Finding the Perfect Fit: Software Manager’s Guide to Smart Hiring

Hiring software professionals can be demanding at the best of times, especially if you don’t happen to be a software expert yourself. In a tight labor market, it can feel nearly impossible. Fortunately, there are a few key steps you can take to boost your hiring success.

Revisit Your Job Descriptions

Hiring the right software talent begins with your job descriptions. Take out any gendered or otherwise discriminatory language, such as “ninja” or “rockstar.” Succinctly describe your tech stack. List the essential skills for the role, and either eliminate those that are nonessential or put them in a separate “nice to have” section. Briefly describe your company and what the role entails daily, but avoid rambling or creating large walls of text.

Use Blind Hiring Software

Everyone has some unintentional bias, based on our own experiences. For example, you might favor someone who attended your alma mater or lives in the downtown corridor. Blind hiring software makes the process more equitable by stripping out identifying information from resumes, allowing you to focus solely on the applicant’s skills and experience.

Focus on Tech Assessments

Traditional job interviews have their place. But when you’re hiring software professionals, the most important consideration is whether a candidate can do the job. So lean into assessments that measure how well prospective employees can handle tasks that are common in your workplace. This also makes the process fairer for nontraditional candidates, who may have learned valuable skills on their own rather than in school or from a past employer.

Work with a Dedicated Staffing Agency

If you aren’t a software expert, you might not even know exactly who you need to hire. Would a developer or an engineer, or a programmer be best? And you may be even less sure how best to assess potential candidates. What questions should you ask? How do you know if their approach to problems is right for your company?

A dedicated technical staffing agency can help. We speak the language of software professionals. We know where to find them and how to recruit them. And we understand how to assess whether they’re the right fit for your organization. We can provide you with short-term temp workers to cover gaps in staffing, along with a short list of highly qualified candidates to fill your open positions.

Build A Forward-Thinking Software Team With PEAK

If you are looking for talented software professionals to help your organization achieve its goals, contact the experts at PEAK Technical Staffing today to learn how we can help you access cutting-edge talent.


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