The work of an IT recruiter is a gruesome task since it requires a high level of dedication and the eye of an eagle to catch the perfect developer for the task needed. To understand this, we first need to understand what exactly Java is and how important it is for the IT industry.
Java is a programming language, which is the basic coding language for the applications made. Java is not considered an easy language for non-developers as it requires intelligent skills and practice. Be it any startup business looking for creating a prototype or a well established business planning to move the next step in the ladder- all of their searches end at the Java developer with the correct skill set and experience as putting the project on hold due to the lack of such developer can cause a lot of friction and frustration in the market. So, here is a guide to get you going and set you on the right track in the quest of the perfect developer.
The uncommon project idea–
The root cause of the shortage of Java developers in the market is the number of projects available for the developers and the people actually doing them. This gives the engineers an upper hand in choosing which project they want to precisely work on. So, in the process of hiring a skilled Java developer, the first step should be creating an interesting project to work on, which will enhance the possibilities of attracting interested developers and might even give you the people to choose from. Your proposed article should pose unique challenges and new requirements. One should always be willing to change the terms and conditions to suit the developer’s needs and responsibilities too.
The screening phase–
After the IT recruiter has been able to attract many applications for his/her business enterprise, the next step that stands due is the screening phase, which happens mainly in two further phases-
The resume screening and shortlisting–
Once the candidate is selected, the first thing that happens is the screening of resume and shortlisting the candidates which the selection body finds fit. The following things might serve as important key points in the selection of candidates.
Knowledge of the different versions of Java technology.
Knowledge of Solr and elastic search
Knowledge of Hibernate, EclipseLink, and OpenJVA for object-relational mapping purposes.
Knowledge of Spring MVC, JaxRS and Jersey for RESTful services.
The knowledge of these serves as an important factor for all the developers. Secondly, the significance of the java certificate is very high for accessing the developer’s skills before actually testing them along with the required experience such as open-ended contributions to some big projects, are the ones that make the candidate worthy in the workplace.
The technical screening phase–
Since it is a near to impossible task to draw reliable information and content from the resume. So, to cover up the given flaw, most of the companies call for direct interviews of the candidates, which either take place over call/ video call or by meeting personally. This stage is very crucial to the type of developer a company gets, as the employer and the employee meet each other face to face for the first time and interact with each other after close analysis of the personalities. The various questions that the recruiters generally ask pertain to the experience, the knowledge, and opinions regarding different topics, the decision-making skills in Java technology and lastly, a behavioral or situational question.
Online coding tests-
The last step in the screening phase is the online coding test. After the candidates have passed the previous two steps successfully, the recruiters generally take an online coding test to observe closely, their skills in the practical arena. The coding test that you give the candidates with, should not bar them from using external sources. In some cases, an open book test proves to be more impactful. Secondly, the test should not pose the basic java consistencies, but some higher level stuff as it excites and interests the developers and will also give away the best technical minds to you.
Highlighting the USP’s of your project-
While looking to a hire java developer, there need to be some attractive USP’s for the sale of your project. For example, you can provide the developer with extra autonomy in decisions or give some shared responsibilities. You can also give the developer, a chance found nowhere, to develop and experiment with your project and then publish it with his copyrights along with the company. All of these are bound to help you find the perfect person for the coding project.
Hence, in a job market where the IT professionals get a say, the recruiters can always turn the tables to their favor and hire the best coding maniac out there with the help of above-mentioned tips. You have to always be careful while getting any person into the enterprise and thus, a thorough interview and background information is necessary to be handled and observed with care. Lastly, the tactic used to lure the applicants towards your project is creating a unique project work, with an interesting USP.
Alex Jone is in a HR and Recruitment at Alliance Recruitment Agency- an IT Recruitment Agency. He specializes in helping with international recruiting, staffing, HR services and Careers advice service for overseas and international businesses.