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How to screen and assess tech candidates

Screening tech candidates is a crucial step in acquiring quality talent. This is a quick but thorough method to screen and assess tech talent.

July 25, 2021
Yuma Heymans
September 7, 2022

Screening candidates is one of the most time intensive parts of the recruiting process. Every tech recruiter knows what it feels like to go through hundreds or even thousands of profiles to select the right candidates to reach out to or invite for a next step in the hiring process.

The most important element of an efficient screening process is having the right information.

There are 8 billion people in the world, and therefore potentially 8 billion profiles if you would not have any way of filtering or scoring those profiles.

Luckily there are technical screening tools that can help in the screening process so you as a recruiter can work a lot more efficiently and focus on the profiles that already are a good match for your job.

One of the tools you can use to cut through the noise is HeroHunt.ai which provides only the best matching candidates based on your job description.

These are the steps to screen tech candidates:

1. Filter profiles

The first and one of the most essential steps is getting the right selection of candidates. This first step is crucial because you don’t want to screen millions of profiles, so you need a way of getting from millions of profiles, to hundreds or dozens of profiles.

This is where your initial filter or matching tool comes in.

Tools like HeroHunt.ai take your job description and give you the set of best matching candidates so you can focus on the deeper level candidate screening.

2. Initial screening

After HeroHunt.ai has found the selection of best matched candidates for your job position, you can start your own screening of the profiles. By clicking on a profile, you get to see the extended candidate information including summary, skills and top matched skills, experience years, job history, languages and social links.

This information can be used to assess whether the candidate is indeed a good fit so you can reach out to them.

3. Further research

If you want to deep dive into the background and online presence of the candidate you can follow their social links which HeroHunt.ai finds for you and includes in the profiles. This way you can really get a good sense of who the candidates are and what they have been contributing so far to the tech community and companies they worked for.

If it’s a software engineer candidate, you can look at the code that they shared with other engineers for example. If it’s a marketeer you’re looking for, you can see what content they have created.

4. Optional: candidate assessment

You can have the candidate do an assessment before you invite them for an interview. This can be for example a coding test which selected software engineers do to assess them on the core technical skills needed to perform the job.

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