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How to Retain Software Developers in Highly Competitive Markets

Posted by Arin Olson on Oct 9, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Your best developer might be interviewing with your competition, and you won’t know it until he or she gives notice. According to Recruiting Developers in 2015, 65 percent of developers are open to new job opportunities. This means almost two-thirds of your software development team is open to hearing about other roles—possibly from your competitors.

Consequently, with such fierce competition for talent in the marketplace, retaining your quality software developers has never been more important. Here are a few tips for keeping your technical talent.


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Topics: Employee Retention

How to Find and Hire Database Administrators

Posted by Rich Moy on Oct 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Database administrators (affectionately referred to as DBAs) are the gatekeepers to all the information that keeps your business moving. They work hard to make sure that a business’ valuable data is properly stored and protected, while also staying up-to-date on the latest trends in software and hardware to give your organization a leg up on keeping all that information out of the hands of anyone who shouldn’t have it. Because they are so crucial to your entire organization’s success, it can be difficult to find and hire database administrators. To help you kickstart your search, here are a few things you should know about DBAs that will make you stand out in front of top candidates.



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Topics: Interviewing

4 Behavioral Question Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing Developers

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Oct 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

These days, behavioral interview questions are seen as a necessity in most interview situations. Regardless of a candidate’s technical ability, hiring managers need to get an idea of their attitude, teamwork skills, and ability to communicate (all of which can be assessed fairly easily through behavioral questions). When asking behavioral questions, be sure to avoid the following mistakes.


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Topics: Interviewing

Why More Tech Companies Than Ever are Flocking to Denver

Posted by Rich Moy on Oct 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Denver has always been known for its majestic mountain views, burgeoning music scene, and unbeatable beer culture. However, over the last few years Denver has also grown into a technology powerhouse. Earlier this year, the 2015 Kauffman Index ranked Denver 5th in overall startup activity, which includes the rate of new entrepreneurs, opportunity share of new entrepreneurs, and startup density.

Now that we have data to support the fact that Denver is a booming place for startups, what else about the city makes it so great for tech companies—and top tech talent—to lay their roots?


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Topics: Work Environment

4 Things to Include in Your Developer Onboarding Documentation

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Oct 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Setting up an efficient and effective onboarding process for new technical hires should be top of mind for hiring managers and CTOs alike. Although many aspects of onboarding are physical, such as setting up the hardware or introducing the new hire to their team members, it’s also important to pay attention to the documentation. Here are a few things to include in your developer onboarding documentation.


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Topics: Onboarding

Make it Easy for Your Tech Team to Participate When You’re Hiring Programmers

Posted by Rich Moy on Oct 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM

In a previous life, I worked as a recruiter for a not-for-profit organization, and I can speak to the importance (and difficulty) of keeping hiring managers engaged throughout the interview process. We’ve made no secret of how important we feel it is to get your tech team’s feedback during resume screening. However, to keep them involved, it’s up to you to make it easy for your tech team to participate in the hiring process. I reached out to a technology manager and an HR executive for their thoughts on getting a tech team’s buy-in on full-cycle hiring, and here’s what they had to say.


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Topics: Developer Hiring

Hiring Developers for Skill Vs. Potential

Posted by Alan Henshaw on Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Putting together a solid engineering team without breaking the bank may be one of the toughest things to do since landing on the moon. There is no exact science to hiring engineers. Some will say it’s an art, some will say it’s a gut feeling, and some will say it’s just luck. In all honesty, it’s probably a mixture of all 3. There are some things that you can do though to increase those odds of building a talented and long lasting engineering team. Besides having great recruiters and an excellent talent acquisition process, let's take a look at the pros/cons of hiring for skill vs potential and what fits best with your organization.

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Topics: Developer Hiring

Why You Should Ask About Side Projects When Interviewing Developers

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Sep 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If there’s one thing you should bring up to your developer candidates during the interview process, it’s asking them to tell you about their side projects. Although this holds true for other professions as well (like writers and designers, for example), it’s especially pertinent to engineers. In fact, 70% of developers who responded to our latest survey reported that they spend 2 or more hours per week programming either as a hobby or working on open source software on the side. So why should you bring up side projects when interviewing a technical candidate?


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Topics: Interviewing

How to Find and Hire a Front-End Developer

Posted by Rich Moy on Sep 29, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Front-end developers are tasked with building the part of the web that we all see and interact with every day. In less technical terms, every time you load and use a website on your desktop, smartphone or tablet, you’re looking at the work of a front-end developer. To help you stand out in front of the best candidates, here’s a guide on how to find and hire your next great front-end developer.



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Topics: Developer Hiring

Personality Tests in the Developer Interview Process: Yay or Nay?

Posted by Rachel Maleady on Sep 28, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Chances are you’ve either taken a personality test yourself or given one to a candidate you're interviewing. If not, you may be in the minority -- experts estimate that as many as 60 percent of workers are now asked to take workplace assessments.

Personality testing is a $500 million industry, with over 2,500 tests currently on the market in the U.S. alone. So how do you know which one is the right fit for your hiring process (or if you should even implement them in the first place)? We asked engineers and COOs alike what their thoughts were on personality tests being used in the interview process and here’s what they had to say.


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Topics: Interviewing

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