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 | 5 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

By | IT recruitment | One Comment

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

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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 | One Comment

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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Devskiller Platform Update June2018

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #June2018

By | Changelog

April showers have turned into May flowers and those have given way to June’s sunshine. While the sun shines down on the world around us, Devskiller is shining a light on our platform, adding new features and content to help our users.

To let you know how our user’s experience will get even better in June, we want to tell you about all of the new features that we’ve added to the platform.

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[EBOOK UPDATE]: How to hack process of recruiting programmers [with a Case Study]

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Technical hiring is becoming increasingly difficult because of the fierce level of competition for IT talent. Even companies who weren’t originally associated with tech now need software developers to grow. This comes with a number of consequences which altogether make hiring so challenging. How to hire a programmer who can really do their job well? We’ve found a formula which we present in our ebook entitled Hack the process of recruiting programmers [with a case study] which is an update to the original resource released back in 2016.

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How to hire a 10x developer

How to hire a 10x developer

By | Human Resources, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

Millions of keystrokes have been expended on the internet on the subject of the 10x developer. There are a number of different definitions and many question whether it’s a real phenomenon at all. But the myth is too good for most people to give up. Are there really developers out there who can amplify your results ten times? 

The truth is that there are developers out there who are 10x but they are not the ones you think. They aren’t lone wolf rockstars, with a reputation for doing on their own in a few hours what most teams would take a week to do. The truth is even more fascinating and can be the key to multiplying the effectiveness of your team.

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recruitment articles list post about Scala

How to screen the skills of a Scala developer to find the best – guide for IT recruitment

By | Coding Test, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

It can be incredibly difficult to find the right Scala developer. You have to search through mountains of resumes sent by candidates and recruiters to find the right one. But at the end of the day, it is hard to tell which of these potential candidates will be able to do the job and which are simply not right for your organization. To make your job a little easier, we’ve written this article to explain exactly what you need to do to find the right Scala developer. Read More

Recruitment KPI cheat sheeet Devskiller

[Cheat Sheet]: The Ultimate Recruitment KPIs to track your hiring success

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) allow businesses to evaluate and understand how well they are performing against their goals. They are used to measure a number of goals, including sales, marketing, financial performance, customer satisfaction, and most importantly, recruitment objectives. It’s essential for talent acquisition specialists to know and understand the most important recruitment KPIs which we’ve gathered in a cheat sheet which you can download at the end of this article. Read More