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
After sourcing, candidate screening process in IT recruitment is the second most time-consuming stage. No one wants to waste time on weak candidates. Weak in terms of their skills, personality, culture fit and so on.
There are several different assessment and screening tools which help you get through your IT recruitment process smoother and these tools will save your time and money. In case of IT recruiting it is not only a matter of confirming information in a resume or verifying behavioral or decision-making traits but also it often includes technical screening. Starting with video interviews, technical skills and psychometric tests to background checking find what you can do to get your new employees on board as fast as possible.
One of the most important but still ignored aspects of hiring a software developer is verifying how candidate is dealing with the code and whether is able to express their thoughts with particular programming language. Usually in IT recruitment we do it by asking candidate to write some code solving particular problem. Candidate can do it alone or as a pair programming with the recruiter (Hit the bull’s eye with coding tests in natural environment [case study]). We do it because writing code is one of the most important things developers do on a daily basis. However we should also remember that developers much more often read than write the source code. So we should not forget about verifying if candidate is able to quickly analyse and understand some code snippets. We can simply show some code printouts or (even better) give IDE with some project and ask questions related to what is happening here. That’s where code review challenge is really helpful. Read More
We thought that it is a serious problem if you want to hire Java developer and you haven’t got a clue what to look for when you search through candidate’s LinkedIn profile or a CV. That’s why I wrote this article, to gather all the information you need if you are an IT recruiter searching for programmers with Java skills. Read More
You are looking for a person who can not only code, but is also able to resolve your problems and meet your expectations. You post a job offer on a couple of recruiting portals, do a headhunt through LinkedIn or networking and contact recruiting agencies to get as many promising candidates as you can. Every resume or LinkedIn profile states that your candidate can program in specific languages and in certain frameworks. Read More
After publishing a post concerning most common don’ts of hiring programmers we received some questions regarding programming tasks and the way we should verify coding skills.
From my long-term work experience I’ve got a lot of consulting practice on recruiting process of programmers in some of the biggest IT companies based mostly in central-eastern Europe. Read More
How often do you find yourself in being disappointed with programmers that you have just hired? You spent hours of your time on looking through hundreds of CVs, reviewing plenty of code lines, conducting many interviews. You’ve chosen a few… still in reality they turned out to be far from what you have expected. You are wondering what went wrong… Maybe we will help! Read More