The skill matrix is predominantly used to get an idea of the employee skills and identify the skill gaps in the industry to upskill the workforce through appropriate training programs. In our interaction with the clients who are into tech recruitment, we came across their biggest hurdles in the entire process and worked on a solution to make the entire process a hassle-free experience. Dive in to know how the skill matrix can simplify tech recruitment. But before we get into details, let’s start with the obvious question

What is the Skill Matrix?

Skill Matrix is a tool used to map the tasks and required skills for a company, team or a new project.

It provides the hiring managers/team leaders/recruiters a good understanding of the abilities of team members to accomplish any particular project.

In order to know more about how the Skill Matrix helps you to bridge the skill gaps and implement training programs to upskill the workforce, we recommend you to read this article by Erik Van Vulpen

Getting Started with Skill matrix for Tech hiring

It is important to have a clear idea about the existing skills of your team. Now based on the requirement, you can dive into the first step of creating competency hiring matrix

     1. Identify the skills required to create the Job description

Creating a job description relevant to the required job role is an important step in building the skill matrix. The hiring manager has to specify the skills in the order of priority for the role and add a certain weight in the range of one to five for each skill- where One indicates the lowest and five the highest for each skill.

For example:

Consider the following job description for a Frontend developer at Swiggy- who is one of the clients of GoScale Group (The parent company of TalScale)

Normal JDJD with Priorities attached

– Strong understanding of JavaScript.

– Good understanding of advanced libraries and frameworks such as AngularJS, KnockoutJS, BackboneJS, ReactJS, DurandalJS, etc.

– Skilled in UI Development technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JSON and API usage

– Familiarity with Require.js and AMD, front-end build tools like Grunt and Gulp.js

– Should have an understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.

P1: Strong understanding of Javascript

P2: Understanding of libraries and frameworks such as AngularJS, KnockoutJS, BackboneJS, ReactJS, DurandalJS, etc.

P2: Skilled in UI Development technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JSON, and API usage

P3: Familiarity with Require.js and AMD, front-end build tools like Grunt and Gulp.js

P4: Understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.

                                             Source: Swiggy

Note: P1, P2, P3, P4 are the priorities

     2. Assess candidates for the skills based on the priorities

Once the candidates are screened based on their resumes, the technical team/head has to interview the candidates to test their technical expertise in the skills based on the priorities. The interviewer has to rate each candidate based on the skills in a range of one to ten. This can be done either through profound interaction with the candidate or through the written tests.

    3. Consolidate the data to select final candidates for further rounds

The last step is to consolidate all the data from the above steps into the Skill matrix template. The final score of the candidate is a product of the weighted average of each skill and the skill rating to filter the best candidates for further rounds.

skill matrix for tech hiring

Drawback

Although the above process of tech recruitment looks meticulous but has its own setbacks.

  • The entire process of tech hiring is tedious from the start to the end.
  • The wastage of resources such as time and money is significant. The cost per hire shoots up drastically and time to interview each and every candidate for technical expertise on primary skills consumes the valuable time.
  • Also, the subjectivity and bias factor in the hiring process can result in missing out on the top talent.

What if there is a way to mitigate or in fact avoid all the above drawbacks? We at TalScale have come up with a product update that accelerates your tech hiring process with no room for the subjectivity and bias in the entire process.

How TalScale simplifies the entire process?

Based on the top skills required and the job description available, the hiring manager/recruiter can create the test by choosing appropriate questions from the library. The questions can be specific to the skills required or to assess the overall ability of the candidate.

[Note: Our team can also help you with custom tailor-made Tests as per your requirement.]

These tests can be shared with your candidates to take an assessment at their comfort. A detailed report for each candidate is generated with the Skill summary after they complete the Test.

In addition to that, we provide you with one step filtering for the candidates in the chosen skill. On the left side of the dashboard, choose the range of marks for the skill you want to filter, it will fetch you the list of only those candidates as shown in the image below.

Skill matrix for tech hiring

What are you waiting for? Try out the Demo and simplify your Tech hiring with TalScale today!

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