GitHub - to isolate developer skill sets
June 13, 2018

GitHub - to isolate developer skill sets

Christine Alling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with GitHub

As a technical recruiter, I use GitHub to identify users of the site who are skilled in specific technologies. For example - if there is a discussion about using microservices to break down a big ball of mud, I would then start looking at the profiles of developers who seem to have expertise in this area. It's especially helpful when recruiting for developers - just because someone codes in Java, doesn't mean they're a fit for a Java Developer role - it's about what they've done in Java. Github helps me discover WHAT they've done - not just what language they've used.

Pros

  • Identifying developers who have particular skill sets or interests beyond the stack they use.
  • Demonstrating a developer candidate's knowledge, coding, and philosophies
  • Showing that a developer is dedicated and passionate about their work - GitHub is voluntary - if they're spending time on there, it's because they want to be.
  • Finding the passive seeker - GitHub isn't a job board.

Cons

  • A lot of developers and recruiting sites don't realize how important location still is - not everyone is willing to allow remote workers. Being able to know where the developer lives would be so helpful.
  • It would be great if companies could create exercises for people to complete - just to see if they are a fit. To make it part of the hiring process would require validation. If it's a voluntary exercise, it would be easy.
  • Knowing the background & years of experience of the developer.
  • It's been a learning tool for me, as a recruiter
  • It's been a new avenue to isolate specific skillsets
  • It's a way to find candidates you wouldn't find otherwise.
GitHub is different - it is about finding skills. Entelo is about finding contact information. Greenhouse is about storing and Scavado is a little like Entelo and GitHub combined. They are all very different tools. I would say that GitHub is a secondary tool.
It's more appropriate if you're willing to relocate or allow people to work remotely. Very challenging to isolate local candidates, geographically. Also challenging to see the scope of their work and abilities. It does a great job of identifying specific skill sets of developers and what tools they've used. Like, if you want someone who is an expert in AWS, you can search for people who answer those questions.

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