Two Head of People Operations on Collaboration with Engineers
Collaborative hiring is a trend that is increasingly important for big brands like Apple and Netflix. It encourages people operations to work with other departments to source and hire talent as a team. We invited two heads of people operations to our office in Warsaw to discuss how they collaborate with their engineering teams on hitting hiring goals.
Common hiring challenges that companies face often begin with having a poorly designed process. Development teams should work closely with tech hiring teams to shadow people who are experienced at holding tech interviews. There should be some sort of onboarding and training process, so engineers and hiring teams can align on roles, responsibilities, and how they can best cooperate with one another.
“We don’t throw them [developers] into deep water—instead we have stages of shadowing. First, after they’ve undergone technical recruiter training, they have the opportunity to shadow a couple of interviews, observing a more experienced technical recruiter.” - Małgorzata Pietraszewska, Head of People, 10Clouds
Developers are feedback machines. For some developers, feedback is the most important part of any kind of process and largely contributes to candidate experience as a whole. Stress the importance for every person involved in the hiring process to give high quality, constructive recruitment feedback.
Define strategic cooperation. Devs and recruiters should want to actively participate in collaborative hiring.
“No one in the organization should be forced to recruit if they don’t feel like it.” - Patrycja Szostakowska, People and Operations Manager, Codility
Create a partnership. Developers are responsible for scaling, teaching, and coaching recruiters when it comes to tech talent. Engage developers and help them understand the process.
Organize workshop-style interviews for senior developers. Experienced senior developers prefer to be tested in a work-like environment, and this gives your team the chance to coach and learn from candidates. Show them that there are benefits to interviewing people.
Make the process as short as possible. Tech candidates can get other offers extremely fast—time is valuable to both candidates and your internal team.
“As a developer, I love interviews that happen [consecutively] one after the other.” - Kuba Kucharski, Developer Evangelist, Codility
Interested in attending our next event or want to learn more about collaborative tech hiring? Join our meetup group—we post regularly about panel discussions on tech recruiting, employer branding, and the HR Tech startup space.