Dear developers👩💻, recruiters🕵 and companies🏢,
I am a software developer.
In the last few months I have been in the process of looking for a new challenge.
I was able to find a great team and interesting project😍 but this post isn't about it.
It is about the job search process itself.
What I have to admit, is that the recruitment process was quite demanding and time-consuming.
It required the coordination of several phone calls, phone interviews, and onsite meetings.
I often found myself repeating answers for the same questions:
- What is my motivation?
- What technologies do I know?
- Why I am applying to this company?
Looking from the other side, I was probably just one of many candidates in the big sea.
Could it be done better? I bet it could!
It seems that the job search process is (not only in the IT industry) in some parts broken or bad designed.
I am happy to share my insights about the recruitment process from a Software Developer perspective and tell what made me pick one company and say “Thank you”👎 to the others.
The first annoyance is hearing the same questions across interviews at a company. (e.g. "What is your motivation for applying?").
Now, I understand that some information can get lost in the across multiple interviews but, dear companies and recruiters, please try to make it a consistent narrative and make sure that you are up to date with the notes from the previous meeting or call with the candidate.
It is beneficial for both you and the candidates to get to know each other better during the interviews.
If you require the candidate to have an interest in what you are doing, then you should also make sure to get a better understanding of the candidate's background.