Why most candidates fail pre-employment skill tests

Some users ask why so many candidates fail job screening tests. It’s normal for most candidates to fail; in fact —that’s the point. Unlike school tests, which are designed so that 90% of students will pass, pre-employment tests usually eliminate 90% of candidates. This is especially true when it comes to programming, where many people… Read the full article

The Secret to Creating the Best Job Screening Test

The average corporate job posting attracts 250 candidates. How do you quickly figure out who to interview? The traditional method is to eliminate most candidates based on their resume. This is a bad idea. Most people don’t know how to write a good resume, even if they do have the relevant knowledge and experience required… Read the full article

How to Screen Software Developers

Screening programmers is different than screening other employees, and we learned that the hard way. First, you will almost always want to hire an already good programmer. Why not hire an average one and then train them up? Years of experience and training don’t guarantee that somebody will become a great programmer. The large majority… Read the full article

B2B SaaS Conversion Rates for 84 Countries

TLDR: Data from two small software vendors shows that conversion rates for direct software sales differ between countries by two orders of magnitude. For each thousand new website visitors, the top group of countries had 9.14 paying customers, while the bottom group had only 0.19 paying customers. Both companies used in this research share some… Read the full article

No, Your Screening Process Is Not That Great

One thing makes my work life miserable. In some domains of knowledge people acknowledge domain difficulty and seek expertise. Nobody tells rocket scientists how to build rockets. Pre-employment screening is, on other hand, similar to politics. Everybody thinks they would be the greatest president ever, although they have zero qualifications for it. Similarly, every tech… Read the full article