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Things to Consider When Hiring a Web Developer

inductionA web developer plays a vital role in website development. This makes them one of your most critical hires to complete the team. After all, entrusting your website and projects to someone could be a little tricky, if not too risky.

In general, it is very important that you hire the right talent from the onset. If not, you will just be wasting your time, energy and money seeking for a replacement. Poor hiring decisions may not just cause project delays, but jeopardize the quality of your site as well.

Let us share some things you should consider when hiring a developer:

  1. Attitude before skills

It is true that skills are very important when comes to something as technical as web development. However, there are some instances when you have to set the skills aside first and prioritize a candidate’s attitude. You must keep in mind that your company’s principles and vision should be on top of your priorities. Someone whose DNA does not match the company’s culture will just bring a huge gap in interest. No matter how good he is, if he can’t live and work to respect the culture, he will sure have a hard time focusing on his job as well.

It is best to create a list of traits you are looking for and ask the candidate to state whether or not he has it. There are times when one question may give a hint on what answer you want to hear so It would also be advisable to administer psychological exams whose answers they cannot manipulate.

  1. Test and do not assume

It is best to give a candidate a small project that can let you observe the person up close. You have to know how he handles stress, challenges and of course the company’s expectations. In this way, you will be able to gauge the candidate’s efficiency toward a goal set for him

Avoid deciding in an instant especially after the initial interview as you might just end up assuming things which is definitely not the right way to go. Just imagine it this way, you met a stranger who wants something from you (a job) and he tell you things (impressive things about his self) and you believe him? Of course not, right? A big NO-NO.

  1. Look for someone with aptitude

Skills become obsolete after years since technologies just keep on evolving from time to time. With this being said, consider someone that is trainable and is open for continuous learning. The best way to see if your candidate has this quality is by simply asking them what they have done to improve themselves in the past months.

  1. Give them verbal exams rather than written

Ask them questions based from scenarios rather than giving written exams that they are most probably expecting already. Some samples are:

  • How do you manage conflicts in a web application when different people are editing the same data?
  • Which design patterns have you used, and in what situations?
  • Can you name any differences between object-oriented design and component-based design?
  1. If it’s not working, know what to do

Hiring slowly is not bad. This is actually ideal if you truly want to find the best and the most fitting candidate for the vacant position. However, we all know that not all things go smoothly accordingly to what we usually plan. There is still a big possibility that we are found to fail and hire the wrong person.

When this happens, do not forget to give that person a chance. Not that you’ve only invested time and money on them, but because hiring the wrong person only means going through the recruitment process again – a total waste of energy.

But don’t get me wrong, I did not write all of this to ask you to keep the wrong person in the end. The point that I am driving is, give it a chance but if it is not working you really have to let go and start all over again no matter how stressful it is. There are some special cases when you will meet someone who learns and improves through hands-on work. Meaning, they might not have the right quality for now but along the way while dealing with the tasks eventually learns to handle the deal.


Catherine is President & Executive Director of 20four7va, a global eCommerce virtual assistance service provider. She is into strategic planning, product development, brand management, and digital marketing. You can follow her on Twitter @20four7va

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