How to Win Over Hot Job Candidates

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-05-2014 Email

In the recent past, we've reported on how intense the talent wars are getting for top IT professionals: Nearly one-third of companies plan to increase their tech department's staffing this year, compared to one-fifth of organizations which intended to do so in 2010, according to industry research. Among the top skills sought: programming and application development, help desk and tech support, network operations, mobile applications and device management, project management, business analytics, security and cloud computing. Clearly, the competition will only increase in recruiting promising candidates to fill these roles. All of this means that traditional cultural dynamics of the job interview are shifting dramatically. Employers can no longer assume they have the upper hand as many talented IT pros realize they're in the driver's seat. And guess what? You need to do more than just toss a bunch of money and great benefits at hot job prospects to land them. With this in mind, consider the following 10 best practices for recruiting, as provided by Janco Associates. They cover everything from preparation to interviews to post-interview follow-ups. And there's a simple yet effective, underlying message within all of these tips: Make candidates feel wanted—and treat them like you'd like to be treated. For more about Janco's recruitment best practices, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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