Talented IT staff is hard to find
A lot of corporate recruiting has focused on mining résumé and social networks for keywords. Doing this will help you find a list of people with the right degree, certain certifications, and enough experience. But that’s just a small portion of the story. With this approach you’ve probably come up with some good leads, you’ve really only found the people who know how to write a properly formatted résumé.
Great workers have experience and knowledge, but they also have good soft skills, passion for the technology, and creativity. With most larger departments, you’re not just hiring a person, but you’re forming a team. Teamwork can’t be judged from a résumé or a LinkedIn profile. Passion is not always visible in a portfolio.
The most direct way to assess teamwork, passion, or a person’s energy level is through in-person interviews with the potential future teammates. Without being able to capture an impression of that energy through a good candidate qualification process, you can find yourself sitting across from some people who look good on paper but aren’t a good fit.