Even if your company isn’t a tech company per se, chances are you’re going to need an engineer at some point. Making a tech hire when you don’t speak the language presents its own set of challenges, and there are certain basic skills you need to learn in order to be successful. Rivi Partner Sam Wholley gives his crash course in tech hiring in this recent AlleyWatch article.

(AlleyWatch) – How to Hire an Engineer When You Don’t Speak Tech: Top 5 Areas of Confusion in Engineering Recruiting

Let’s face it: nearly every company needs to fill technical roles these days. But the fact is, many people involved in hiring for these highly-specific roles–from recruiters and hiring managers to CEOs and members of the Board–don’t have a technical background. This can be a challenge when you are trying to fill those roles.

At the technical recruiting firm where I work, not everyone comes in with a technical background but, as a technical recruiter, there are certain basic elements you need to know to search for, and speak with, the right candidate. We equip our team with a crash course in engineering functions to help them ask better questions, speak more articulately to talent and clients, and to provide them with an overall better understanding of the roles that they’re filling—a more efficient and deliberate recruiting marketplace helps everyone.

Part of that course includes the top five areas that every technical recruiter must be able to discern, but which many people with non-technical backgrounds often find confusing. Having just a little bit of knowledge around these areas will help anyone with a non-technical background have more effective conversations with those that do “talk tech.”

Read the full article here…

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