Tips for Conducting Technical Interviews

Finding great tech talent for the right price is hard.  Even with IT recruiting companies to help you find a candidate pool, it can still be hard to find the best people to fill open IT jobs in your company.  Here are a few tips IT staffing firms suggest using as you conduct technical interviews.

1. Consider ditching any tests or exercises.  IT recruiting firms find that many candidates who are great employees don’t always do well in a timed, pressure-filled exercise or multiple-choice test.  Some candidates will even be less likely to want to continue the process if there’s a coding test or exercise as part of the interview.  With such a limited market, you don’t want to limit your candidate pool further.

2. Aim to have an interesting technical conversation.  The less a technical interview feels like an interview, the more you’ll get a real understanding for what the candidate is like.  One way IT staffing companies suggest doing this is by asking the candidate to talk about a project they loved working on.  Letting them pick the project they discuss will allow the candidate to show you their passion and their strengths in an authentic way.

3. Don’t forget to sell the position to the right candidates.  While your IT recruiting agencies will certainly help you sell the position to the candidates you like, it’s also important they catch your enthusiasm.  They will be sold if you can share what you like about working on your team, your project, etc.  If you have members of your team sit in on the interview, make sure they’re all people who can genuinely convey why it’s great to work at your company or organization.  Nothing sells an IT job better to a candidate than seeing current employees who enjoy the work and culture of a company.


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AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.