How to Determine a Candidate’s Cultural Fit in an Interview

Determine a Candidate's Cultural Fit

In recent years, there has been a noticeable struggle to fill direct hire IT positions. As the market experiences a polar shift, the demand for qualified IT professionals has increased beyond the talent supply. Fierce competition has arisen from that talent scarcity and has split most employers into one of two groups: those who move fast but overlook cultural fit and those who linger on culture without filling positions.

The problem is that both tactics are counterproductive. Filling job openings with incompatible employees leads to high conflict and employee turnover. Waiting for almost mythic, idealized candidates leads to a large loss in productivity and revenue. Yet there are ways to quickly identify a direct hire’s cultural fit without wasting time. Best of all, most of it can be done during the interview. Continue reading

Our Mid-Year Review of the State of the Denver IT Job Market

Sunny Day In Denver Colorado

The Denver IT market is finally getting its dues. Back in February, Information Week and Dice partnered up to release their list of the hottest cities for IT professionals and Denver was in the top 10. That’s no surprise to people in Colorado.

According to Dice, the average annual IT salary in Colorado’s capital is $94,940, which is eighth highest in the country. But where is the Denver IT job market expected to go from here? Continue reading

EdgeLink Denver Roots for Candidates in Go Code Colorado Finals

EdgeLink Denver Go Code Colorado

On May 21st, 2015, members of the EdgeLink Denver team witnessed the final round of the Go Code Colorado competition unfold first-hand. Sponsored by the state of Colorado, Go Code Colorado challenged development teams statewide to create apps using public sector, open source data to help local businesses make smarter decisions. The final round pitted nine teams against each other for one of three $25,000 grants and hands-on tech sector mentorship sessions.

Edgelink was represented at the event by Amanda Grochowalski and Ashley Martinez, both Senior Technical Recruiters on the EdgeLink Denver team. Amanda said, “one of our candidates was a member of the MentorMatter team and anyone who knows EdgeLink understands that we were ecstatic to see one of our candidates reach so far.” Continue reading

How To Give An Effective IT Interview

How To Give An Effective IT InterviewFinding top IT talent in today’s market is no walk in the park.  The unemployment rate in IT remains low at 3.5% (Dice.com) and less college graduates are picking technology as a major, shrinking the talent pool.  However, the growth in IT projects and jobs has not slowed.  In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in IT growing 3.9% annually over the next 10 years while all other industries average only a 1.3% annual growth.  As a result of all this, professionals in charge of hiring IT talent are having a harder time finding the right people to fill their jobs.  This makes the recruiting and hiring process that much more important. Continue reading