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Top 9 Tips for Hiring a Software Developer

Ivy PedersenJuly 1, 2021,
Top 9 Tips for Hiring a Software Developer

When adding to your company, you want to ensure you get the very best talent. When hiring for a specific job role for the first time, you will especially need to understand what factors to consider. So what essential elements to keep in mind when looking to hire a software developer who can fit in perfectly with your company.


“Here's a factor that's ignored when looking to hire a software developer – commitment! Having been in the industry for over ten years, I can tell you that projects rarely finish as they started. There are often changes in the functionality requirements, budgets and deadlines, so the software developer has to be willing to adapt and commit themselves to the success of your project.”

Sid Berry, Founder at 71Three

Consider Whom to Hire Based on What Stage Your Company is at the Time

“One of the main factors you need to consider when hiring a developer is what stage the company is at, along with the coding skills the type of persona matters when hiring the first few members of the team. For instance, if the company is at a very early stage the developers you need might be the developers who can create products in a quick and dirty way rather than creating a perfect solution. But if the company is at a later stage focusing on growth then the developer might have a slightly different role as the goal will be to create software that is scalable, stable, and user friendly.” says Rahul Mohanachandran, co-founder of Kasera.

What your company requires at the moment could determine who is the ideal candidate, “Like many other professionals, developers have different personality traits, some may like creating perfectly engineered solutions, and creating quick and dirty solutions might not be something they enjoy doing. Knowing what the company needs from the developer and finding whether that fits with the developer is something that needs to be considered when hiring a developer.”

Rahul Mohanachandran is the Co-Founder of the furniture comparison platform called Kasera

Flexibility and adaptability

"Make sure that the candidate is flexible and adaptable at all times whenever projects he handles especially when it come to real estate industry coding since every business is transitioning to digital, he has to come up with brand new ideas onboard."

Daniel Cabrera, Owner, Sellmyhousefastsatx

Skillset and Expertise

"One of the key factors of hiring a software developer is that they develop new software ideas and attention to details that can be really helpful to a growing industry."

John Webster, MD, livewireleads

Find Someone Smarter Than You

“In my opinion, when you are hiring a software developer you should find someone smarter than you. Being the smartest person in the room is something you never want to be. Bringing in top talent with a variety of opinions, ideas, and perspectives is the type of applicant you should be looking for. Their knowledge and experience may be put to good use and contribute a lot of value to the firm. This is especially crucial in the early stages of hiring in a startup environment because high talent attracts more top talent. Collaboration is a big draw for this type of talent, which is why employing someone brighter than you is a good idea.”

Sam Browne, CEO/Founder Find a Band

Focus; They Keep Their Eye On The Ball

“A programmer who knows why they do what they do will remain focused and on target. You want them to be enthusiastic about their field in general, but you also want to know that they will remain focused on the short and long-term objectives. You don't want developers that go off on tangents, attempting to include the newest and greatest, but unneeded, technology into the codebase - or over-optimize items that aren't a top priority for the team.” says Bram Jansen, the Chief Editor of vpnAlert.

Fast Self-Learner

“Programming's state-of-the-art is continuously changing. Programmers must show that they can swiftly learn new technologies, methodologies, and best practices. Once a developer grasps the fundamentals of programming, he or she should be able to build on that foundation. A programmer will not stay long if they are unable to learn new programming abilities without the assistance of someone else. Keeping up with cutting-edge technology is critical for a company's growth, innovation, and success.”

Bram Jansen, Chief Editor of vpnAlert

Have An Open Mind For Diverse Programming Languages And Tools

“Because programming languages are continuously expanding and changing, you won't have many successful Software Developer interviews if you continue to ask questions that are overly specific to the precise technologies your organization utilizes. Concentrate on the ideas of programming algorithms and applications. Concentrate on how the candidate solves the challenge. It's much easier to teach a great problem solver new programming languages than it is to teach them how to solve problems.”

Rameez Usmani, Tech and Security Expert Code Signing Store

Be Quick to Respond

Daivat Dholakia, the Director of Operations at  Force By Mojio says when you find the right candidate, be quick to reach out, “Replying to promising candidates fast and moving them to the next stage of the hiring process ASAP is key. Unlike other positions you may try to fill, software developers are in high demand. You can't expect promising candidates to wait on you to get back to them before seeking a role elsewhere. That's why it's important to reply to good applicants within as little time as possible.”

Coding Assessment Before the Interview 

“Introduce a coding assessment before you schedule a full-length interview with a candidate. If no one at your company is technically skilled enough to make and grade one, you can find one online or outsource to another company. Make sure the assessment is tailored to the kind of work the candidate would be doing for your company. It's extremely important that you ensure they have the basic technical skills down before you start asking questions like How would you describe the role you play on a team?”

Daivat Dholakia, Director of Operations Force By Mojio

Detailed Job Description

“Make sure to keep the job description and all discussions of the role you're filling as simple and clear as possible. You want to make sure the candidate is 100% on board with what they're signing up for.”

Daivat Dholakia, Director of Operations Force By Mojio

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