How to gain a 92% acceptance rate in software engineering recruitment

The Client

One of Europe’s Top 10 banking groups.

  • Finance
  • Spring
  • SQL
  • REST
  • Java
  • Oracle
1 month

Our client provides financial products to consumers, entrepreneurs and companies. The bank is a leader for change in the financial industry and is known for introducing ground-breaking products.

Fast-tracking financial innovation

Striving to innovate and provide customers with better services, in 2018 the bank decided to launch a platform for mobile users. To make this plan a reality, the project required a lot of work in front-endback-end and QA testing.

Our client knew that they needed to act fast to gain the advantage of the market opportunity. However, after the first estimations, it became apparent that the in-house teams didn’t have sufficient capacity to deliver the app in the assigned time.

To succeed, the bank set out to form a cross-functional team in just one month. The challenge was significant from the start. That is when the bank reached out to us for support.

Accelerating IT talent acquisition

Fast action was a priority. As a first step, we launched multiple recruitment processes in several IT hubs. Within days, we have found candidates among highly qualified software engineers.

The next phase involved rapid verification of the candidates’ competences. We chose to run assessment center workshops, a method typically used to select candidates for top management positions.

This was not a typical recruitment process but candidates were on board. They were all invited to an on-site workshop where we investigated how they managed a certain task and solved hypothetical problems in software projects.

The simple workshop idea allowed us to verify not only their technical knowledge, but also their soft and social skills. As a result, we could submit a shortlist of candidates to the client promptly.

Hitting the mark

The client found the candidates perfectly suitable for the project. They promptly picked 10 specialists to join the project and kept only one person on the reserve bench. The acceptance rate was an exceptional 92%.

After just 1 month, just as planned, our client gained a highly qualified team who were ready to start coding. The accelerated recruitment allowed them to start work on time, keeping the project on track.

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