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Friday fun for the IT crowd: 5 reasons why the hiring manager hasn't called

January 07, 2016
By Lisa Dare

So you submitted a resume for an IT job you’re perfect for. And … then you wait.

You might wonder, if IT skills are in such high demand, why does it take so long for hiring managers to contact you? We give a few reasons why applying for IT jobs takes longer than you’d expect.

The hiring manager is tied up in meetings

Darth Tater all ties up

Your average IT manager spends a lot of time in meetings. Budget meetings, business requirements meetings, HR meetings, strategy meetings, meetings about how to reduce the frequency of meetings … you get the point.

All these meetings leave managers little time for sifting through resumes, even for a mission-critical position.

How many resumes?!

Darth-Tater-Contemplates-IT-Resumes jpg

As an IT pro, you probably receive a lot of unwanted solicitations about jobs that don’t fit your skills or interests. But there’s another side to that equation: In our survey of 400 IT leaders, about three-quarters of managers said they receive over 10 resumes for each position. And more than half those resumes don’t meet the basic job qualifications.

And an astonishing 18 percent receive more than 40 resumes for every IT opening.

Multiply that by a few job openings, and you can see why it takes long time to get through that stack of resumes.

On top of that, HR usually serves as the first stop in screening, further lengthening the process. And while many managers would like to go around HR, there are lots of legal and fairness reasons for companies to insist they don’t.

No one is crazy about this process, but few companies have conquered it.

The life cycle of an IT hire, in 57 easy phone calls

Hiring manager conducts phone screenings

From working with an IT recruiter to explain the job details beyond the description, to discussing each submitted candidate by phone, to prescreening interviews for candidates, to discussing potential hires with her boss, to handling HR … well, all those calls take time. And probably a high-quality headset.

Recruiting the elite troops

Spud troopers line up for IT interviews

While there are usually more IT jobs than people to fill them, hiring managers have to be picky because each hire really matters to the success of the team. Responsible hiring managers need to personally interview candidates, schedule time with technical teams to conduct skills assessments, and find the right person who will work well with their team and environment. So they’re probably going to interview a lot of people to find just the right one.

IT managers juggle many roles

IT hiring manager Darth Tater juggles light sabers

From hiring, training and motivating a team, to managing the expectations and needs of people outside IT, the manager has a lot of light sabers in the air. Perhaps it’s time to cut him or her a little slack.

Good luck in your next IT interview. Hopefully you’ll become the Chosen One.

Want more more tips on IT careers and hiring? Check out these blog posts:

Beyond programming: Skills to advance your IT career: Darth Tater's guide to mastering the soft skills you need to get promoted.

The dos and “Darths” of interviewing IT candidates: There are right ways and wrong ways to interview IT candidates. And then there is Darth Tater’s way.

Lisa Dare is a writer for TEKsystems who loves learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in the industry. She frequently blogs about IT careers, talent management and tech culture. Follow her on Twitter to keep up with TEKsavvy blog content.

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