For a startup or small business with limited resources, understanding the importance of finding a developer who can quickly become productive is essential. To ensure they are successful in achieving this aim, a comprehensive recruitment process needs to be implemented.
The ideal candidate for the role will possess not only strong technical skills and the relevant experience, but also excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to fit in with the company culture. Finding such a candidate is not always easy, but here are five suggestions to help you refine your search. If you require additional assistance, do not hesitate to get in touch with us, and we will be happy to send a team of experts to help you identify suitable candidates, conduct interviews, and follow up with you one month after the hire to ensure that the new employee is meeting your expectations.
Know exactly what you want from your developer.
Prior to recruiting a developer, it is important to have an understanding of their role within the organisation. This is particularly the case if the organisation is not looking for a generalist who is conversant in multiple programming languages. It is necessary to take into account the types of projects the organisation is working on and how a new developer may be able to contribute. For example, if the company is currently in the process of developing new mobile applications, would it be beneficial to hire a developer who is proficient in big data analytics, the internet of things and machine learning? Alternatively, is it sufficient to have someone with knowledge of Swift, Java or HTML5?
To choose a developer.
Developers of software are not solely defined by their technical skills. When recruiting, it is important to consider the qualities of a software developer beyond their technical abilities. Would you prefer to recruit someone who can produce code that works as expected, but can also create negative code and test cases? Or would you consider a “rock star” developer who believes they know it all, to be more desirable? It is important to consider the value of a developer who can not only suggest creative code structures, but also proactively welcomes and thrives under constructive criticism and guidance.
Design a recruiting procedure that is suitable for your company.
Candidates’ confidentiality may be compromised if their interviews involve the examination of whiteboard algorithms or Stack Overflow challenges. It is possible that development applicants may try to prepare for the interview process by memorising solutions to these challenges; however, it is important to consider whether these issues are relevant to the nature of the business, or the more everyday tasks they would be expected to undertake.
When devising assessments and interview questions, it is essential to ensure that they are relevant to your requirements (as outlined in point #1). It is important to ask candidates about their experience when it comes to working with existing code and third-party libraries, as well as creating mock implementations. This should then form a basis for evaluating the candidate. Though these questions may not be as exciting as attempting to solve Einstein’s puzzle in 30 minutes, they may be more beneficial for your organisation.
Determine the best places to seek for a developer.
Finding the right developer can be a challenge, but there are a few options to explore. Platforms like Indeed are a great starting point, but tech discussion forums such as Stack Overflow, Crunchboard and GitHub can be useful too. Additionally, attending hackathons or networking with people in your social circle may help you to find good referrals. Lastly, don’t forget that expanding your search to remote workers can open up a much larger talent pool, particularly in Eastern Europe and Latin America, where you may find highly skilled developers at a fraction of the cost of those in the US.
Find out who you may consult before you hire a developer.
As a start-up, it is understandable that you may not have the resources to tackle every task yourself. Therefore, it can be beneficial to consult an IT staffing agency when looking for a programmer. They have a reliable network of developers who can be hired for a reasonable price. It is important to remember, however, that a payment will be required for their services. This is especially important to consider when launching a new business, as the cost of failure can be high if the developer you hire is not up to the job.
When it comes to recruiting a developer, there is no definitive strategy that guarantees success. However, the most commonly used approach is the least effective one. It is therefore important to tailor the recruitment process to the specific requirements of your business. Startups often have a single goal in mind, such as developing a particular technology, product or concept, so it is important to find a developer who shares the same values and has the necessary technical skills. If you are unsure of your ability to do this, it may be worth investing in a professional recruiter who can source the best possible candidate from anywhere in the world. Finding the right developer can prove to be a valuable investment that pays off quickly. If you are looking for expert developers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.