Hiring a new employee for your IT Department can be a big challenge. Getting approval, creating a well written job description and posting it on the job boards is a big task by itself. And once you start interviewing candidates, the pressure only mounts. You want to make sure that you’re prepared in the interview to qualify candidates to find that perfect employee. After all, hiring a new employee is not only time consuming, it can also be a large cost to your company’s bottom line.
To help make sure you’re on your way to finding that right employee, it’s important for you to take into account the following 5 common IT hiring mistakes:
1.) Culture Fit
A company’s culture helps to identify certain attributes you should look for in an employee. If your company offers a “start up” mentality where there is flexibility, collaboration and a more laid-back feel, you shouldn’t be hiring someone who excels in a structured environment and is independent in their work. Bringing in someone who doesn’t fit in with your corporate culture could result in them feeling left out or out of place and not sticking around very long. Ask questions about how they work the best, what kind of environments they enjoy working in and paint a clear picture of your company’s culture.
2.) Slow Decisions
Today in IT, there are more jobs open than there are candidates to fill them. As a result, IT job seekers are getting multiple offers, quickly. Good for them, but bad for the companies trying to recruit them. If you find that perfect fit candidate, don’t sit on making them an offer. If you wait around too long, your perfect candidate will be gone to another job. You can always hire your second choice but after all the work you’ve put into finding your ideal candidate, you don’t want to lose your first choice because of poor timing.
3.) Pay Discrepancy
Before you even start interviewing, it’s imperative that your job description and job title reflect each other appropriately. Taking the job description, requirements and years of experience into consideration, you should accurately identify the appropriate salary for the job. If your salary or pay rate is too low, you will detract some of the best talent from applying for or accepting your job. Do some research to find the market rate for your position and make sure you are staying close to that range.
4.) Not Seeing the Skills
Resumes and references are a great way to gain insight into your candidate’s experience. However, there is no better way to understand what potential employees are capable of than having them demonstrate it to you during the interview. If it makes sense for your job opening, make your candidates whiteboard out problems or walk you through issues on a computer. Not only will it give you valuable insight into their skills and abilities but it will also show you how they work under pressure.
5.) Going Alone
Recruiting, interviewing and doing all the duties of your normal job can add up to more hours in the day then you have. If you find that your schedule just isn’t allowing you to recruit the way you need to or if you have been recruiting and just can’t find that right fit, you might want to consider using an IT staffing company. They will do all the heavy lifting for you: sourcing quality candidates, conducting phone interviews and going over resumes. They will send their top candidates straight to your inbox where you can pick your top candidates to interview thus, expediting the whole process.
Hiring the right IT employees for your team is important to not only your department, but your company as well. It’s important to be prepared going into the hiring process to make sure you are ready at every step to qualify the right candidates. Doing so will ultimately find you the perfect fit for the job.