Hiring a Software Tester, an Analysis

In May of 2020, back when Promenade Group was still called BloomNation, I opened a job posting for a Software Test Engineer. This was to be the first of many test positions we eventually hire for. After going through the whole process of hiring a software tester, I thought it would be useful to analyze the applicant data with the idea of learning something about how I hire and about the applicants who applied.

About the data

Some of this data was collected through our recruiting system and some was manually entered in by me. I spent a good deal of time crunching through raw data in Excel, then coming up with new questions and going back to find more data. Some of the data wasnโ€™t captured at all and so I made guesses / assumptions. Specifically I did this for the applicants location and gender. I donโ€™t hire based on gender, but I was curious to see how this might have effected the final outcome. Despite having 142 submissions, I ended up pulling data on only 107 resumes.

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