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Devskiller platform update – what is new? #February2018

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #February2018

By | Changelog, Human Resources, IT recruitment, tech trends

It’s 2018 and boy have we been busy. That means making our platform better and generally helping lift standards in the tech recruitment field. Our users have spoken and we’ve worked tirelessly to make their experience better.

We have a bunch of new cool features and products we have realised that will help you achieve your tech recruitment goals. So without further adieu, let’s see what’s new at Devskiller.

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A diverse group of people

Avoid unconscious bias in your tech recruitment process

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

The goal of the tech recruitment process is fundamentally about finding the best person for the job. The simple truth is that by eliminating unconscious bias in recruitment, you access more qualified candidates than you could before.

I think you would be hard-pressed to find a person in tech who goes into the recruitment process consciously giving into their biases. In the same way, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a hiker who goes into the mountains expecting to be saved by mountain rescue.

Unfortunately, hikers still get stranded and there is still evidence that the tech industry is rife with bias. The Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Survey found that their respondents who were professional developers were almost 90% male and almost 80% white.

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Devskilller tech recruitment book

[JUST PUBLISHED] A tech recruitment book every HR Pro should read

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

It’s time for some big news!  Our long-awaited tech recruitment book IT Recruitment Process That Works. Proven strategies, industry benchmarks and expert intel to supercharge your tech hiring is out and is available exclusively on Amazon.

The comprehensive guide to technical hiring is written by our cofounders, Kate Kandefer and Tom Winter, who share their insights and experience in hiring software developers.   Read More

GDPR headache coming to recruitment in 2018 – resolved by Krzysztof Dzioba of EY LAW

By | Expert Interview, Human Resources, Recruiting Tips

The Web has transformed how people look for jobs as well as the way companies recruit professionals. Candidates either fill out forms and willingly submit their personal information or are identified by recruiters based on the information they choose to share online. In some cases, the data of candidates involved in the hiring process get mishandled.

On 25 May 2018, a new privacy regulation addressing this issue comes into force. It’s called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Although May 2018 may seem far away, there’s a lot that needs to be done so you need to start right away. The clock is ticking, but organizations are still far from ready. According to a 2017 study by TrustArc entitled “Privacy and the EU GDPR”, 61% of survey participants reported that they have not started the process of implementing the GDPR. To give you a better understanding of the GDPR and its implications on the recruitment process, we talk to Krzysztof Dzioba of Ernst & Young Law Tałasiewicz, Zakrzewska i Wspólnicy sp.k. Read More

Introducing Devskiller Tech Recruitment Certification Course

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview

Tech Recruiters are faced with one of the biggest challenges in HR because they chase after the second hardest group to recruit globally (according to ManpowerGroup research). As a consequence, the degree of competition in tech recruitment is FIERCE.

That said, some tech recruiters operate with outdated methods or even worse, have no structure they follow and optimize. Others act like there’s still a surplus of talent in tech while there’s actually a scarcity of talent. Not only do these people fail miserably, but they also give good recruiters bad rep.

Moreover, in tech recruitment, there’s always room to grow. Even the best recruiters need to keep learning to stay on top of their game.

That’s why we’ve decided to take action and designed our educational course dedicated to tech recruitment. We want to give you a competitive advantage over your competitors so you can recruit the best developers out there. And everything is FREE, with the aim to participate in building a better Tech Recruitment market.

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[CHECKLIST]Candidate experience 101 for recruiting software developers

[CHECKLIST] Candidate experience 101 for recruiting software developers

By | Expert Interview, Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

Checklists have been proven to be incredibly useful to professionals dealing with risky and complex situations like pilots and doctors. Because a consistently great candidate experience is essential to successfully recruiting the best devs, we have created a checklist you can use to help you provide a great experience every time.

If it is your job to hire software developers, my hat goes off to you. Finding one is like finding the perfect life partner. You have to go through a difficult, expensive process to find out if the two of you are right for each other. If it works out, you are rewarded with lifelong love and companionship. If it doesn’t, you could be left spending a lot of time and money on something that doesn’t go anywhere.

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cost of hiring a bad developer

The real cost of hiring a bad developer

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment

Did you know that hiring a new software developer can cost $31,970 in recruiting cost alone? You could splash out almost the same on a Tesla Model 3 so it won’t come as any surprise to learn that the hiring process is a high stakes game of poker, where you risk a lot in the hope of getting a great developer who will make a huge contribution to your company.

But what happens when you hire the wrong person? Just take a moment and ask yourself this:

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programming contest

Use programming contests as an efficient way to attract and engage developers

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment

Developers are in increasing demand, a fact that doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon. This means that the higher the demand for top tech talent, the more efficient you need to be with your sourcing in order to attract the best coding talent. One of the best ways to do this is to organize a programming contest. If done right, it can be a great way to attract devs to your conference and pick up qualified candidates to funnel into your recruiting strategy. Read More

AmazingHiring – a tech talent search engine [expert interview]

By | Expert Interview, Human Resources, IT recruitment

Sergey Dmitrichenko is CEO and co-Founder of AmazingHiring.
Sergey started his career in tech recruitment in 2006 after graduating from a leading Russian technical university (Bauman Moscow State Technical University). In 2011 Sergey founded recruitment agency “GMS” – nowadays one of the best IT-recruitment agency in Russia & CIS.

AmazingHiring is the Ultimate Search Engine for Technical Talent. Read More

Glossary of IT terms for Tech Recruiters

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview

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

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 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

Candidate-centric approach to hiring: 10 lessons from Jill Macri (Airbnb)

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

In his fictional letter, author & entrepreneur Bryan Adams discusses his tumultuous relationship with recruitment industry. The poignant letter focuses on the importance of filling open racks at the speed of light with a simultaneous lack of respect for candidates involved in the process. Here’s what he has to say:

“We always said we’d put the candidates first. (…). I’m not completely blaming you, I know you’re under a tremendous amount of pressure at work. I know you’ve got to deal with explaining a high attrition rate as well as filling a sudden spike of vacancies right now (…). Last week you even completely ignored me for two days just because I suggested that you should call the candidates with some meaningful feedback – It would have meant so much.”

Sadly, Adams is speaking the minds of many recruiters and even more applicants. Read More

How to design a fully functional hiring process in IT

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, Recruiting Tips

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

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

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment

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