So, you’ve got a great idea for a software project. Investors are already interested. You’re basically ready to launch, except for the fact that you haven’t yet figured out who’s going to actually develop your project.
The wrong developer can be the worst thing to ever happen to your business. You’ll watch as they drain investor money, put off projects and create something users don’t like because of their lack of skills. This is why you need to hire the best developers you can – and I’m here to help.
Are you worried about finding the perfect person for your project? Here are 8 tips for hiring a great developer for your startup.
1. Outline the Must-have Skills
This may seem like the most obvious tip for hiring the best developers for your business, but physically outlining the exact skills needed to complete your project helps more than you may realize. Create two lists: a list of “must-haves,” the minimum requirements for any candidate, and a list of “like-haves.” Nobody is perfect, but the must-haves can be discussed during the initial call to weed out candidates who won’t be the best fit. Remember, the pickier you are, the longer the hunt is going to take, but your list can help you decide if it’s worth the wait.
2. Make Sure the Developer Fits with Your Company Culture
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Different offices have different vibes, and if your developer doesn’t fit in, it can be a disaster that wastes your financial resources, hurts your product and makes everyone in the office unhappy (including the developer who wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into).
Finding a developer that fits into your company culture is paramount. If you work on a remote team, you need someone who is comfortable working on their own. If your company expects a lot of collaboration, you can’t have a developer who doesn’t play nice with others – if they don’t match your company’s culture, they’re not going to work out.
To get a feel for your developer’s fit, know your company culture inside-and-out, and ask questions about preferred working environments to potential candidates.
3. Hitting Deadlines is a Must
Imagine you’re creating an iPhone app that you’ve discovered has a terrible glitch causing you to get poor ratings in the App Store. Your best developer says he’s on it, but ends up completely dropping the ball. For a mobile app, ratings can be the difference between growing a massive userbase and floundering to the bottom of the app store with every other app that people forgot about because it didn’t work well.
This is why candidates must be able to meet your deadlines.
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You can’t exactly tell if a mobile developer or software engineer is going to hit your deadlines until you work with them – but you can get a feel for it. Ask candidates questions about hitting deadlines: What would they do if they start falling behind? How would they alert their manager? Sometimes falling behind happens, but it’s how a developer handles it that makes a difference.
4. Determine Your Developer’s Standards
The top developers for hire all have one thing in common – they have high standards. You don’t want a candidate who’s comfortable pushing something out before it may be ready, and you really don’t want a candidate who will leave a complete mess for the next developer. To make sure your potential developer has high standers, ask to see a demo of their portfolio and check their references.
5. You Must Be Able to Coach Your Developer
It’s really hard to work with someone who can’t take feedback or constructive criticism. The people you hire at your company should all be working towards the same goal – making the best product possible. Sometimes, this means you’re going to have to tell a developer they didn’t do a good enough job and coach them towards a better final product. A good developer accepts coaching – even asks for coaching – and will likely be a great long-term asset to your company.
6. Know How Much a Good Developer Costs
You might think you could be getting a great deal on a talented developer, only to lose the bid because you aren’t the best offer. Know how much developers actually cost. Freelance developers typically have a range of hourly rates, and at the same time, may overcharge if they think you’re naive. Figure out the average price for the skills you want and go for it.
7. Ask for Help
You may not be sure where to start in finding the best developer for your project, so there’s no shame in asking for help. DevTeamSpace puts leading businesses in their fields in touch with top developer talent. Post your project to get in touch with the developers who can help.
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