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How to Hire Software Developers

When it comes to a company startup, your main goal is quick growth. In fact, you should be looking to grow as much as four to seven percent each week. Sound like a big goal? It is. But with hard work and the right team, it is an achievable goal. But to achieve this goal, you first need to have a good team behind you. And to have a good team behind you, you need to recruit remote workers that will be professional, productive, and motivated. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Tip #1: Don’t Get Caught Up in Scams

The scariest thing about hiring a remote worker is that, in reality, you have no idea of who they actually are. Unlike in-house jobs, you usually don’t get to meet remote workers for a face-to-face interview. With that being said, you should treat their interviews very similar by:

  • Checking their experience – When hiring a remote worker, seeing a resume is not good enough. People can be anyone they want to be behind a computer screen. So ask for them to demonstrate some of their experience. You can ask them about different projects or tasks that they have worked on, or ask to see a sample of their work (if applicable).
  • Asking for references – Just as you would in a face-to-face interview, ask for references – and check them. Then, check their online presence. Many freelancers and remote workers have extensive online profiles that you can also use to obtain reviews about the candidate.
  • Asking about technological experience – When working remotely, 99% of work is done on a computer. Not only is this true for work, but its also true for communication. Text, email, and video conferences will be the main form of communication when working with someone remotely, so your ideal candidate should be “in-the-know” about all of the latest apps and business trends relating to both the job at hand and communication.
  • Watching how they interact – When you have a face-to-face interview, you have the opportunity to see how people react in stressful situations. You can do the same remotely by conducting video interviews. When interviewing your candidate watch for things like eye contact and body language – they can tell you a lot about a person! Video style interviews can also give you a good idea about the social skills of your candidate. You want to make sure they are good at communicating and expressing themselves to others.

So where can you go to find good remote workers?

Use your Professional Networks

Do you have Facebook fans? People who read your blog regularly? Contacts on LinkedIn? Use your professional networks to find potential employees. These networks can often be your best resource when looking to hire, because people who like your page or read your blog already show interest in your company. They may know your company well and, if offered, would welcome the chance to work for you. If you are hiring for several positions, you may even want to consider adding a “careers” page to your website.

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You can also use people within your company (other employees, teammates, etc) to spread the word about potential positions available – as we all know, word of mouth is the best form of advertising!

Job Boards

Job boards are another great way to find employees, and the best part about them is that they are free! If you do choose to go this route, invest some time in writing up a good job description. You want top professionals to respond, so your description needs to be professional as well. The more details you can give about the job, the more you can narrow down suitable candidates.

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Recruiting agencies

If all else fails, you can hire a recruiting agency to find good remote workers for you. The benefit of this route is that it takes the stress of hiring off of your shoulders. Instead of spending hours sorting through resumes and conducting interviews, you can hire a recruiting agency to do it for you, saving you time for other tasks. The downfall is that it can be expensive.

Freelancing Websites

There are hundreds of websites that you can use to hire remote workers and freelancers. With that being said, most freelancers on these websites work from job to job. It is rare to find someone who can commit to a long term project via freelancing websites. Having said that, it’s definitely not impossible. And who knows? Someone who starts off working odd jobs for you could become a long term, committed employee in the long run.

How much does it cost to hire a software developer?

According to statistics, the average wage for developers working startup companies can range anywhere from $76 000 to $140 000 per year. The exact wage depends on numerous things including experience, programming language, technical skills, the location of the project, and the scope of the project.

What if I can’t find a developer who is a good fit for my company?

In such a case, you may want to turn to a software development company. How does it work? Choose the company, tell them your needs, and they will provide you with an estimated cost. Once you have agreed to go forward, a team will start working on your project immediately.  The main benefit of hiring a company for your projects is that you can work with qualified and experienced developers, without having to go through the interviewing process. In addition, most companies provide fast and reliable work with excellent maintenance and support teams.

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