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Pre-Employment Testing: How VerifyWP are Making it Easier to Hire The Right WordPress Developer

Written by Sean Flannigan on May 9, 2019 Blog, Customer stories.

Do you know how to hire the right developer? This is the question VerifyWP shines some light on, with regards to technical WordPress developers.

VerifyWP homepage
VerifyWP helps you hire the right WordPress developer.

A Problem That Hit Close to Home

The problem of finding and hiring really great WordPress developers dogged Jonathan Martin for years. In his decade of running an agency, he’d found some truly amazing developers, many of whom still work for him today. But an equal number of developers had to be let go because their skills didn’t measure up to expectation.

It all starts with the process of filtering candidates down to the handful you want to call for an interview. How do you get there?

Most hiring managers sift through that pile of resumes, making subconscious decisions and judgments to toss candidates out of the running. Unconscious biases drive much of this process, making it faster to identify that final handful. It does speed up this very manual process, but the results are a mixed bag.

Some candidates are great at marketing themselves. Some candidates are terrible at it. This does not speak to their technical talent. Too often, finding the best resumes actually means you’ve found the best marketers – leaving behind a host of possibly talented developers and elevating possible duds.

Further, this imperfect process sucks up valuable time. Why waste so much time on a process that is only about 50% successful?

Too often, finding the best resumes actually means you’ve found the best marketers – leaving behind a host of possibly talented developers and elevating possible duds.

Jonathan thought there should be a better way, a way of removing himself and his flawed filtering from the process while capturing real talent. Thus, VerifyWP was born.

Developing a Solution from Within

Leveraging the talented WordPress developers of coolblueweb, VerifyWP’s test questions were built out, tagged by skill and difficulty level, and assigned to the appropriate assessment – back-end or front-end.

Using a combination of custom development and native WordPress and WooCommerce functionality, the VerifyWP site was developed to create an intuitive experience for both hiring managers and candidates alike.

At coolblueweb, we pride ourselves on our custom WordPress and WooCommerce development acumen. As such, the creation of this site depended a great deal on these chops.

The VerifyWP hiring dashboard.
The VerifyWP hiring dashboard

The custom dashboards differ depending on the user type – candidate, hiring manager, or sample user. Candidates are able to take tests they’ve been invited to, see their test scores, and try out the sample tests. Sample users just get a taste: they’re able to take the sample tests, see an example of candidate results, and watch demo videos.

The candidate dashboard in VerifyWP.
A view of the candidate dashboard

For hiring managers, the dashboard includes the details of each assessment, their company profile, their number of days and invites left, and sample tests. They also get quick access to create new assessments or purchase additional time and invites.

Test results populate in real time as candidates submit their assessments. Once the assessments have been completed, the results can be sorted by score. Each result has a more detailed breakdown of scores by the underlying skills – HTML/CSS, PHP, WordPress Core, JavaScript, Theming, and more – associated with the test type.

Once the hiring manager is satisfied with the number of completed tests, they can find the top performers and call them up for interviews. Just like that, they’ve saved time and captured the best candidates.

Using WooCommerce for Simple Payments

To make the process of paying for VerifyWP as simple as possible, we employed WooCommerce One Page Checkout. Since saving time was one of the raisons d’etre of the platform itself, it was equally important it to emphasize in the purchase process.

For the payment gateway, we chose Stripe. This PCI-compliant payment option accepts all major credit and debit cards, automatically formats numbers and dates, and validates fields in real time. This helps ensure that the process remains simple and secure.

VerifyWP's payment plan options.
VerifyWP’s simple payment plans, powered by WooCommerce, Stripe, and One Page Checkout

A Dedicated Job Board

After launch, Jon wanted to expand on the main idea of the site. We extended the hiring functionality to include a job board. It’s even easier to find the perfect hire on a dedicated job board that only advertises WordPress developers.

A breakdown showing the monetary cost of a bad hire.

No custom development was needed to accomplish this base functionality. There was a plugin that did the trick – WP Job Manager. With it, users can search the job board by keyword and location, then filter by job type (be it full-time, freelance, remote, etc.hiring).

WooCommerce and WordPress plugins used on VerifyWP:

Next step for this is a design refresh to adhere more closely to the aesthetic of the rest of the site. Also in development are region pages, which will provide WordPress-related information unique to each area and increase the search visibility of those pages for employers.

Looking Forward

Jonathan continues to develop new ideas to embroider the central theme of making hiring easier and more reliable. VerifyWP is just starting its ascent toward what it hopes to achieve and provide. Only the future knows what’s in store.

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5 Responses

  1. adedotunsnooposi
    May 10, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    nice article very helpful

  2. educdz2018
    May 11, 2019 at 2:40 am #

    great thank you

  3. Tinh Dau Haku
    May 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

    Exactly what I want to learn, thank you so much!

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