Tools & Tips for Technical Talent Sourcing: A Beginner’s Guide

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The usual hiring process is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Resumé, interview, resumé, interview — but hey, let’s jazz things up a bit. Beyond the CV, those squishy-sounding soft skills—communication, leadership, learning agility, resilience—those are the “essential skills” that make a candidate stellar.  So grab a coffee, my friend, because we’re about to dive into the nitty-gritty of how you pick your dream tech employee from the ocean of average Joe’s out there.

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Identifying Your Needs and Ideal Candidate

Tools Aren’t Just for Builders

If you’re thinking of leveling up your hiring game with some pre-hire assessment tools, you’re in luck. Here are the top 5 tools that offer nifty evaluations:

  1. Weirdly – This quirky-named tool specializes in creating custom quizzes that can quickly gauge a candidate’s company culture fit and soft skills, along with their technical prowess.
  2. PredictiveHire – A fan of AI? PredictiveHire uses machine learning to analyze your organization’s performance metrics and staff surveys, offering you a personalized screening tool that’s tailor-made for your needs.
  3. HireVue – If you’re more of a “seeing is believing” kind of person, HireVue’s video interviewing tool can provide you with a valuable layer of pre-screening. It employs AI to evaluate video interviews and ranks candidates based on their responses.
  4. Codility – For those in the tech world, Codility offers coding tests and challenges that can evaluate a developer’s coding skills and problem-solving abilities. It’s like a playground, but for coders.
  5. Talview – This tool goes beyond mere interviewing to offer behavioral insights based on psycholinguistics. Yes, it sounds fancy, and yes, it can tell you whether your candidate is as good as they say they are.

So go ahead, make your hiring process as 21st century as your company. And by the way, collaborating with a company like TurnKey can help you map out the skills and expertise required for each role, ensuring you’re targeting the right candidates.

Sourcing Channels: More Than Just LinkedIn

Ah, LinkedIn: the bread and butter of recruitment, where everyone’s a “passionate, goal-oriented team player.” But hey, did you know there are other places to find talent? It’s true; some even allow profile pictures that haven’t been retouched to within an inch of their life. Let’s dive in.



  • If you’re looking for developers, they’re here. It’s like fishing in a barrel.
  • Code repositories give you a sneak peek into their skills.


  • Not everyone’s active or looking for a job.
  • You might find their perfect piece of code, only to realize they’re committed elsewhere (pun intended).



  • A visual buffet for anyone after graphic designers, illustrators, and more.
  • Portfolios offer instant validation of someone’s skills.


  • If your eyes glaze over at the sight of a color wheel, you’ll need help navigating.
  • Not great for non-creative roles.

Job Boards (Indeed, Toptal, Glassdoor)


  • Good old-fashioned job boards still deliver.
  • Great for volume hiring.


  • You’ll wade through a lot of, um, let’s call it “aspirational” talent.
  • Not tailored for specialized roles.

Hiring Freelance Developers via platforms like Toptal 1

Employee Referrals


  • Quality Control Deluxe: Your existing employees already get your brand, your values, and what you’re about. According to a report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), employee referrals remain the top source of hires, filling 45% of all jobs. That’s like having a built-in TripAdvisor exclusively for candidate sourcing.
  • Speed Racer: Want to hire quickly? According to Jobvite’s data, referrals are hired 55% faster than candidates from career sites. Imagine being able to build an entire team in the time it usually takes to get through the first round of interviews.
  • Cost-Effective Like a Coupon Queen: A CareerBuilder study shows that while referrals account for only 7% of total applications, they amount to 40% of all hires. This streamlining can save you thousands on recruitment costs.


  • There’s a potential for an echo chamber. You’re essentially duplicating your existing workforce, which might mean missing out on new perspectives and diverse skill sets.
  • You run the risk of office politics ramping up to soap opera levels. Mixing personal with professional can sometimes lead to more drama than a reality TV show.



  • We offer customized staffing solutions tailored to your unique needs, not cookie-cutter approaches that miss the mark.
  • Our vetting process is so thorough it makes the FBI look like amateur sleuths.
  • Our focus isn’t just on the ‘tech’ but also on the ‘talent’, ensuring a cultural and skill set match that’s practically a marriage made in corporate heaven.
  • With global reach but local expertise, we tap into talent pools you didn’t even know existed.
  • Risk mitigation? Oh, we’ve got that in spades. From compliance to onboarding, we’ve got you covered.

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  • Honestly, the only con is that you didn’t find us sooner.

So, you could just hit up TurnKey, where we throw you a fishing rod equipped with sonar, GPS, and a little thing we like to call ‘guaranteed results.’ By the way, TurnKey became the #1 offshore tech staffing firm for a reason, and that reason is, well, all here. 

Interviews That Don’t Suck

You know it’s necessary, but dear lord, could it be any more drudging? Worry not, my friend. We’re about to drop some facts and laughs to turn that frown upside-down:

Why Traditional Interviews Are Outdated? According to a Harvard Business Review article, technical interviews often don’t predict job performance. They might as well be asking candidates to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded.

