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Ask a Developer: Which Employer Branding Mistakes Do You See Most Often?

Post by Rich Moy on Nov 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Your employer branding strategy can be the difference between hiring the developers you need and losing them to your competition. But acknowledging the importance of your employer brand isn’t enough to land on the positive side of that equation.

Even though developers have been outspoken about what gets their attention, there are a few common mistakes in employer branding content that they still see far too often. We reached out to a few technology professionals to find out which errors they’re tired of seeing. Read on to discover what they had to say.

Ask a Developer: Should Coding Tests Be a Part of the Application Process?

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about making coding tests a required component of job applications. Some employers see them as an easy way to screen programmers, improve candidate quality, and save recruiters time. But developers say that searching for new jobs and writing cover letters are two of the most annoying aspects of the job search. So we couldn’t help but wonder how programmers feel when they’re also required to take a short test before applying.

We reached out to a few developers to hear their thoughts about job applications with programming quizzes. Read on to find out what we learned.

Ask a Developer: What Makes a Tech Job Listing Stand Out to You?

Post by Rich Moy on Jun 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Although today’s developers don’t spend a lot of time actively searching for new jobs, job listings that resonate with a passive audience are critical components of an effective employer branding strategy. Based on what we learned about programmers’ job search habits in this year’s Developer Hiring Landscape, we couldn’t help but wonder what they look for when they sit down to review career opportunities. What makes them want to apply for some jobs instead of others? What are the things about most job listings that annoy them? To find the answer to these questions, we reached out to a few developers for their thoughts. Here’s what they had to say.

Ask a Developer: How Should Companies Choose New Technologies to Add to Their Tech Stack?

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Developers have made no secret of the fact that they love learning new technologies. Based on what we learned from the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape, there’s no shortage of programming languages for them to tinker with. In addition to some of the more popular technologies, developers named technologies like Go (17%) and Typescript (16%) to the top of their wish list this year. As tempting as it might be to add new programming languages to your tech stack as a recruitment tactic, engineering managers are always thinking of which technologies make the most sense for their teams. We were curious to hear more about how they evaluate and add new languages to their tech stacks. Here’s what they had to say.

Ask a Developer - What Should the Recruiter-Candidate Relationship Look Like?

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Your ability to meet your tech hiring goals in 2017 will boil down to the relationships you build with developers. While most recruiters would probably say that they’re confident in their ability to create rapport with candidates, it’s important to know what developers look for when they’re approached about a new opportunity. We were curious to find out, so we reached out to a few developers to hear their thoughts on an ideal approach to candidate relationship management.

Ask a Developer: How Can Employers Improve the Candidate Experience

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hey, I get it. After countless hours of sourcing developers and ushering them through the technical interview process, the last thing you have time to think about is how to improve the candidate experience. You might also think that the most common candidate experience best practices require huge chunks of your recruiting budget. Based on what a few developers told us, the truth is twofold: candidate experience is important, but improving yours doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your hiring process. Here are a few specific suggestions they had for employers looking to go beyond technical interview basics and make a better first impression on developer candidates.

Ask a Developer: How do You Choose Between Multiple Job Offers?

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

If your experience is even remotely similar to mine, I bet you can think of a few occasions on which you wanted to ask a developer why he or she declined your job offer. At times, knowing how developers choose between multiple job offers can seem like an unsolvable mystery. We were curious to see what types of things developers consider when they have multiple job offers on the table, so we reached out to a few people to learn about their experiences—and what ultimately lead them to make the choices they made.  

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