What I Want When You Recruit Me: An Engineer’s Take

By Pete Radloff
I was fortunate enough to come across an interesting post in the Twitterverse last week, and thought it would be great to share. Recently, the web has been buzzing with recruiters talking about what they want from developers, even here and vice-versa. We’re fortunate enough to be able to capture a few snippets from an engineer who takes a moment to turn the tables.

Matt Youell, an engineer in Portland recently contributed a great post on his blog. In his post, he highlights the fact that some companies just don’t get it – “I probably ignore 95% of recruiter emails. Even for the 5% I consider, I’m still astounded at how the attitude is essentially “come apply for this job”. This is such an obvious non-starter that I’m surprised it persists.” Take a moment to read the rest of the post here 

As recruiter’s we’re very clear to say what bugs us when we reach out to those people with in-demand skill sets. That said, it’s probably a good practice for us to listen as much as we talk, since our counterparts in the engineering world face some of the very same frustrations. It all comes back to the candidate experience at the end of the day. And as the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Pete Radloff is a member of the recruitDC Board of Directors, and a recruitment consultant with NPR and exaqueo. You can connect with Pete on LinkedIn and on Twitter