IT Skills Assessment Tips
IT skills assessments and testing is becoming increasingly popular for organisations of all sizes, as they battle to streamline hiring processes and to secure the best talent. So which is the best way to assess your candidates’ technical skills?
Is Testing Right for Your Company?
Pros of Skills Testing:
- Screen most “tyre kicking” applicants.
- Reduce unnecessary number of interviews.
- Ensure efficient use of Hiring Managers’ time and resources.
Cons of Skills Testing:
- Can discourage skilled applicants that have been over-tested.
- Time-to-fill can be extended.
- Increase the risk of losing top candidates.
How to Find the Right Test
When you are recruiting Intermediate to Senior level Developers, ensure your testing methods are sophisticated enough to keep them engaged. If you are looking for some inspirations, see below for a few examples of effective testing methods.
- Multi-choice Questions (Junior Roles)
- Coding Exercises (Junior-Intermediate Roles)
- Code Analysis (Junior-Intermediate Roles)
- Whiteboard Exercises (Intermediate-Senior Roles)
- Pseudo Problems (Intermediate-Senior Roles)
In-House Testing vs Testing Providers
Each of these options offer unique benefits. In-House Testing can give you a chance to observe how a candidate thinks, and how they perform with the essential tools and technologies, whereas if you are seeking to simplify the process, Testing Providers is your best option.
Not every role and company is the same, and therefore it is highly important to find a testing method that suits your needs. If you are ever in doubt about whether skills testing is right for you, get in touch with one of our Specialist Recruiters for expert tips.