There is one tech recruitment trend that isn’t changing: demand for talent continues to outpace the supply. There are however plenty of other things across the tech hiring landscape are changing. Knowing what is happening in the market will prevent you from getting caught off guard, and missing out on the best candidates. Here are a few tech recruitment trends to keep an eye on.
Interview Processes Will Get Shorter
Developers have never liked searching and interviewing for new jobs. In a recent recruitment study, two-thirds of respondents said that they would “lose interest in a job if there was no follow-up within two weeks of an interview.” And according to CIO.com says that 41% of CIOs agree that their interview processes are too long.
So after the summer holidays, it may be a good idea to sit down with your managers and evaluate the current interview process. Identify points at which communication with candidates has broken down in the past, and ways it can be streamlined. If there are stages that have proven to be unnecessary, consider eliminating them.
Salary Negotiations Will Eventually Be a Thing of The Past
Do a quick Google search for “salary negotiation,” and you will find a plethora of articles about how candidates can avoid lowball offers. Plus with the compensation data that is available to developers these days, there will be much less room for companies to offer below-average salaries.
More companies than ever before are sharing salary information in their job listings, and are getting an average of 60-75% more clicks, even when the range is on the lower end of the scale. Rather than prolong a negotiation process, offer what you can afford to pay, and be transparent about how you came to that number. You will save everyone’s time.
Improved Candidate Experience on Mobile Devices
The Pew Research Center found that 1 in 10 adults are “smartphone only” Internet users. If you think that this doesn’t apply to job seekers, it does. Internet practices don’t change drastically just when someone is looking for a new job. They use the device they normally use to search the web.
As such, ensure you are paying attention to the mobile candidate experience. Until recently many people thought of a mobile job search as nothing but “click to apply” buttons, which enabled candidates to apply with one click (and without a cover letter). But it is more than that. It is the way job listings show up on mobile devices, the ease at which one can navigate between the listing and the website, and the user-friendliness of submitting any information (not just a resume).
Outsourcing to Specialist Search Firms
Tech is a world of its own when it comes to recruitment. Even the most seasoned HR teams know that it is usually impossible to find the best candidates without help from niche search firms. More companies are employing the help of such firms to use their networks to identify potential candidates and avoid the ‘job posting’ hassle all together. The cost of trying to recruit AX Developers for example or Netsuite professionals, without specialist agency help is often too high—monopolising time of hiring managers and HR personnel alike for weeks, if not months.
About Oliver Parks
Oliver Parks Consulting offers search-based recruitment solutions to the technology sector, specialising in the ERP, CRM, CMS, ECM, BI and Open Source Technology spaces. The firm’s multilingual consultants operate in narrowly-defined niche market segments, enabling them to gain extensive knowledge of the people and companies operating in each technology. Oliver Parks has a proven track-record with more than 100,000 candidates worldwide and more than 300 clients globally.