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What Candidates Want: Engineering Edition

Answer an engineering candidate's questions upfront with content, or your chances of starting a conversation are slim to none.

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What do engineers want when considering a new opportunity?

No frills, straight-to-the-point information that allows them to check the necessary boxes in order to pre-qualify a conversation.

It’s simple. It sounds obvious. And the vast majority of employer branding content will never accomplish this.

Why? Because many employer brand leaders talk about the things that they think are important and relevant—not what actually matters to candidates at the top of the funnel.

If you’re not going to answer an engineer's questions upfront with content, good luck starting a conversation.

Let me repeat: Upfront with content.

This means hands off, no conversion needed in order for an engineer to get the information they want.

They have too many opportunities to waste time on companies—especially startups without any brand cred—that want to gate information and play games.


What specific information do engineers want? Let’s find out...

James Hornick and I want to give everyone who’s recruiting technical talent a speed-walking start.

So we’re going to do the UX research for you.

Here's how:

1. If you’re in a technical role, this a link to a quick survey.

(No personal data is collected.)

We’d be super grateful if you could take a few minutes to tell us what you care about when considering a new opportunity.

2. We’ll summarize the findings on the next Employer Content Show on 7/7 at 12 pm PT.

3. Hiring Managers, EB Leaders, and Recruiters: These findings are yours to use however you choose. Run with them!

Please share with your engineering friends. This will be helping companies provide a better experience for their candidates and recruiters.

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