How To Recruit a Candidate Based On Their Technical Skills?
There is a prevailing notion that the job market is entirely influenced by the employers based on their requirements. But the days are gone when hiring the right software engineer was just about following the industry standards. Recruiting the candidate based on a specific skill set as required by the organization has always been a steep climb for HRs. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a very large pool of talent in the industry. But the challenge lies in finding the right talent or as they call, “hybrid” talent, with a good skill set, in an industry known for being competitive in catching the big fish. Luckily, there are some unique strategies to technically assess potential candidates.
Optimize your resume search:
As soon as you post your job requirement, hundreds of resumes start flowing in. As you start sorting through them, it is advisable to have a clear idea as to what exactly (skills) you are looking for. Here is a list of some questions you can start with,
- Does this person’s skill set match with what you are looking for? For Example- if you are on the lookout for a java developer, is the one?
- Do they have experience in the field? Are they currently working with the technology?
- If they have used it before, do they still have the proper “know-how” in the IT and business tools to get the job done?
- Have they performed similar roles or have worked on similar projects corresponding to what you want them to do here?
Tune your interview questions:
The general drill is all well and good for normal interviews. But when you are out looking for specific talent, you need to adapt the questions accordingly. Squeeze out tiny details about their technical life, so to speak. Some examples are:
- What kind of technical aptitude do you have?
- In your previous role, have you ever trained someone on this technology?
- Can you demonstrate how you would explain a technical problem or solution to a non-technical person?
- Apart from your current technology, what are you most interested in learning?
Use modern screening techniques:
When hiring the right software engineer, testing their skills is essential to verify if what they claim is true. Thankfully, there are some online coding tests like DevSkiller and TechScreen to help you out.
Apart from this, employers are looking at candidate’s profiles in code sharing forums like GitHub and Stack Overflow to judge their proficiency.
Don’t hesitate to get help:
This sounds exaggerated, but what most companies are afraid to do is accept when it needs help hiring for a new skill set, outside its scope. Better safe than sorry, right?
Author: Sanjana Murali
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