How To Hire The Most In Demand, Top Tier Candidates

Hiring the best candidates for your company

It’s no secret that the demand for Data Scientists continues to increase year on year at a rapid pace. It’s brilliant news for qualified candidates as they have more leverage to navigate the job market. This can, however, be problematic for companies sourcing data science talent.


The strongest data science candidates are often faced with the decision of multiple job offers, which can stir up competition amongst hiring companies.

How do you do it?

Regardless of whether you’re using a recruiter or not, you need to make sure that your hiring process does three things:

1. It’s well planned out.

2. Suits your business needs.

3. It is open to continuous evaluation, feedback and improvement.

Successful Data Scientists display a range of skills both technical and soft. They are able to communicate with others effectively; analysing data sets and sharing their insights at a business level. Companies want to see a wide-ranging portfolio of skills, experience and examples of real business impact.

A lot of the time, you’ll find that there is much attention put into the technology side of data science. Whilst this is important, getting to know your prospective candidates is valuable too. What have they achieved for businesses in their previous roles? What context does their success come in? Through their use of data, what problems have they solved?

Being upfront with candidates about the role available is pivotal for finding the right fit for your company. Make sure candidates are aware of all the exciting projects they’ll be working on, who they’ll be working with and the end product you want your data science team to deliver. What impact will their work have on your company? From decision-making to product development, you need to make sure the prospective candidate is entering into what can be a lengthy hiring process with the right skills. Not to mention, this will improve your success rate by guaranteeing that it’s the right match for both parties in the end.

When looking to recruit graduates especially, you need to make sure that your company is as present as possible within the hiring market. Graduation dates vary throughout the year and across the globe. Look at your competition within the market. What are they doing that perhaps you aren’t? It is not uncommon for larger companies to have access to on-campus recruitment drives to help them secure the top tier talent. If you’re a smaller company, this might not be an option for you. No matter your business size, consider your main selling points and why candidates should work with you. Is there a wider range of project involvement and a higher possibility for progression? This is appealing to the market right now.

Most of all, there is a need for speed in the recruitment process. Hiring managers need to review CV’s as they come in real-time and invite candidates to interview sooner rather than later to beat the competition. Your competitors are moving on candidates too! Time kills all deals and in this market more so than others, so make sure your recruitment process is a well-oiled machine.

If you’re struggling to hire the best data science talent and you need some support, get in touch to see how we can help!

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