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Hiring developers? Your interview process is probably doing more harm than good

ZDNet

Owen is a senior editor at ZDNet. Based in London, UK, Owen covers software development, IT workforce trends and the evolution of tech and work. Companies may be hampering their own efforts to hire tech talent by using outdated and redundant interview methods. According to a survey of more than 10,000 developers and 4,000 tech recruiters, more than half of recruiters still use whiteboard coding tests in the developer hiring process. These contentious'pen-and-paper' interviews can be an inefficient hiring tool because they often eliminate highly qualified candidates who aren't used to performing in front of people.


The Best Way to Prepare for a Technical Interview

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

What are the best ways for someone to prepare for a technical interview? Technical interviews are where you get to meet potential teammates and collaborate with other developers to solve problems. Interviewers may approach the tech portion differently but the objective is always the same: assess whether you are the right person to join their team. That means you'll be presented with coding challenges to tackle, and be expected to be able to work through those problems, but, but also that, even when the interview is over, you still have an opportunity to show the interviewers why you're awesome. There are a number of different formats for technical interviewing.


Tech Companies Say They Can't Find Good Employees. The Companies May Be the Problem.

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Many technology companies bemoan how difficult it is to find good employees. A new study suggests the companies themselves might be partly to blame. At issue is a widespread reliance on what is known as the technical interview process. In addition to the usual vetting of credentials seen in many industries, technical interviews typically subject job candidates to layers of intense testing. Generally, such tests evaluate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


Whiteboard Memoirs: my new life in the tech lane

Mashable

Uber's impressive string of fiascos has singlehandledly underscored the need for more women in tech. A company that lacks diversity often lacks an intrinsic system of checks and balances. Uber, however, is not unique. The tech industry is riddled with gender gaps. And to date, attempts to bridge these gaps haven't proved successful.


It's time to ditch the CV: Why tech recruiters are changing how they hire

ZDNet

Software developers are fed up with lengthy and disorganized interview processes. More than half of recruiters are open to the idea of eliminating CVs from the hiring process in favour of an increase in skills-based assessments. That's according to a survey conducted by developer hiring platform CodinGame and technical interview platform CoderPad, which found that recruiters are increasingly wary of the limitations of resumes and other traditional hiring techniques when trying to identify candidates with the skills and experience to competently perform a role. The survey argued that removing CVs from the hiring process would help open up the talent pool and make recruitment more diverse. Two-thirds (66%) of technology recruiters said bias is an issue in hiring, with resumes regarded as "a major contributory factor".