting the wrong one will land you in a major pickle.

Why you need to know the difference between a coder vs. programmer

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recruitment articles for tech recruiters

Top recruitment articles you simply MUST read

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment | No Comments

We’re always focused on helping talent acquisition professionals improve their technical hiring process and we try to spread the word as much as we can. In addition to our resources, we publish weekly high-quality technical recruitment articles on our blog. Here’s a roundup of the best ones. 

The best recruitment articles for tech recruiters

Our posts are research-based and packed full of tech recruitment data and industry insights. They help our readers improve their developer hiring results and simply recruit the best software developers they can possibly hire.

What we often see is that our customers and readers are interested in optimizing a given stage of the recruitment process. If you have issues with any of the stages of your tech hiring process, we’re here to give you a helping hand.  

Recruitment articles about sourcing

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competency mapping

What is competency mapping and why you need it in your company

By | Human Resources | No Comments

Have you ever spent your free time trying to usher a small village of farmers into a space-faring people? It sounds like you’ve played Civilization. If you have spent the last twenty-five years doing something else with your time, Civilization is a series of turn-based strategy games which is famous for a number of things, one of them being its complex technology trees.

The game works more or less like real life. In order to use an advanced technology, you need first make the discoveries that this new technology is built on. So before building a ship, you need to master mathematics and astronomy. In other words, discovering new technologies opens the doors to the further advancement of your civilization.

Civilization isn’t the only place where you can see skills improve in a series of logical steps. Software developers, whether they realize it or not, experience a similar skill progression as they develop in their career. It is no surprise then that the intersection of the Venn Diagram of software developers and Civilization Players is pretty large. This brings us to competency mapping which is based on the same premise: progress built on a comprehensive series of logical steps (as seen in Civilization). Read More

Technical recruiter hiring guide

The all-in-one technical recruiter hiring guide

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | No Comments

Building the right tech team will have one of the biggest impacts on your company’s success. But it can be difficult to do it all by yourself. Hiring a technical recruiter can greatly increase your chance of getting the right people to fill those roles. This person will take ownership of your recruitment process ensuring that your tech roles are filled with perfectly fitting candidates.

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how to hire great developers with a referral program

How to hire great developers with a referral program

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | No Comments

According to the Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape report, 26.8% of developers found their current job through a friend, family member or former colleague. This statistic shows the significance of your employees’ networks in the competitive space like the tech recruitment industry. One of the ways of maximizing the potential of these networks is creating a robust and efficient employee referral program. Read More

From a code plagiarism checker to an IP tracker, Devskiller’s tests are secure

[Webinar]From a code plagiarism checker to an IP tracker, Devskiller’s tests are secure

By | Changelog, Coding Test

It goes without saying that a developer skills test is only useful if you know the right person took the test. In the vast majority of cases, this is not an issue. But we still employ a code plagiarism checker on our system. Why is that?

Why you need a code plagiarism checker

Plagiarism is a big problem in society. According to Academic Paradigms, LLC, The Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once.  And if you think that this is simply a case of all those underwater basket weaving students handing in cheap baskets from the Walmart as their end of term project, you would be sorely mistaken.

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