Alternative Interview Techniques

  • Practical Tasks: Like I said earlier, some roles can actually showcase talent through project work. For instance, let your UX design candidates create a mockup instead of merely chit-chatting.
  • Cultural Fit Interviews: Inspired by Zappos, these are designed to examine how well a candidate’s personal values align with the company’s culture. The failure of a candidate in this area was reportedly costing the company more than $100 million annually.
  • AI-Powered Interviews: Tools like HireVue utilize machine learning algorithms to evaluate video interviews, ensuring that you’re not just impressed by a candidate’s tie-knot skills.

Questions That Drill Down to the Core:

  1. Tech Prowess Unveiled:
    “Describe a project where you made Python do the Samba, or any technology dance, really?”
    Why it matters: According to, there are over 400,000 computer science students but 1.4 million computing jobs. Make the code dance, not just move.
  2. Sherlock Holmes or Sheldon Cooper?:
    “Tell us about a technical riddle you solved that even Watson couldn’t crack.”
    Why it matters: Problem-solving could save businesses $360 billion annually in the U.S., says IBM.
  3. Teamwork Makes the Meme Work:
    “Give an example where your communication turned a project from a ‘no-go’ to ‘all systems are go!’”
    Why it matters: A lack of collaboration causes workplace failures, as 86% of employees and executives stated in a Salesforce survey.
  4. Tech Trendsetter or Follower:
    “How do you avoid becoming the tech equivalent of someone who still uses a flip phone?”
    Why it matters: A LinkedIn study found that 94% of employees would stay longer at a company if it invested in their learning.
  5. Readability Over Complexity:
    “What’s your mantra for coding? Intricate as a Shakespearean play or readable like a Dr. Seuss book?”
    Why it matters: 80% of a software’s lifetime cost goes to maintenance, emphasizing readable code, according to multiple studies.
  6. The Time Lord:
    “You have two projects. One’s due yesterday, the other an hour from now. How do you manage?”
    Why it matters: The Project Management Institute reported that 14% of IT projects fail due to poor management.
  7. The Future You in Our Company:
    “In which Marvel movie sequel do you see yourself? Just kidding—how does this role shape your heroic journey?”
    Why it matters: 87% of millennials say career growth opportunities are important in a job, according to a Gallup poll.

Do you know the reason TurnKey leads as the #1 offshore tech staffing firm? Because we’re obsessively customer-centric, continually innovative, and fervently focused on quality. Our entrepreneurial mindset has revolutionized interviews, making them less about grueling grilling and more about true talent discovery and fit. Time to ditch the status quo and hop on the TurnKey train. Choo Choo! 🚂

Crafting an Offer They Can’t Refuse

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Let’s hit you with some stats to show how critical this step is. According to a study by Glassdoor, a staggering 54% of employees claim they’d jump ship from their current jobs for a pay increase of 20% or less. Yes, money talks, but it ain’t the only game in town. A report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reveals that 29% of workers consider “better benefits” as a top reason for quitting. So how do you craft an offer they can’t refuse? Let’s break it down:

  1. Know Their Worth: Research average salaries for the position and experience level in your industry. Information is power.
  2. Total Compensation: Include not just the salary but signing bonuses, performance bonuses, and other financial perks.
  3. Benefits: Health, dental, 401k—these are more than just checkboxes; they’re game changers.
  4. Flexibility: Remote work flexibility can attract tech professionals seeking work-life balance and the ability to contribute from anywhere. By the way, TurnKey labs can help you to choose the right location to hire from. Modern candidates adore flexibility.
  5. Growth Opportunities: Mention clear paths for career advancement; nobody wants to be stuck in a dead-end job.
  6. The Little Extras: Think gym memberships, a well-stocked pantry, and maybe even the occasional “Dog Day” at the office.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

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  1. Lowballing: This isn’t a flea market. Offering too little upfront may leave a bad taste and start the relationship off on the wrong foot.
  2. Over Promising: Don’t promise the moon if you can only offer a handful of stardust. Be honest and transparent.
  3. Ignoring Non-Salary Perks: It’s not all about the Benjamin’s; candidates often value benefits and work-life balance over a fat paycheck.
  4. Taking Too Long: Time kills deals. The more you drag, the more you give them time to consider other options.
  5. Being Too Rigid: Flexibility in working conditions is often just as attractive as the salary itself.

Ready to make offers that have your candidates doing backflips? Give TurnKey a spin. We’re the masters at closing the deal so you don’t have to break a sweat. Let’s talk!

Don’t Forget About Retention!

If you didn’t know, constantly looking for new developers is extremely expensive, so as soon as you find the right team, you need to learn how to retain it. Retaining a skilled and motivated tech team is crucial for long-term success and cost-effectiveness. Retention program from TurnKey labs.

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Why should I consider working with TurnKey Labs?

TurnKey Labs is a Silicon Valley-based offshoring company that specializes in finding developers and programming teams for companies seeking remote talent. Their expertise in sourcing global tech talent can streamline your hiring process and help you connect with skilled professionals from around the world.

How can I ensure cultural fit when hiring globally?

While cultural fit is important, focusing on shared values and a passion for your company’s mission can bridge cultural gaps. Conduct thorough interviews to assess candidates’ alignment with your company’s vision and goals.

What are some trusted sources with tech hiring statistics?

For reliable insights into tech hiring trends and statistics, check out sources like the Stack Overflow Developer Survey and the LinkedIn Talent Blog.

November 1, 2023

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