Technical staffing is a challenge for nearly any in-house HR team. Unless your company is still very small, and hiring is handled by the same folks who are developing or engineering your technical solutions, it’s likely that your staff have not held the same positions they need to hire.
First impressions are set within 60 seconds. An applicant certainly needs to feel right, but the most important aspects of a technical hire aren’t readily apparent. In other words, the goal of a technical interview should be to prove yourself wrong. Was your intuition correct, or can you refute it with concrete evidence?
One reason the tech sector is associated with hard-to-fill jobs is the high cost of turnover. Technical hires use specialized skill sets that take time to integrate into a company’s workflow and coordinate with the existing team. At the same time, the tech industry has the highest rate of turnover of any industry (even more than retail—they come in at 13.2% and 13%, respectively).