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Top 5 IT Hiring Faux Pas that are best avoided

By Umme Sutarwala - September 21, 2021 4 Mins Read

Top 5 IT Hiring Faux Pas that are best avoided

In today’s tech-driven world, finding ideal employment solutions can be incredibly difficult, especially for organizations in the IT industry. Hiring top IT talent is critical for business growth and success, which is why skilled IT specialists are in high demand and difficult to come by.

It’s essentially a candidate’s market when it comes to IT jobs. If the company hasn’t yet been impacted by the projected post-pandemic turnover tsunami, it will be shortly. As a result of the pandemic’s hybrid work possibilities, IT leaders need to have more unfilled posts and have a harder time filling them.

This emphasizes the importance of increasing retention efforts. However, there are some IT employment practices that need to be reconsidered. The capacity to attract and retain top IT talent can be improved by fine-tuning the recruiting technique.

Also Read: 5 Strategies to Combat Digital Transformation Fatigue

5 IT hiring pitfalls to avoid

Here are five areas to focus on as organizations attempt to enhance their IT hiring procedures during this key year, whether they are looking to attract top tech talent, create a new team, or add another member to their existing organization.

Too many cooks

Interviewers that are inexperienced, untrained, or unprepared can jeopardize a company’s chances of bagging a new hire. However, this is the only issue with many corporate IT job interviews. A lack of organizational alignment about the objective of each step in the interview process can also have a detrimental impact on interviews. Furthermore, hiring managers should be clear with both their hiring team and the candidates about the aim of each interview, say industry experts.

Many candidates are opting out of the interview process due to the excessive number of interviews required. It’s considered too many if there are more than three interviews or seven interviewers.

Flexibility of work should be prioritized

Candidates are declining to interview for good jobs in greater numbers than ever before because the circumstance does not fit their work-life balance or geographical requirements. It’s a buyers’ market.

Embracing a hybrid workplace style that allows employees to work how and where they choose can help recruit new hires. For the past year and a half, many candidates have been quite successful working remotely and are being choosy about what works best for them and their families.

To achieve a yes from their top picks for crucial roles, IT directors should be more innovative and flexible with compensation.

Lack of definition of roles

Long before interviews are planned, hiring managers should be clear about the required skills profile for a role. It’s the most effective strategy to ensure that the hiring team concentrates its attention on candidates who have the highest chances of getting hired. It also reduces the wastage of hiring costs. I profiles that don’t fit the job role, even if hired, will not stay, and attrition is a cost the HR teams have to bear.

Hiring managers should have more product-level agnosticism for job ready skills, rather than firm requirements for particular skills and qualifications, so they can locate more competent candidates. The more time businesses put in up front, the less time they will need later to find the best prospects.

Also Read: Five Employee Retention Strategies to Retain Top IT Talent

Timed tests or at-home evaluations

Companies that take too long to hire in-demand IT employees will lose their patience. Rather than needing take-home exams or timed activities, one method to shorten it is to incorporate technical assessments within the interview process. This will reduce the number of candidates that drop out.

Approaches that are unique

If businesses have a lot of roles to be filled, they certainly should look for ways to save money. If a large number of people need to be hired, management should organize a tech hiring committee and entrust it to high-performing or high-potential team members to head it and supervise the hiring process. Along with establishing this team, organizations should also educate HR teams on what to be rigid about, the absolute must-haves, and which qualification standards are flexible so that they can scrutinize resumes with far more clarity.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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