January 14, 2011 — You would think that as our industry mends from the recent global financial calamity a top developer priority would be to recruit the crème de la crème of high performance, low maintenance sales and marketing professionals who write ‘clean’ business resulting in extremely low rescissions.
Doing so would ‘seem’ to be a no-brainer but after a little investigation I was literally shocked at some of the recruiting practices I’ve come across that include, believe it or not, written “IQ” testing and ‘other’ such written examinations and of course the usual (nowadays) “drug/alcohol” and “background” tests.
I even came across a couple of TS recruiting websites that insist on the applicant’s SSN and other highly personal information before a phone interview is granted and those sites (forms) are not even secured, meaning the information you input on their forms is floating around out in cyberland available to any half competent hacker.
Then there are the websites that require the applicant to possess the time and ability to navigate a maze of forms laid out in a manner similar to the labyrinth in “The Shining” just to start the inquiry process let alone get to the initial ‘application’.
All this furthered my interest so I called a few ‘blind’ ads I found listed on Craigslist, etc. only to get ahold of either a person who knew absolutely nothing about the position being ‘advertised’ or, worse, a ‘manager’ type that I thought was long put to rest and should surely be standing on a used Moped lot somewhere these days.
Sure, times change but if developers are wondering where all the real talent is these days they might want to re-evaluate their recruiting practices, etc. because it appears that the neo-recruiting process leaves a LOT to be desired and the real Pros are likely looking elsewhere for new opportunities.
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