Technical Interviews and Interviewers

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Most tech companies prefer to hire experienced software developers and engineers.  Senior Developers will always be particularly appealing, considering the intricate nature of some tasks and the constantly changing development needs of the tech industry. 

As a result, there is a continual need to maintain and advance knowledge of current shifts and trends by employees and employers.

While companies will have contrasting applicant requirements, most will administer a technical interview to assess skills.

Technical skills are expertise gained while performing digital tasks.  Those skills should provide the competence to perform required tasks and to share those competencies within the company.  A programmer with insight into the Java programming language, for example, would find their skills in very high demand, due to its consistent popularity. 

Currently, the most in-demand technical skills are:

  • AI (Artificial intelligence)
  • Machine learning
  • Data Science (statistics), Analytics, Visualisation & Engineering
  • Cyber/network/ IT Security
  • Cloud computing (internet storage)

And the top programming languages are:

  • Java
  • Python
  • R
  • Julia
  • Prolog

Technical Interviews

Occasionally, an employer may conduct a technical interview to assess an applicant’s aptitude for a specific role.  These are usually on-site but can be online.  They can involve a set of ‘what if’ scenario questions or a practical assignment (take home, code challenge, whiteboard, or screen share method). 

Technical interviews give employers a chance to assess not just an applicant’s practical skills but their problem-solving methods and how solutions are communicated.  This allows them to visualize how that applicant fits in with the company’s current workforce and needs.

Technical Interviewers

Tech experts as interviewers will know comparable skills when they see them.  They will run comprehensive interviews and look for the qualities required by the company. 

The skillset required by a company will vary from job to job, depending on the company’s needs at the time.  The official job description gives applicants more detail and an opportunity to frame potential questions at the interview stage.

Skilled interviewers will of course determine an applicant’s technical skills, but they will also have an interest in how issues are resolved and how solutions are reached. 

Why Seek Technical Interviewers?

Hiring the right people is vital for growth, and so too is the hiring process.  The best technical experts might be part of an outside recruitment agency — they can field candidates and highlight your company to job seekers in the IT community.  Most importantly, they can administer interviews at the correct technical level required.

Technical Interviewers:

  • Save Time

If you use your on-site tech experts for interviews, they must prepare and run interviews in addition to their everyday tasks.  Inevitably, time working and focus will be lost.  Post-interview, summaries will need to be written and provided to management.  Conversely, third-party interviewers will spend dedicated time doing all of this for you.

  • Are Cost-Effective

As mentioned, anything that saves time will save money.  Having your expert developers continue to work without distractions is a more productive use of their time and your money.

  • Are Unbiased

A third party will only look at your requirements and put forward applicants on that basis.  Company tech experts may bring their own preferences and preconceptions to an interview, but an outside hiring professional will be more deliberate and impartial.