What Are the Main Stages of an IT Recruitment Process? Guide and Tips for Candidates

Stages of the recruitment process in IT

The number of stages in a given recruitment process depends on the vacancy, the company and the industry. Standard recruitment processes usually include 1 stage on the recruitment agency’s side and 2 stages on the client’s side. It is generally accepted that a vacancy should be filled within a maximum of 2–3 weeks.

1. First contact with the recruiter and CV review

Usually, contact with the recruiter begins with receiving a message from them. Probably this person has already viewed your profile and assumes that you are suitable for the job position.

2. Interview with the recruiter

The first interview with the recruiter will assess your soft skills. Interpersonal and communication skills are very important in the context of working on IT projects and solving possible problems. What is more, at this stage your motivation will be tested and it will be decided if there is a possibility that you will fit in with the organization.

3. Verifying the competencies

The method of how your skills will be tested depend on the level of requirements for the job. Usually, the above-mentioned technical interview is carried out for this purpose, but there are also other ways used to verify the actual knowledge and skills of the candidate. In summary, the verification of competencies may take the following forms:

  • Technical conversation
  • Remote task (homework)
  • HR/business interview
  • Live coding
  • Code sample
  • Pair programming
  • Personality tests

4. Establishing the terms of employment and signing the contract

At this final stage the formalities are clarified. Of course, the terms of the contract are already presented to the candidate in the early stages of the process, but here the final clarification takes place, along with the rest of the details ending with the signing of the contract.

Useful tips for IT candidates

Usually, the recruiters from professional recruitment agencies will support you at every stage of the recruitment process and help you prepare for tasks and next interviews as well as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions — they can give you a big advantage and clear up your doubts. In relation to the general scheme of the recruitment process in IT presented above, we would like to share some tips on how to minimize stress and prepare well for the meetings. You can also read about our tips on how to perform well at a job interview in our article.

The most frequently asked interview questions in IT

  • Questions about you — they let the recruiter get to know you, your skills and the general style of work. These can be questions about your knowledge of technology, recent projects, initiated changes, projects that have not been implemented, how to deal with deadlines, etc.
  • Questions about the job and company — These types of questions are intended to help to determine if you will fit in with the company’s culture. They may be about why you want to work in a given organization and what are your expectations.
  • Technical questions — their purpose is to test your knowledge and problem-solving skills. At this stage, it will be checked what your candidacy looks like in the context of the tasks performed.

How to prepare for a job interview in the IT industry?

Before the scheduled recruitment interview, it is worth doing research on the company to which we are applying. This information can be very useful in the next steps. You will definitely be asked to tell about yourself, your current job, motivation, and your willingness to change jobs. The next frequently occurring recruitment questions may be about what motivates you at work, how you would like to improve yourself in the future or what your goals are. In order to avoid possible stress, it is worth practicing before the final interview and prepare a few sentences.

Advice on technical interview in IT

The purpose of the technical interview is to verify the experience declared by the candidate. It’s good to spend some time before it to refresh some technical information and feel prepared. At this stage it is important to demonstrate knowledge of the programming language and skills that allow you to complete the task. Furthermore, remember to describe your steps.

JavaScript — examples of recruitment questions:

  • What kind of JavaScript libraries do you know?
  • What is the difference between == and ===?
  • What is hoisting?
  • What is a closure?

Python — examples of recruitment questions:

  • What is PIP used for in Python?
  • What is the difference between For Loop and While Loop?
  • What databases does Python support?
  • What are the benefits of using Python?

Java — examples of recruitment questions:

  • What is JVM?
  • What is GIT?
  • What is Hibernate for?

PHP — examples of recruitment questions:

  • Describe what object-oriented programming is.
  • What is the PHP Standard Recommendation?
  • Describe the SOLID rules.
  • Describe the difference between the GET and POST methods.

Make a list of questions

You can ask about the size of the team, the number of technical people in it, potential superiors, tools, technologies and anything else that interests you about the job position you apply for. If you prepare a list of questions before the interview, you will be sure that all doubts will be dispelled. The questions you ask are also very important for the recruiter. As a result, this person knows the level of your commitment. The right conversation will make everything beneficial not only for you, but also for the person that is interviewing you. Thanks to this, you will both be sure about the requirements and the opportunities offered in the context of employment. Additionally, thinking through the questions before the interview helps to avoid problems if your question is misinterpreted.


IT recruiters try to conduct the most friendly recruitment process and candidate’s experience is very important for them. Of course, the transition to the next stages really depends on the requirements of both parties. Even if something does not work out due to the expectations of the candidate or client, there is always another chance for you to get the dream job in IT. Furthermore, candidates, thanks to the feedback they receive on the tasks and the process, are able to obtain information that will be valuable in terms of further development and expanding the required knowledge about the technology. Similarly, an IT recruiter, thanks to providing feedback on the recruitment process is able to make changes and improve the candidate experience.



Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing

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Aga Babicz

Aga Babicz


Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing