It’s a known fact that IT specialists prefer to be employed by an IT company. But in today’s world every company is sourcing for quality IT candidates, especially in the e-commerce sector. Well it is not mutual unfortunately as developers can be seen running away when you mention “commerce”. There is still a way to find and hire IT specialists for a Non-IT field.
India’s First Map Based Job Search Portal, JobMindz.com through this article discusses about this important topic. Unfortunately, an IT candidate might be less interested in a vacancy in a non-tech company. There is a line of candidates for every other vacancy, but serious efforts have to be made to find a great developer and make them want to work for a small online store. It’s difficult to find a good IT specialist and easy to lose one. When we just started headhunting, the perfect candidates either left in the middle of the job interview or didn’t show up at all. So we changed a lot in our strategy, made real progress in IT hiring process and now we are glad to share our experience.
Let professionals hire professionals
It would be a huge mistake to make a random recruiting specialist, who is in charge of closing all vacancies, to recruit IT personnel. Hiring a good developer requires special skills. It is better to find a recruiter who specializes in IT sector. Look, if your company has German partners, you will hire several German-speaking employees, right? Well, same here.
If you are in constant search of web developers, then you’d better assign a separate person to this process. In case it is a one-time task, it’s easier and cheaper to use a recruitment agency.
It is important for your recruiter to speak the same language with the applicants. It is also important to be able to think outside the box so that a non-conventional question or phrase from the applicant does not send him reeling. Such kind of misunderstanding might make the interested candidate think that the management is out of touch, and therefore change his mind and decline the job.
Conduct market research in order to find out how much it actually costs to hire your dream candidate. Do not rely on just other companies’ offers. Your aim is to understand the professional level or the required candidate – and if you cannot afford it, maybe it’s better to look for a talented beginner and support his professional growth within the company.
The point is that IT candidates are a very special kind of applicants, dramatically less in number than in sales or marketing, and even few if you need a really great one. That is why their wage expectations are pretty high. You won’t be able to find a web developer with a salary below than average on the market. Well, maybe you will – someone who is still in high school.
So, the market research will help you to understand who exactly you’re looking for and offer a decent salary to a relevant candidate. Your dream candidate might demand more money than you have planned. Well, sometimes it is a potential employee who decides on the amount of wage, not you. So it’s for you to choose whether you want a senior or junior developer to be on your team.
A generous salary is not everything that good developers are seeking, but it is the first step to make them interested in the vacancy. The more special skills you need, the more expensive it’s going to be.
Create an atmosphere of IT company
No matter what your company profile is, you will need to create a new atmosphere. IT Company means flexible hours, comfortable office space, free snacks, lack of dress-code, interesting challenges – that’s what developers are expecting from you. Be prepared to make at least one of your company’s departments to look and feel like an “IT company branch”.
It is necessary to understand your dream candidates’ expectations: attend IT events, read relevant online forums (paying special attention to the comments), consult the experts, check market researches. Spend some time to investigate the really important factors, and you will learn a lot.
Do you know how important the developer’s workplace is? A lot of companies purchase office furniture thinking mostly of design, fitting in, making a nice picture. Well, your IT specialist does not care about the chair’s beauty, price or outstanding design: he needs it to be comfortable so his back wouldn’t hurt, and that’s it, because practically he’s always at his desk working (not at conference room meetings, coffee-breaks with partners or random meetings next to printer). The table’s height, the back of the chair’s height and comfort, the right distance towards the display – that’s what really matters. Consult the experts before organizing the developer’s workplace to make it as comfortable as possible but be prepared to change it upon the request of some picky (and the most valuable) specialist.
There are some other conditions to be mentioned. Free coffee! Ok, you got it, but make sure the coffee maker is as close to developer’s desk as possible. It would really brighten up his life – well, coffee and some free snacks.
And of course, if there’s a strict dress code in your office, make an exception for your IT specialists. Wearing a tie definitely wouldn’t make them more productive (quite the contrary, actually).
Use the individual approach
You need a personal approach to each candidate. Once again: good developers are on highest demand now and they know it, so be prepared to meet their expectations.
Generally, our office work hours are from 9.30 till 18.00, and this regime is important for everyone who’s dealing with company partners directly – but developers don’t. All their workflow goes via JIRA, where tasks are prioritized and assigned to the specialist.
That’s why if IT specialists prefer to come to work earlier or later than other employees, you’d better be okay with that. When you set the flexible working hours for the IT department, you’d see that a lot of developers often choose to work “off hours”, stay at the office until late and are ready to work from home and on weekends.
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