The tech talent shortage won’t come as news to you, but maybe this will – sometimes the solution isn’t a lack of candidates, but your own hiring process. It might not matter who you’re attracting if you’re not enticing them to stay or evaluating them. If this might be your company, try these four ways to get luckier when it comes to hiring.
1. Correctly evaluate skills
When interviewing, you’re always looking for the candidate with the right skills for the position. Unfortunately, other judgments may pop up during the process causing you to not see things clearly. For example, an unconscious bias related to their gender, race, age, or religion could affect your decision-making skills.
One way to overcome this is by using a technical skills test. Instead of going simply on opinion, present each candidate with a test related to the position to see what they can do. Remember in every situation to look at what they can do beyond your first impressions.
2. Stop focusing so much on fitting into your culture
Yes, you want to hire someone who will fit into your team, but that doesn’t mean they need to be exactly like everyone else. Part of culture is blending in people with different backgrounds and personalities and making it work with the larger organization. Focusing on a specific type can lead you to overlook qualified talent.
3. Make it about the relationships
Forget your focus on the transactional aspect – they want a job and you have a job – and focus more on how to build a relationship with the candidate. By making it more about them, you’re giving them a better experience and increasing their interest in working for you. Plus, relationships can benefit you in the long haul.
4. Work with Smoothstack
Partnering with Smoothstack means your days of complaining about the lack of tech talent are over. We have a sustainable and scalable supply of skilled IT talent and we can deliver without the usual time-wasting frustrations. Our tech talent recruiters can fill your pipeline with the ready-to-perform talent you desire, fresh from an immersive training program designed to mirror your existing stack. Connect with Smoothstack to learn more today!