Software development is a specialized engineering faculty, one that is respected and needed in various different businesses today. Understanding how to recruit a software engineer is important, this blog provides some tips for business owners, human resources professionals and other recruiters in general.
Software development engineering was the most in-demand career last year, 2019.[i] Successful software engineers have become increasingly short in supply and high in demand. This trend is expected to continue now that President Trump’s administration has suspended H-1B visas for thousands of foreigners to work in the U.S.[ii] This was done with consideration for the current economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic and in a bid to protect American workers facing a high rate of unemployment. Many companies were already having difficulty recruiting and hiring software engineers, despite often being great places to work. This makes selecting the right software development engineer for your company an increasingly difficult task.
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A software engineer designs and develops computer software and/or applications. They usually have a computer science degree and should have a solid understanding of programming, coding, and databases. If your software engineer will be interacting with clients or even colleagues and other engineers, they should have solid interpersonal and communication skills as well. Then, the specifics of what makes a particularly talented software engineer may be uniquely characterized to the needs of your company. For example, you may want them to have particularly deep knowledge about debugging software if that will be their primary or reoccurring responsibility.
As previously mentioned, software engineers need to do more than know programming and how to design software. It’s critically important to know what you’re looking for. To identify skills, strengths, and weaknesses, the hiring process can involve game-based assessments and behavioral interviews. Similarly, a coding assessment can be used to ensure they know how to program, as resumes can be manipulated but experience-based skills cannot. However, the results of such tests, assessments, and interviews, should not necessarily define whether or not someone advances to the next round of interviews. Candidates who may not have the exact experience or skills your company wants, may be coachable and/or be able to transfer other experiences and knowledge to a different role within your company.
In today’s fast-paced engineering world, programming languages go out of style extremely quickly. The tools you asked an interviewee about last year, may already be out of date this year, so update your questions every recruitment cycle. As mentioned, a candidate may not have experience with the specific tools and language your company uses, but by asking about how they might address a specific issue, or by focusing on algorithms, you can assess their ability to handle issues and learn new skills. It’s relatively easier for a great problem solver to learn a new language compared to learning the problem-solving techniques themselves. There will always be new problems and new programs, but a solid character assessment will help identify how each candidate will adapt.
Whether you’re considering launching a startup or small business, or are looking to grow an already well-established business by hiring another software development engineer, Integress engineering and technical recruiters can help. Hiring is one of the most important tasks for any company. Integress engineering and technical recruiters will screen all candidates, manage the tactics of the interview process, help negotiate and determine the best long-term fit for the unique ins and outs of your company’s culture and needs. We can handle the entire process of selecting and hiring the best software development engineer for you and with you.