10 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring IT Contractors


April 18, 2023

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Get to know the secret to successful IT staffing by avoiding these 10 common hiring mistakes and learn how Bluebird's IT contracting services can revolutionize your tech talent recruitment process.


Hiring the right IT contractor is crucial for a company's success in today's digital world. However, the process can be challenging, and there are common pitfalls to avoid. 

Here are 10 MISTAKES to watch out for when hiring tech talents.

Inadequate job descriptions

Mistake: Writing vague or overly general job descriptions.

Why to avoid: Unclear job descriptions attract unsuitable candidates and may deter qualified IT contractors from applying.

Bluebird's Advantage

Bluebird ensures that all job descriptions provided to potential candidates are detailed and written in English, clearly outlining the role, responsibilities, and required skills, making it easier to attract the right talent.

Overemphasis on technical skills

Mistake: Focusing solely on technical skills and disregarding soft skills.

Why to avoid: Soft skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving are crucial for successful IT projects, and overlooking them may lead to team conflicts and reduced productivity.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird measures all professionals' IT skills and soft skills, ensuring a 90% expertise match to your specific requirements for a well-rounded candidate.

Failing to consider cultural fit

Mistake: Ignoring the importance of a candidate's fit with your company culture.

Why to avoid: A poor cultural fit can lead to decreased job satisfaction, low engagement, and high turnover rates.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird sources skilled IT professionals from all over, ensuring a strong work ethic, compatibility in time zones, cultural fit, knowledge, and shared values for your projects.

Lengthy hiring process

Mistake: Protracted recruitment procedures that discourage top talent from applying.

Why to avoid: A slow hiring process can cause you to lose out on the best candidates who may accept offers from competitors with more efficient recruitment.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird guarantees to provide you with a suitable candidate for your open positions within 7 working days, ensuring a seamless and efficient recruitment process.

Overlooking internal candidates

Mistake: Ignoring potential candidates already within your organization.

Why to avoid: Internal candidates may have the necessary skills and experience, as well as familiarity with your company culture and processes.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird assists clients in assessing their current workforce to identify potential internal candidates with the skills and experience needed for IT projects. This approach ensures that your organization capitalizes on existing talent and helps in retaining top performers.

Hiring IT Contractors and the mistakes to avoid - Bluebird

Relying solely on job boards

Mistake: Limiting your search for candidates to job boards and online postings.

Why to avoid: This approach may not reach passive candidates who are not actively looking for new opportunities but could be perfect for the role.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird leverages its extensive network and database of over 40,000 IT experts to help you find the best tech talent, including those who may not be actively seeking new opportunities.

Insufficient candidate screening

Mistake: Inadequate screening and evaluation of candidates before the interview stage.

Why to avoid: A weak screening process can lead to wasted time interviewing unqualified candidates, delaying the hiring process.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird only works with pre-screened, trained, and certified sourcers who dedicate 5% of their time to organized education, ensuring that all candidates meet your criteria before being presented for interviews.

Inflexible job requirements

Mistake: Rigid adherence to a checklist of qualifications and experience.

Why to avoid: This can cause you to miss out on talented candidates who may not have the exact qualifications but possess valuable transferable skills.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird's flexible approach to IT contracting accommodates various tech roles such as PM, BA, DEV, OP, QA, and other DevOps and Architect positions, allowing you to find candidates with diverse skill sets to meet your project needs.

Ineffective onboarding process

Mistake: Neglecting to provide new hires with proper onboarding and orientation.

Why to avoid: Inadequate onboarding can result in confusion, low employee engagement, and a longer time to reach full productivity.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird supports clients in creating effective onboarding processes for their IT contractors, ensuring a smooth transition into their new roles and setting them up for success.

Not offering competitive compensation packages

Mistake: Failing to provide attractive salary and benefits packages to potential hires.

Why to avoid: Top talent will likely choose competitors that offer better compensation, leading to difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled professionals.

Bluebird's Advantage:

Bluebird assists clients in developing competitive compensation packages tailored to the IT industry, helping you attract and retain the best tech talent for your projects.

Avoiding these common mistakes when hiring tech talents can make a significant difference in the success of your IT projects. Bluebird offers expert IT contracting services to help companies streamline their hiring processes and find the right candidates for specific IT positions. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, we specialize in providing tailored IT contracting solutions for businesses across the United Kingdom and Europe and USA. 

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