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Hiring Managers and Recruiters: How Much Is a Qualified Inbound Software Engineer Worth to You?

My team and I are exploring concepts for the next version of Before You Apply. We'd love your feedback.

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If you are a hiring manager or recruiter, you'll be doing me a huge solid to chime in here. And please share this around if you want to go above and beyond!

Context: My team and I are exploring concepts for the next version of Before You Apply.

(Over the next few weeks I'm going to pose a series of questions that will help us prioritize our roadmap.)

Question: How much would you pay for an inbound message from a qualified senior software engineer who would like to talk about joining your company?

Please answer using this poll on LinkedIn.

Make these assumptions about the poll question:

  • A current member of your team has already expressed interest in working with this engineer.
  • Again, this is an inbound message directly from the engineer. The engineer has not been sourced by a recruiter.
  • If you hire this engineer, you won't pay a dime in recruiting fees. You're only paying for the initial inbound message.
  • Think about this as the cost of a lead. You can have more leads if you pay more money.

Thanks so much for your feedback. This is a huge help.

Feel free to reply if you have questions or insights.

P.S. If you’d pay more than $1000, what’s your number?