Simple change could result in better hiring results

Finding IT talent can be a challenge in such a competitive job market. One twist on hiring could result in finding qualified candidates others may have missed, though. 

NPR recently highlighted a company called GapJumpers that looks to make blind auditions more prevalent in IT.

Basically in addition to posting jobs, companies also post a challenge for applicants to complete, such as writing code or creating a sample website. According to its creators, this method helps companies find candidates who don’t fit the typical background of IT pros, such as female applicants, self-taugh techs or those who didn’t attend college.

Blind hiring

Blind hiring processes are nothing new, but when techs have their choice of potential jobs, they could take on new value.

Whereas the typical model of hiring asks about a candidate’s qualifications, then has them prove it in a test, this model could be more effective: Before they can even get in for an interview, candidates have to show they meet the qualifications.

Some things to consider if you go this route:

  • Test competency first. Make sure the test you provide is basic enough to prove competency, not to demand perfection. Waiting for the perfect candidate often doesn’t work – and if you hold out too long, you may find the candidates who were “good enough” are off the market.
  • Allow for feedback. If a candidate has trouble with the test, you may want to solicit feedback to make sure the instructions and expectations were clear enough in the first place.
  • Rely on interviews. This method doesn’t replace the traditional interview, it complements it. If a strong technical candidate doesn’t interview well or raises red flags, they may not be a good fit regardless of skills.


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