Developer Recruitment and Selection Processes.

The process for recruitment of software engineers, coders and developers has remained the same for some time now. What can hiring managers and human resources do to refine this process and increase the chances of getting the right hire faster at a lower cost.  


Talent that falls into these broad categories, often referred to simply as developers, are generally not the best at selling themselves in the traditional recruitment and selection process. Resumes tend to be quite generic and may not provide more information than experience of various programming languages and organisations worked for. Even in an interview scenario it can be difficult to accurately assess a candidate’s real skill set and experience. It requires the assistance of specialist tech hiring managers with a deep understanding of the technical requirements for any open roles. 



To assist in sifting applications human resources can set a series of programming tests that applicants perform online in their own time. The tests can be set by the tech hiring manager and will be geared to that organisation and the job role’s specific requirements, this may include finding a bug in a defective piece of code for example. There is a good selection on online programming test providers that can be used by human resources and in most cases provide a user-friendly environment for the candidate. 


Live Coding Tests. 

The live coding test is comprehensively feared and despised by the majority of developers irrespective of whether they are novices or immensely experienced. Completing a live coding test can be done either in person using whiteboards or online using screen sharing. Candidates are given a brief and they are observed by one or more interviewers whilst completing a task in a set time. Interviewers are looking at the candidate’s ability to think, code and communicate with interviewers who are observing their use of logic and their ability to explain what they’re doing in a high-pressure environment. 


Technical Online Forums. 

Hiring Managers will often refer to a candidate’s portfolio of work or check their online presence in communities like GitHub and Stack Overflow. These online communities allow developers to communicate with like-minded individuals to solve problems and discuss new technologies for example. By checking a candidate’s profile the tech hiring manager can quickly assess how active they are, how many followers they have and the programming languages being used. It is also possible to see what projects they are authoring and the number of contributions being made. 


When human resources commence advertising for open developer roles the mix of candidates can vary hugely and it can be very difficult to sift applications to a manageable shortlist. If candidates then need to go through a series of tests, interviews and live coding tests the whole process can become labour intensive and time consuming. Using tech hiring tools can greatly assist in getting to an accurate shortlist faster and at a much-reduced cost.                  


One such company who are game changing the face of recruitment by providing a robust process to deliver more efficient recruitment is Hire Digital. A start-up recruitment company with a global presence that has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the digital tech recruitment process. Their talent management ATS software platform gives digital talent recruiters a strict criterion for posting job adverts and descriptions and their AI works in such a way that it generates a much smaller more targeted candidate list by using up to 40,000 attributes. They key to this is efficiency, recruiters spend less time generating job advertisements and trawling through hundreds of CV’s to get their shortlist, Hire Digital tech can rapidly access up to 1bn talent globally. 


Hire Digital is an AI technology with a human touch that is completely revolutionising the recruitment and selection process. It’s two times faster, 50 % cheaper and ten times more accurate than traditional hiring tech. To find out more speak to Robin Brohl at Hire Digital he is a real person and would love to engage with you and help you streamline your recruitment processes.