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According to a report by the World Economic Forum, “65% of tomorrow’s workers will have jobs that don’t exist today”. Digital transformation and technological advancements are changing the future of work, creating more specialized roles and changing the labor market.
This change is not uncommon – the labor market has evolved for years, in response to technological advancements. Jobs are lost, more are made. However, rapid digitalization has increased the pace of this change – and its magnitude.
Naturally, IT and technology companies are at the heart of this transformation. As the future of work continues to evolve, businesses must revamp their talent sourcing efforts and invest in reskilling and upskilling their workforce.
And thus, technical screening for IT companies remains imperative. In this article, we’ll cover the merits of technical screening, the fundamentals of conducting it successfully, and the widely employed multi-stage process.
And how can it benefit your business?
The widening skills gap has become a pressing issue, and IT & technology companies have been hit hard due to the specialized nature of their roles. Unfortunately, enterprises don’t have the independent resources to tackle the skills gap at its core; at the academic layer.
However, companies can close the skills gap internally by:
Closing the skills gap internally allows companies to stay competitive and help employees develop professionally.
Merit-based hiring prioritizes a candidate’s skills and experiences, but companies struggle to achieve true merit-first recruiting. This is because unconscious biases plague the recruitment process, influencing hiring decisions at the cost of merit.
Fortunately, advancements in technology, especially AI and automation, have helped minimize unconscious biases from the hiring process. In technical screening, employers can leverage AI-powered scoring and predesigned skills tests to reduce involvement from recruiters and hiring managers.
IT companies may struggle with hiring at scale due to:
Fortunately, technical screening helps combat these challenges by helping recruiters standardized the evaluation process. Moreover, with the help of technical screening platforms, HR teams can automate labor-intensive, repetitive tasks.
The time to hire and cost per hire are vital recruiting KPIs that some HR teams live in fear of. When recruiters are expected to do more with less, standardized systems and technology can help reduce hiring times and costs by streamlining the hiring process.
For example, recruiters can leverage skills assessment platforms to evaluate thousands of applicants remotely, simultaneously. Automated scoring systems ensure candidates are evaluated quickly, helping them transition along the recruitment funnel and reducing the time to hire.
Ultimately, prioritizing merit, mitigating unconscious hiring bias, and streamlining the hiring process help companies acquire the best talent. Leveraging technical screening platforms also helps improve the candidate experience by easing applicants’ transition through the recruitment funnel, and ensuring that they’re evaluated fairly.
With a positive candidate experience and a commitment to merit-first hiring, recruitment teams increase their chances of acquiring best-fit talent.
IT companies need to devise recruitment strategies that incorporate technical screening; the screening itself cannot define the process.
Digital transformation has become something of a buzzword, but there is merit behind the hype – digitalization is indeed a necessary step for modern companies. Those that fail to embrace digitalization have an expiration date.
Thus, as companies digitalize and accelerate technology adoption, they will need to fill more specialized roles – either internally or externally. Some IT leaders, like Infosys, rely on a combination of upskilling internal talent and sourcing external ones.
HR teams need to anticipate hiring needs, factoring in their company’s digital transformation, through HR forecasting. Recruiters and hiring managers will need to leverage technical screening as part of their acquisition strategy for these new roles.
As roles become more specialized, tech recruiters may struggle to design accurate evaluations and screening processes. HR technology has attempted to bridge this gap, with skills assessment platforms offering role-specific test templates and question libraries. However, HR teams may still face challenges – and they should consult internal expertise when necessary.
Existing employees, including team leaders, are better suited to understand a role’s needs. They can identify requirements for cultural fit and necessary skills and even aid in test design. Thus, as roles become increasingly specialized, HR teams must engage internal leaders while designing the technical screening process.
As we’ve alluded to, HR technology plays a vital role in technical screening for IT companies. In a simpler capacity, applicant tracking systems (ATS) and recruiting platforms help companies automate aspects of technical screening, including interview scheduling and tracking applicants at scale.
However, mature tech skills screening software not only automates processes, but also improves the quality of test design and implementation. Tech screening software offer:
Technology is thus a vital part of conducting successful, fair technical screenings at scale.
For technical recruitment to be successful, HR teams need to design defined hiring processes, with clear screening, evaluation, and interviewing stages. In tech recruitment, multi-stage recruitment processes (we’ll look at these in the next section) are standard.
When designing your tech recruiting process, it’s important to prioritize ‘filtering’ the initial wide talent pool to reveal top performers. These high achievers can then be evaluated more comprehensively, through different tests and interviewing processes. In general, it’s not feasible for HR teams to thoroughly assess the entire applicant pool – hence the need for prescreening.
HR teams may feel pressured to fill roles quickly to meet internal needs. However, it’s important to remember the purpose of technical screening, and recruitment in general, is to acquire the best-fit talent. And to achieve this goal, employers must deliver positive candidate experiences.
HR teams must therefore prioritize the candidate experience when designing the hiring process, from as early as crafting a job description to the end onboarding stage. Recruiters need to identify ways to reduce friction, such as leveraging automation to improve correspondence, or providing feedback after evaluation.
Collecting feedback at crucial stages – such as after conducting a remote skills assessment – will help recruiters identify areas of friction to improve them.
Multi-stage recruitment processes have become common in general, but IT and technology companies have specifically adopted a similar, standardized methodology. In general, IT companies – including leaders like FAANG and megacorps like Infosys – follow some variation of the format:
While the specifics of the process vary from company to company, the general structure remains consistent.
As we’ve covered, HR technology plays a vital role in technical screening and the future of tech hiring. Or, rather, the now of tech hiring.
WeCP (We Create Problems) is an integrated tech recruitment platform used by global IT leaders, including Infosys and MindTree, to improve tech talent acquisition. WeCP lets HR teams:
Connect with and nurture your talent pool across different channels, making sure your company has quick access to top talent when its time to fill new roles.
WeCP’s question library includes over 150k questions to vet over 2000 technical skills, helping IT companies design custom tests and evaluate applicants at scale.
WeCP’s cheat-proof technology, including AI-proctoring, question shuffling, and plagiarism detection, ensure fair play. And automated scoring, which assesses candidates across 12+ performance metrics, minimizes hiring bias and prioritizes merit-first hiring.
WeCP’s platform is equipped to assess applicants simultaneously in bulk, whether you need to vet 100 candidates or 100,000+.
WeCP has helped our partners reduce hiring times by x18 and cut hiring costs by 65%. Hire the best talent within your budget, on time.
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With an extensive library of 150k+ unique questions for more than 2000 technical skills and precise candidate report analysis for faster decision-making. WeCP was able to cater to the New Jersey (US) based Tech Giant – Ness Digital Engineering by reducing their hiring cost by 65% and eliminating the manual candidate screening process.
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