The expectation when you’re an IT or tech recruiter is not knowing how to program. You don’t need to know how to code, build system architecture, or even manage a team as a Scrum Master. As an IT recruiter, your job is to be able to speak while attracting some of the best technical minds into your business to solve your clients’ challenges on the cyber battlefield.
However, some IT recruiters are disappointed with their BS skill level. And it shows to applicants, who will most likely ignore you and pass the interview.
Here are some IT recruiting mistakes and things to avoid.
THE RECRUITER WHO SENT UNQUALIFIED CANDIDATES
Time and time again, tech teams and hiring managers get frustrated with the IT recruiter sending any candidate with Java on their CV for pre-interview review. A chief architect notes his experience hiring at a notable mobile data company:
“Why do you keep sending us people who couldn’t get out of CS101 and who have absolutely no knowledge of algorithms or data structures?” I insisted on filtering everyone because they had trouble saying no in the past, and I ask very simple questions. the [people]… You don’t even send me… converting between Java collections and arrays with any comfort, not to mention some of the more esoteric problems in the CS world such as the massive “FizzBuzz problem”.
Understanding the technical requirements of the position you are pursuing is an absolute must above anything else. It takes some research, but it will allow you to get to know your job better and better present the company to candidates.
THE IT RECRUITER WHO’S CONFUSED WITH WHO THEY INTERVIEW
I have heard applicants complain more about the knowledge base of an IT recruiter, especially when it comes to actual skills. Asking someone who is building a systems architecture about the HTML coding experience is never a good idea.
Programming languages are used in software development. Examples of these include Python, Java, C, or Perl. System languages, by comparison, are designed for performance and ease of access to the underlying hardware. Examples include SPL and ESPOL, whose syntax is similar to ALGOL. Ruby on Rails? AKA Rails is a server-side web application framework.
As a general rule, knowing your stuff is enough before a conversation.
THE IT RECRUITER WHO HAS NO IDEA WHAT DECADE THEY ARE IN
My dumbest recruiter in the world comes from my own experience, both in DoD and the private sector. At DoD, it was still COBOL. Either way, they would bring it into the conversation – it’s one of the oldest object-oriented programming languages still in use, but has no practical application for an exciting post than a candidate would go today. Plus, there’s no reason to ask questions about it in an interview …
On a related note, I worked for a tech startup that had a mobile development team – it was for an iOS app that was programmed in the Swift language. Recruiters new to IT would ask if applicants had 5 or 10 years experience in Swift programming! Ouch! It would be difficult for a language that has only existed for 6-7 years.
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