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Programmer Hiring & Vetting Process

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( 6 months ago )

I work sporadically as a programming contractor for a company that wants to hire its first full-time programmer. I was asked by the Director of Operations for guidance in the hiring and vetting process.

The recruitment services that they've used in the past have offered supposedly well-vetted candidates that couldn't hold their own in simple programming tasks (I have done several code-reviews for them in the past).

As I am unable to help in the hiring process, I would like to recommend a professional candidate vetting service of some kind, assuming such services exist.

The only thing that I've come up with through my Google searches is automated testing, like that offered by DevSkiller. While it looks like it's better than nothing, I'm sure that they would rather pay a real person to vet their candidates.

Do such services exist? Can anyone point me in the right direction?



( 6 months ago )

I'm one of the founders at Devskiller. I don't want to promoted here, just wanted to help you with your question.

The problem that we found on the market is that there are a lot of companies that want to help you to source candidates, but have problems with checking their technical knowledge. Most of them just look through their CVs and call them to ask some questions about their previous projects. To vet candidates in the way you would like them too they would need to have a SME in each technology that they would check their skills and that would be very costly.

Devskiller was born out of frustration. we had actually the same problems as you mentioned because what was available on the market just verified algorithmic knowledge. We wasted a lot of time vetting people if they are real programming problem solvers in certain technologies. IMHO we achieved our goal, but off course, you would have to try it yourself to see if that is the thing that you are looking for.

If you have any questions just let me know.

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