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I am new in the staffing industry and trying to learn a thing or two in IT as we staff lots of IT postions. Can anyone give me a few quick basics that will at least help me talk to an IT person looking for a job? I know I need to learn about languages and softwares at the very least. Can anyone give a quick overview of most used languages and softwares? I'd appreciate it so very much! THANK YOU!!!

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MarvinM | Nov 9 2007 1:07AM GMT

Nikki,

If all you do is learn some terms, such as a list of languages and software, that won’t really help you talk to an IT person looking for a job. More than likely, a candidate who knows little more than a similar list of terms plus some buzzwords would be able to buffalo you with an impressive spewing of geekspeak.

The quick, basic tip that I would offer you is to have a knowledgeable person at your firm assist you with the screening process. You be the expert in your business, let an IT person help you evaluate the candidates with his/her expertise.

If you are just creating a checklist for someone to fill in, such as a candidate profile, look over some recent resumes that your firm has received. Anything common will/should be listed on those resumes.

Good luck,
MarvinM

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    Nikki, If all you do is learn some terms, such as a list of languages and software, that won't really help you talk to an IT person looking for a job. More than likely, a candidate who knows little more than a similar list of terms plus some buzzwords would be able to buffalo you with an impressive spewing of geekspeak. The quick, basic tip that I would offer you is to have a knowledgeable person at your firm assist you with the screening process. You be the expert in your business, let an IT person help you evaluate the candidates with his/her expertise. If you are just creating a checklist for someone to fill in, such as a candidate profile, look over some recent resumes that your firm has received. Anything common will/should be listed on those resumes. Good luck, MarvinM
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    Consider what your candidate will be assigned to do if hired. If he will join a team, ask about teams on which he has worked in the past. What was his role? What kinds of project did the team work on? How was his progress measured? What was the team's relationship to the user? How was testing conducted? What milestones were set up for the project? How long from inception to user acceptance did the project take? What documentaton was required of him/her? How was he/she trained to take on such projects? How many years has he/she spent with the languages in use with your clients? These are a few questions that might show how the prospect might fit into the opening you might have.
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