If you’ve ever had to hire a developer, you know the challenge that this task can become. After all, software development is one of the sexy areas these days.
While there are more vacancies than developers available on the market, startups and large corporations are deploying to offer the best benefits for professionals. Thus the most experienced and skilled developers are even more difficult to find.
In contrast to this difficulty, hiring a professional who does not suit your needs can cause a loss of up to (unbelievable) 20 salaries for your company.
Thinking about it, I made this article for you to learn how to find the best developer for your company.
Tips for finding developers
Look for an indication
The first source of professionals is always the indication of people close to them, after all, a recommendation indicates that there is a relationship of trust between these two people. Therefore, if the person who recommended you is trustworthy, the indicated professional also has a great chance of being.
This is the safest way to hire a developer, the problem is that it depends on your networking circle, if it is small, consequently the amount of referral will be small too.
Make a comparison with other jobs openings
One of the main points to hire good developers is to present an attractive job offer, for that, search for other job openings similar to the one you are offering on the internet.
That way you can get an idea if you are within the reality of the market and if you can offer something more to have an even more attractive job offer.
A great site to look for jobs offers similar to yours is GlassDoor.
The main function of Linkedin is the professional relationship, and it is no wonder that it is the largest base of professionals in all areas on the internet.
There is no lack of developers there, so it is essential that you do thorough research to find the best professionals according to your needs.
Search using filters such as location and the name of the technology you need that you will have a lot of professionals to talk to.
Linkedin itself has a recruitment tool, it pays to analyze if it makes sense in your context.
We already use it here, it has its positive and negative points, soon we will make a post dedicated to that.
Be in communities
Today there is no shortage of communities for developers to exchange ideas about technology. Meetups, Lives, Telegram and Slack are great places and tools for you to find people engaged in a certain technology.
From more closed communities like a specific one of some framework or even more open about development in general.
It is important to keep an eye on all of them, there you can observe professionals debating, taking and resolving doubts from other programmers. So you can discover talents not yet recognized.
Tips for evaluating a developer
Rate his Github
One of the biggest challenges when hiring a developer is to assess your technical level.
And this is where Github comes in, it is the main source of open source for a developer, that is, people can post their personal projects or studies for other developers to contribute or view.
In this way, you can understand the experience of this professional and even assess the quality of the codes developed.
The primary phase in a selection process is the interview, this is where you can validate both the company’s cultural fit and the technical level of the developer.
Try to be very thorough in the questions because this way you can catch inconsistency in people’s speeches.
Here we seek to understand what “side projects” the person has worked on, how much experience with the technology we need and understand a little about their personal life.
Perform technical tests
The vast majority of companies apply technical tests to assess the technical level of professionals, with whom the developer is subjected to a challenge that is related to the technology that the company needs.
To be honest, here at the company we are reevaluating the question of the technical test, we realized that with it the selection process is very long and that it breaks the expectation of the developer.
So we are weighing the benefits and harms of having a technical test in the process. I’ll be back soon with news. 🤓
In this article, I give some tips on how we are doing to attract and hire developers more easily (after all this is our core business).
So, the main lesson here is that you have to test, which is best for your region, for the technology stack you need and always think about innovating in relation to competitors.
Think of hiring as a sale, you have competitors and you need to differentiate yourself from the rest. A good starting point is a culture.
Any questions leave here in the comments!