What to look for when hiring a web developer?

By January 8, 2016Web Design

If you’re a business that is planning to implement a software system, or even go all out to develop your own, you ought to know that the backbone of a successful implementation technically is having a strong software development team. More so than the dollars involved. A strong team would comprise of many talents – from the people motivator, the organised control freak, the creative individual, down to the technical wiz.
No one individual can possess all of these talents, but at least there are certain traits to look out for when bringing on board a web developer.

1. Never Ending Curiosity

Developers who often think of making a solution better even though it works according to specifications are usually the ones that push a product’s limits. They simply never accept the current state of the product. It is this mentality that allows the developer to yearn for new information, new learnings and understanding new ways in solving problems if there is one at all. With this trait, problems are usually averted before it even approaches.

2. Clear and Crisp Thinking Skills
In programming, everything that happens happens in a logical manner. Developers with mathematics or science backgrounds give them the edge in logical thinking. Think about it. All the inventions that work flawlessly are the result of great engineering – the electric bulb, the engine motor and in the internet and computer world, operating systems! Their ability with logical thinking sets them apart from the rest. To set them apart, a logical testing section can be incorporated into the hiring process.

3. Ability to Grasps Quickly
A large portion of a developers time is spent researching and learning from the experience of other people. These could be knowledge articles, code snippet shares, wikis, technical blogs and the traditional reference books. Their ability to understand the concepts quickly will be apparent when there is a need to implement complex specifications in the shortest possible time. There is certainly no room for error here and the worse that could happen is for the client to call for an immediate risk management meeting.

4. Appreciation of the Larger Picture
The comfort zone, literally, of a developer is that of a high tech surrounding at his workplace. This could be having tech savvy users around, fancy tools and even the business itself is a high tech software product. But what if the surrounding is that of another business realm? The ability of the developer to understand the business and its overview, the industry that surrounds it will definitely increase their market value. Developers who are interested in the business just as how they are interested in being part of the product development itself certainly is a plus.

5. Self Motivation
It is uncommon for a software development agency to have the budget and time to provide training to its developers. Unfortunately, this is a business reality. The result is that most developers learn new coding technologies on their own once their formal schooling is over. Developers who are good at self-learning are going to be better at programming.
During the interview process, when the candidate mentions about something difficult, it is an opportunity to find out how he or she equips themselves with the necessary skills to handle the tall tasks. Candidates who are eager to teach themselves new programming skills are more desirable as staff than those who don’t like to learn outside a formal training program.

6. Strong Passion
This is the necessary trait that will pull the team through during crunch time. In such times, complex projects need an injection of creative programming skills and techniques to ‘leap’ over technical challenges. Passion also allows the team to maintain the needed energy and mental focus to overcome tight deadlines and seemingly impossible targets. Atypical of a 9 to 5 coder. This is not to say that 9 to 5 coders are not professional, but its just to mean that not everyone is able to live and breathe work outside standard office hours.
Candidates who get excited when you talk about your project or who are talking about their past projects have it for sure.

7. Versatility and Adaptability
Projects are never perfect in execution and so is its scope clarity. Often, there will be scope changes along the way to adapt to the current market. It is necessary to have developers who are versatile and can handle change well, including taking on additional duties where required. Today, project teams are getting smaller and the necessity to be multi-skill faceted becomes apparent. This is due to the number of new technologies that are emerging in a short time, competing for exposure and market adoption to tackle complex problems. The ability of a developer to pick up new skills or swing to a new subset easily will add to their advantage significantly.
The part of adaptability is rather straightforward. New team structure models, people management methods, working locales will add to the developer’s daily life tackles. A develop who is able to accommodate to such short term changes on a frequent basis will certainly do well and provide stability for the project team.

To Sum It Up
Choosing the right developer to come on board seems to be a daunting task, but it need not be. Hopefully, these couple of pointers above can give businesses an idea of what to look out for. With these traits in your team, you can be assured of a boat that is able to withstand storms in the dead of the night.