How TO - Hire Developers
How do you hire developers?
- A checklist for beginners.
Recruiting the right developer can be challenging.
You need to know what you are looking for, find the right candidates, evaluate them, and ensure they match the company's culture.
Did you know: The average cost of failed hiring is $17,000, according to research by CareerBuilder.
Here is a simple checklist for beginners on how to hire developers:
Define your needs
- What type of developer are you looking for?
Front-end developer, back-end developer, full stack developer?
- What skills and technologies are required for the role?
- What level of experience are you looking for?
Junior, mid-level, or senior?
- What will the day-to-day work life look like for the developer?
- What tasks will the developer solve?
Look at our coding language dictionary to understand the different skills trending in the market.
Answering these questions will help you understand what you're looking for.
Fill up your pipeline.
Find out where the developers you are looking for are hanging out. Navigate through:
- Community Channels
- Social Media
- Personal network
- Dev.Events - To get an overview of the best developer conferences in 2024
- W3Schools Pathfinder - To get an up-to-date candidate pipeline based on your hiring criteria
- W3Schools LinkedIn profile - To get in touch with over 1 million developers
The main challenge is not finding developers. It's getting them to want to talk to you.
Especially mid-level and senior developers, whom recruiters often approach.
- Personalize your message when reaching out - No one likes to be one of a million.
- Show interest in them and what they do.
- Make sure to show what is in it for them by joining the company and its vision.
Start the evaluation process.
You should now have a list of candidates you want to evaluate.
Remember, It's not just about the technical skills; they should match the company's culture. Hire for culture, train for skills.
Here is a simple checklist to follow:
- Look at their portfolio/ repository.
- Evaluate their level of problem-solving ability.
- Run interviews
- Do a background test.
There you have it.
A simple checklist to follow when you are hiring developers.
Remember: A hiring process can be scary the first time. The second time, it gets easier.
By the third time, you will have a pipeline build-up.
Don't give up - we believe in you.