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Spark Hire – a video interviewing tool [expert interview]

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My name is Kaitlynn Sirotkin.  I am the Content Marketing Manager at Spark Hire, a video interviewing solution with more than 3,000 customers across the world.

Working at Spark Hire has been great! Being part of a company that is so supportive and constantly pushing me to grow as a marketer has been really fantastic. We work in a very collaborative environment, so there is always an opportunity to learn something new. The team at Spark Hire is made up of a very dedicated group of people. It’s really refreshing to work for a company that truly cares about their customers and is invested in their success with the platform.

Like most great tech companies, Spark Hire was created out of a need. Josh Tolan, the CEO of Spark Hire, came up with the idea for the company in 2010 while driving from Chicago to San Diego.  Then, in February 2012, he brought his idea to life. Fast forward to 2017, our team of ~30 based out of Northbrook, Illinois, a north suburb of Chicago, has helped thousands of organizations connect with candidates in over 100 countries. Read More

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How to design a fully functional hiring process in IT

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According to Global HR Research,“66% of companies make a bad hiring decision each year”. 

That’s right. 66 out of 100 companies looking for people to join them make a mistake somewhere along the recruitment process.

As Les McKeown, CEO of Predictable Success argues in a remarkable post How to Hire Great People – Every Time, “the success of your business is in the hands of your people. They take hundreds – probably thousands – of individual actions on your behalf every day, and if the sum total of all those actions is a net positive, you win. If the overall result is a net negative, you lose.“ In other words, bad hiring affects your organizational outcomes, big time.  

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Read More

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Here’s what Tom Winter had to say for an interview with Paysa

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Paysa did an interview with Tom Winter on the difficulties with recruiting in IT.
What are some of the challenges facing IT companies for recruiting tech talent? You may ask…

“There’s a craze right now for good IT talent and a true shortage. While companies that occasionally need programming might be expected to pay a hefty fee for some of these services, there still is plenty of developers that will complete such a task. Read More

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

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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

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50 recruitment stats HR pros must know in 2017

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With a new year typically comes a desire to improve ourselves at what we do, and HR is no exception. However, learning takes time and it’s no secret that recruiters are busy people. In order to save you time, we’ve compiled a list of top 50 recruitment statistics HR pros must know in 2017, based on research by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Harvard Business Review, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Deloitte, MRINetwork, Jobvite, Capterra, Edelman Trust Barometer, NFIB, Future Workplace, Career Arc, PayScale, and Society for Human Resources Management. Read More

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7 problems with recruiting in IT, and the importance of Time [our small research]

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We talk a lot to recruiters, hiring managers, company owners, but also developers and programmers. We hear a lot about problems, so we decided to put them down, and come up with some solutions.

IT takes time

Time is expensive. According to Fastcompany.com, in the last 4 years alone, the price of recruiting went up from 13 to 23 days on average. And no one likes to waste something as precious as time. Recruiting in this field is becoming more difficult and more costly.

To anyone who has ever had to recruit an IT engineer, the first few pieces of information might sound eerily familiar, but we wanted a more comprehensive and in-depth look at the old, persistent, and new, tricky issues coming up when taking on this daunting task. Read More

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True cost of recruiting a developer [infographic]

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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

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How to screen Android developer skills to find the best – guide for IT recruitment

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Android developer skills are in great demand, and this demand is expected to grow even further as Android is the dominant mobile operating system today, running on countless models of smartphones and tablets, as well as many other devices. As a result, a recruitment campaign for Android Developer is pretty hard. It has to be quick and accurate if you want to hire the best ones. Otherwise, your competitors will steal you candidate. Screening usually takes the most time so let’s find out how to do it in a fast and effective way. Read More

5 Essential Tactics to Recruiting Tech Talent

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

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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

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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

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How to screen JavaScript developer skills to find the best – guide for IT recruitment

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1. What is JavaScript?

JavaScript (also known as JS) is high-level, prototype-based, untyped, dynamic language. Depending on the environment JavaScript can be interpreted or compiled. It is a multi-paradigm programming language, supporting object-oriented, imperative and functional programming styles. Read More

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

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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

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

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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

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Best chrome extensions for IT sourcing and technical recruitment

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We all know that sourcing and recruiting can be very time-consuming and at the same time you are expected to act as fast as possible. To make sourcing and recruiting faster and smoother you have to act smart and use tools to support you. Using dedicated browser extensions may be a good solution. Chrome extensions can help you in several ways from finding social media profiles, websites to contact information such as an email address and phone numbers. They create endless opportunities for you not only to connect with candidates but also to engage with them.

Want to try to use boolean search? There are Chrome addons which do the work for you. Want to make your Gmail help you with recruiting or screening? There are extensions for it.

We gathered most popular and useful Chrome extensions for sourcing and recruiting which can be very helpful for IT recruiters. Check them out and start using them. Read More

The Game For Tech Talent Is Getting Serious

The Game For Tech Talent Is Getting Serious [our guest post on TalentCulture]

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Recruiting tech talents is challenging. It requires a lot of effort from you and your company to attract the right candidates and build efficient IT team. If a programmer is competent and experienced then you are probably not the only one who tries to recruit them. How to be the first and hire the best?

The right strategy in mind and proper execution. In article “The Game For Tech Talent Is Getting Serious” published on TalentCulture we share our thoughts and our clients’ experience on the essential steps that will bring you closer to hiring tech talents. Read More

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IT sourcing – 13 best places to source programmers

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The first rule of quality IT sourcing is: be where your talents are. Sourcing tools can be of great help but nevertheless, you need to know more about your target group.

So ask yourself some questions:

  • Where do programmers spend their time?
  • Where do they work on open source projects?
  • Where do they share knowledge and help each other?

If you know the answer to these questions then you are on a good way on your IT sourcing path. Programmers are a specific group of people whose work is their passion and they spend their free time on programming on their own. You can easily find them when you know where to look for. Read More