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Why You Shouldn't Ignore "Overqualified" Candidates for Technical Roles

Post by Rich Moy on Jan 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

I still have vivid memories of reviewing resumes from overqualified candidates. “This person looks great, but this job might bore them after a few months,” I’d think to myself. And in many cases, I’d simply take a pass out of an irrational fear that either the candidate would find the job boring or that we would ultimately find out that their salary requirements were too high. However, when it comes to developers that look overqualified for a job, it’s important to take a deep breath and think more critically about their candidacy. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t rule out a developer just because they appear overqualified on paper.

Tech Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2017

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

At this point in the year, you’re probably taking some time to reflect on your tech hiring successes and opportunities for growth. If you’re especially ambitious, you’ve already set a few goals for yourself in 2017. Some things like the intense competition to hire developers and the reality of top candidates not being available will always ring true. But to help you get off to a running start in 2017, here are a few tech recruiting trends to keep an eye on in the new year.

Why Intake Meetings Should be a Part of Your Hiring Process

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Many recruiters relish the opportunity to schedule intake meetings with hiring managers. After all, it’s an excellent opportunity to sit down to discuss what an ideal candidate profile looks like, as well as each interviewer’s responsibilities before launching a search. But I’ll admit that I wasn’t particularly thrilled about first intake meeting a few years ago. All I wanted to do was kick off my sourcing efforts and find great candidates ASAP.

Considering that Bersin by Deloitte recently found that the biggest indicator of a great recruiter is the ability to build relationships with technical hiring managers, I shouldn’t have been surprised that intake meetings made it easier for me to collaborate during the interview process. Here are a few more reasons intake meetings at the beginning of a developer search help set the foundation for long-lasting partnerships with decision makers.

How to Keep Recruiting Developers During the Holidays

Post by Rich Moy on Dec 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Hardly anyone would blame you if you thought of the holiday season as an ideal time to relax at work. After all, you’ve worked hard this year to find the right developers for your company, and it’s hard to stay motivated to keep recruiting during holidays. But even as things slow down around the office, there’s still plenty you can do to put yourself in a position to hire a developer for a crucial role next year. Here are a few ways to continue recruiting tech talent to wrap up the year.

Recruiting and Hiring from the CTO Perspective

As CTO, Mike has quickly helped grow Omnivore by bringing in the best talent available to help push the company's initiatives, partnerships, and integrations. By leading the hiring process, Mike can more effectively build on his team that has quickly grown the company from just a handful of people to over 30 employees nationwide. Mike is personally involved in all of the company’s technical hires, something that is rare for a CTO. Here are Mike's tips on how to be involved in recruiting and hiring as a CTO.

The Algorithm Vs. The Recruiter

As a recruiter, you may be worried about someday being replaced by an algorithm. A quick search on Google gives you plenty of articles both debunking this myth or confirming the “recruiter apocalypse.” These algorithmic robots are essentially systems set out to solidify the hiring process through pre-assessments that are said to be accurate and effective in hiring productive employees. Some claim that this algorithm can even predict employee behavior. So what does this mean for recruiters?

How to Evaluate Developers During the Resume Screening Stage

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 13, 2016 12:00:00 PM

If you’re anything like I was when I was a recruiter, you probably have a list of qualifications that you feel that you need to see on a developer’s resume. There’s a lot of pressure to find candidates that your hiring managers would be excited to interview, so it makes perfect sense to be selective. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that a developer is an ideal candidate for the job because of a long list of tech languages on his or her resume. Evaluating developer applications requires a different approach than the other open roles on your plate. Here are a few things to look for whenever you gear up to kick off the resume screening stage of your developer hiring process.

How to Find and Hire an Embedded Software Developer

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Unlike many other software development roles, embedded software development isn’t quite as straightforward. In fact, it’s extremely challenging to understand what an embedded software developer does on a daily basis without any basic knowledge of embedded software. In the simplest terms, embedded software controls devices that the typical consumer doesn’t think of as a computer. Things like light bulbs and touchscreen refrigerators are possible because of the work of embedded software developers. Considering how popular the Internet of Things has become over the last five years, it’s no surprise that embedded software developers are in high demand. To help you stand out from the competition, here are a few things you should know about embedded software engineers.

4 Things I’ve Learned from Recruiting Developers at Stack Overflow

As a tech recruiter at Stack Overflow, I’ve learned some important lessons when it comes to finding developers to work here. After all, as a company that is aiming to teach the rest of the world the best practices for hiring developers, I have to make sure that we’re practicing what we preach. Here are the four most important lessons I’ve learned about tech recruitment here at Stack Overflow.

How to Regroup When Your Top Tech Candidates Decline Your Job Offer

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 22, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Even when you think you’ve done everything right to recruit and identify your next developer, there will be times when your top target will decline to accept another offer. I’d be lying if I said this never happened to me when I was a recruiter, so I understand how unnerving it is to miss out on an outstanding developer. The frustration you feel when you hear the words “no thanks” from your top tech candidates can make it hard to bounce back and start recruiting and hiring programmers again. Here are a few tips to help you regroup and start your search for another great developer.

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