5 Tactics to Recruit IT Professionals with Confidence

Ratheesh ManivannanRatheesh Manivannan | Wed, May 31, 2017

IT recruitment can be a perplexing process for many hiring managers. The field represents a bold new frontier for many HR professionals, and their methods are often woefully inadequate as a result. Specialists in the IT field are in high demand, so companies need to offer a clear direction and plenty of incentives to draw in top talent.

Fortunately, it’s still possible to recruit IT workers who can guide your applications and platforms into a brave new world. If you deploy the right tactics, you’ll be able to find someone who will help you keep pace with the rapid changes of modern business technology.

Still unsure of your company’s future in IT? Don’t worry. These five tactics will help you understand what the future holds and how you can prepare for it through effective hiring.

1. Understand Your Needs

Successful business owners foresee problems and minimize them before they even occur. Strategic planning is essential to every component of modern business, and your IT efforts are no exception. It’s not enough to act according to your current needs. You need to anticipate challenges years or even decades ahead of time.

Before you start to recruit IT workers, consider what your company will need to succeed five years down the road. Which traits and skills will help you achieve your goals? Once you know these answers, you’ll be able to narrow your search so you can find the right professionals.

2. Network Early and Often

Talented professionals don’t approach you out of the blue—you need to actively seek them out. That process becomes difficult when you don’t know where these professionals congregate. It takes a detailed networking strategy to recruit IT workers effectively.

Attend local industry meetings and career fairs regularly, but don’t limit your search to physical events. Scour GitHub, LinkedIn, and other career-oriented sites to get a sense of the job market. Spend enough time in these spaces and you might find what you’re looking for.

3. Don’t Value Traditional Training Above All Else

Qualifications are important, but they aren’t the be-all, end-all of your hiring efforts. Technology will change drastically over a five-year period, so IT professionals must adapt to keep up. Auto-didacts—those who learn and grow their skills on their own—know how to stay proactive and learn constantly, which gives them an edge over traditional specialists.

However, self-taught workers often lack the professional qualifications their colleagues possess, which makes it easier for hiring managers to pass them over. Don’t make this mistake. Take a candidate’s qualifications into consideration, but weigh them against the applicant’s potential for growth. Self-starters may not look great on paper, but they often prove to be MVPs for the companies that take a chance on them.

4. Ask Better Interview Questions

Great interviewers know how to draw honest answers from their candidates. You won’t achieve the same results if your subject anticipates your questions. That’s why stock interview questions rarely work. Professionals see them coming from a mile away, and they rehearse answers they think hiring managers want to hear.

Before you meet your candidates, brainstorm a few unique questions for your candidates. Make them relevant, but ensure they vary from traditional queries. A great question will catch your interviewees off guard, but qualified professionals will be able to roll with these punches.

5. Work with an IT Recruitment Firm

These tips may seem simple, but implementing them all at once can be stressful. Sometimes, you need to hire quickly, and laying all this groundwork can take months.

In these situations, engaging an IT recruitment firm is your best option. These companies can put you in touch with talent that suits your unique needs. As a result, you’ll find the right IT specialists in less time for less money.

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Ratheesh Manivannan

Ratheesh brings over four years of experience in talent acquisition to his role as Staffing Specialist at Ian Martin. With a focus on both the Canadian and U.S. markets, Ratheesh has a keen attention to detail and brings expertise in telecommunication, wireless, and embedded systems.

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