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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

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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

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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: 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

Technical recruiter hiring guide

The all-in-one technical recruiter hiring guide

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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

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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

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

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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 | One Comment

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

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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

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Conducting an interview in tech: the 7 steps you need to take

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | One Comment

Conducting an interview can be tricky when it comes to tech, mainly because many tech recruiters don’t possess the exact set of skills and expertise typical of the position they’re trying to fill. As a consequence, some HR professionals approach interviews with a high level of awkwardness, and in some cases, even anxiety. Let’s just say, the developers are not impressed. In fact, the word “interview” comes second on Stack Overflow‘s list of words used to describe the annoying part of job searching, and first on the list of words used to describe its exhausting part. Read More

How to make a job ad that no developer can resist

How to make a job ad that no developer can resist

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The technical recruitment process is hard enough as it is between the screening and the interviewing, the coding and the negotiation. But you can’t do anything without attracting candidates to the top of your recruitment funnel and for that, you need an amazing job ad.

It’s important to make a pitch that no developer would ever want to say no to. Your ad serves an important function beyond a simple explanation of the position you are trying to fill. It should be a reflection of you, your company, and the position, perfectly targeted to entice the right people while filtering out the wrong people.

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DevOps skills screening

How to screen the most important DevOps skills

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

There are few things in programming as imprecise as DevOps. The name itself is even in dispute with SysOps and SRE also popular ways to describe the field. Not only that, there is no standard package of DevOps skills.

The role sits somewhere between that of a software developer and an operations engineer so the screening is highly specific to the exact skills the employer is looking for. So how you do you screen for DevOps skills? To get a better idea of this, it is important to start at the beginning.

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Which software engineer jobs pay the most

Which software engineer jobs pay the most

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, tech trends | 3 Comments

Software engineers are incredibly valuable with some software engineer jobs paying as much as you would a doctor or a lawyer. At the same time, the barrier to entry seems to be getting lower. The number of professional developers with less than a bachelor’s degree who responded to Stack Overflow’s Developer Survey has grown to a full 25% of the respondents. This begs the question, if just about anybody can do it, what makes software engineer jobs pay so much?

To find out, we needed a big data set so we turned to PayScale. Using that platform, not only are you able to see the salary range for a software engineer, you can break it down by skills, location, and company.

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The seven deadly tech recruitment sins

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In the ideal world, your tech talent pipeline is full of candidates and when you select one and tell them you’re interested, they’re game. Once you make an offer, they gladly say yes.  Fast forward a couple of days, they sign the employment contract and you live happily ever after. In reality, you have to spend hours sourcing, personalizing and generally need to bend over backwards to get your message across. With the high competition for software developers these days, it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to lure a candidate to join your company. In other words, the recruitment process in IT is rife with challenges, even to seasoned recruiters, not to mention those guilty of some of the biggest tech recruitment sins.  Read More