Hiring Developers: How to Avoid Buyer's Remorse
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Most hiring issues can be broken down into one of three categories: constraining factors, improper vetting, or lack of awareness. The following sections outline the problems found within each.
- Hiring for a position often comes with a "hire by" date. Requesting an expedient hiring process is understandable, but enforcing a time line can lead to mediocrity.
- Some feel the pressure to fill positions in an attempt to move the needle of progress. While this is commendable, guarding against unreasonable pressure must maintain a higher importance.
- Budget constraints are a common hiring hurdle. One must pick his/her battles in this arena. Additionally, any disparity between the skills required and the salary allowed must be red flagged.
- Some companies adopt a hasty evaluation process in an attempt to fill positions. Take time to call out these situations and challenge those on the impact of improper hires and their ripple effect.
- Never hire in a vacuum. Include a variety of people in the process and encourage each of them to ask questions and provide a recommendation. Having a variety of opinions helps avoid "groupthink."
- Don't overestimate a resume. Like a display window at a clothing store, resumes are built to draw people in. They are a conversation starter. Use them as a tool during the vetting process, but recognize their limited purpose.
- Individuals who are naturally personable can have a calming effect on people. This can cause people to loose focus, lessen vetting efforts, and provide unsubstantiated recommendations.
- Always test the abilities of a programmer. Although the difficulty and breadth of a test can vary, it's important to validate a developer can apply his/her skills.
Lack of Awareness
- In situations where the hiring process takes an extensive amount of time or effort, fatigue can set in. This can inadvertently lead to a lowering of standards and disconnectedness.
- Don't go into an interview without a clear understanding of the job requirements. Without this knowledge, recommendations may be offered under false assumptions.
- During the hiring process, impatience is common. It can manifest in interviewers, managers, or other stakeholders. Be aware and stay on top of this as it can create unnecessary ground swells.