How To Hire Tech Talent When You Don’t Have A Technical Background
You are reading this, nodding your head because you have been there before. You’ve tried hiring tech talent when you yourself do not have a technical background and it has been a total nightmare. You do not know where to start, how to assess their skills, or even if they are qualified for the position! Don’t worry—we got you.
In this blog post, we will outline some technical recruiting tips on how to successfully hire tech talent even if you do not have a technical background. Let’s get started!
If you’re an entrepreneur
Seek help from your co-founder or Chief Technical Officer(CTO). In this day and age, it’s not uncommon for companies to have a CTO. They’re often responsible for making sure that everything from technology decisions to project management is handled with care, and sometimes they even look into more than just these two things.
Technical co-founders or CTOs can be invaluable in helping your company succeed because they understand the technology inside out which means less time wasted on research missions while recruiting tech talent!
If you’re a recruiter or hiring manager
If you’re from the hiring team, the best thing to do while hiring tech talent is to ensure that individuals who are specialists in that field are involved in the hiring process.
If you want someone who can do a specific programming language, involve the experts in that field and ask them about their knowledge on job descriptions for different languages.
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Tips for Hiring Tech Talent As A Non-Technical Recruiter
Let them know what position they’ll be applying for
Talk about the position – Give a link to the applicants for them to learn more about it. This gives them insight into what they can expect if hired and also helps you stay updated on their applications.
Be sure of what type of skills you need exactly
We all have different needs when it comes to hiring tech talent. What do you really need from them? For example, if your team needs an innovator with less experience in programming languages but who is motivated by solving technical problems and building products, then you should look for candidates that meet these criteria over somebody more specialized towards one particular skill set (even though this may be what they’re most qualified in).
Have a standardized list of questions ready
Standardized hiring processes are great for reducing bias and putting together not just a skilled, but also a diverse and inclusive team. While there is a wide range of DevOps interview questions out on the web, your questions should be tailored to specific skills needed for this job. If you need fast-paced developers who can work quickly and efficiently in an agile environment then it won’t help greatly if we come up with long lists containing very math-based queries – after all, they would only test what already exists within their abilities.
A better idea would involve researching such jobs and talking to CTOs or team leads before crafting your own list of questions. It may require hiring managers to conduct some manual research of their own for questions that feel more suited to your company’s needs.
Avoid yes or no questions
To get a sense of how experienced the candidate is, avoid leading questions like “Have you used Eclipse or Java before?” Instead, ask open-ended queries that will lead them into giving more detailed answers that will help you analyze their skills and problem-solving acumen.
Conduct virtual coding assessments
While hiring tech talent, non-technical hiring managers are often faced with the challenge of determining whether or not candidates have what it takes to work in their profession. Resumes might not always paint the complete picture, and asking questions solely on the basis of resumes could cost your company precious time and resources.
Instead, conduct online coding tests via a reliable pre-employment testing software that can assess candidates accurately. Tech hiring platforms have a whole bunch of features that make it easy even for somebody with a non-technical background to pick out the top candidates. From a library of tech questions to automated leaderboards that highlight top talent, these platforms have all the tools you need to come to a hiring decision.
Recommended read: How To Create An Automated Assessment With HackerEarth
Recruiting Top Tech Talent Just Got Easier With HackerEarth
HackerEarth is the ultimate recruiting software for finding top-notch developers that will help you not only source tech talent but also hire, onboard, and upskill them along the way.
Our assessments include –
1. 80+ skills with 13,000+ questions at your disposal
You can now create highly accurate coding assessments with minimal technical know-how using the rich library of questions available on HackerEarth Assessments. If needed, you also get access to custom-made ones for specific needs and requirements.
2. Project type problem questions
When simulating on-the-job problems, it is important to ask different types of queries. We provide you with 12 question sets that include project-type inquiries as well.
3. Automated invigilation
HackerEarth’s automated invigilation helps you create robust proctors with powerful image processing and reporting. It also allows for customized settings that ensure completely fair assessments, eliminating any chance of impersonation or copying code from one assessment to another.
4. Real time code editor with Jupyter Notebooks integration
It has a real time code editor with 40+ languages that can be programmed in, Jupyter Notebooks integration to make it easier on you when collaborating between teams or simply saving your work offline without the worry of losing data if there’s an internet connection failure which makes the tech recruiting process more manageable. And most importantly – HackerEarth assessments are highly dev-friendly.
5. Detailed Reporting
HackerEarth provides you with a detailed report on each candidate’s performance with insight-rich details that highlight their strengths and weaknesses in coding.
FaceCode is a revolutionary tech hiring platform that lets you easily invite and conduct coding interviews on a real-time editor and also automates your summary notes.
With FaceCode, you’ll never have to juggle more than one tool during your coding interview. A state-of-the-art collaborative code editor for all programming needs, it comes equipped with a built-in question library, a diagram board, and more. It has an HD video chat facility as well.
Hiring processes can be lengthy and time-consuming, but with the right tools, you can simplify them and find fresh talent that will help propel your business forward. Remember the above tips when searching for a new developer so you can hire someone who fits your company’s needs and culture!
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