Survey: 39% of IT hiring managers say the hardest thing to gauge is one’s ‘technical skills’

New research from Robert Half Technology shows that 39% of IT hiring managers say that the hardest thing to gauge during a tech job interview is one’s “technical skills.” But the finding that 95% of IT hiring managers say they have made “a bad hire” before shows that it’s easy to make the wrong choice when it comes to candidates. Just 5% say they haven’t done this before.

An independent research firm surveyed “more than 2,500 senior managers in 26 major U.S. markets.” Robert Half Technology came up with the survey.

The nature of hiring tech workers

Respondents said that these were the hardest things to gauge during a tech job interview:

  • “Technical skills:” 39%
  • “Corporate culture fit:” 37%
  • “Soft skills:” 23%

But while research has shown that 63% of tech workers get a response from an employer within seven days of an interview, Robert Half Technology found that things don’t always go well for the company during the hiring process.

Here’s why people surveyed said that they hired the wrong person:

  • “Inadequate skills:” 38%
  • “An interpersonal issue:” 29%
  • “Unsuitable corporate culture fit:” 28%

Ryan Sutton, district president of Robert Half Technology, commented on the research in a statement.

“Hiring someone who is a poor job fit can hurt your business by hindering productivity and eroding team morale … Current employees who are likely already stretched thin must scramble to fix mistakes or handle extra work,” he said.