6 factors you must consider while hiring remote developers
Remote-hiring and outsourcing is all rage these days, especially in programming and designing industry and indeed it is the future.Nilesh Kadivar
One thing we both can agree on is that it comes with baggage full of benefits. Benefits like cost efficiency, better productivity, allowing you to focus on the core business and so on. That's the reason everyone from small start-ups to huge multinational behemoths, all are embracing flexible work models and hiring remote teams. And even that’s the reason you are reading this article.
But there is just one stumbling block that shuns people to bear the benefits of hiring remote developers.
And that is finding the right team of developers for the project.
No one wants to end up hiring an inefficient team, face unnecessary delays and ultimately a junky product, right?
So now, you might be wondering:
How Can I Hire the 'Right Team' for My Project?
The answer is quite simple. You just need to consider few key points while hiring a remote team. These points will ensure that the team you are hiring is a perfect match for the job and will turn your idea into a reality. Though this blog is written acknowledging the points to hire remote developers, you can utilize them for remote hiring in various industries.
#1. Communication Skills
“ Communication- the human connection- is the key to personal and career success.”
-Paul J. Mayer
Clear and effective communication is a must have a quality of the remote team you hire.
Due to the geographical barrier, you may not be able to communicate with the remote team face-to-face. The only way you can communicate is via video or voice calls, emails or a project management tool.
Ensuring that team is communicative, understands your updates and provides necessary feedback enables smooth execution of the project and boosts the overall success rate.
#2. Technical Expertise and Knowledge
While hiring the remote team you must take into account the level of proficiency of relevant technologies and tools that are necessary for your project.
Technical expertise and skills ensure a better quality of work for your project.
E.g. If you are looking to build a fluid frontend of a single page application the developers must be well versed with the technologies such as AngularJS, ReactJS, Vue.js, etc. Making sure the team has good hands on relevant technology and tools can further enhance your product.
#3. Reviews and Ratings
Many websites like Clutch, Upwork, Dribble, Github, etc. have made it easier to find the quality developers and designers with reliable reviews and ratings.
Before you hire the team, you must check their reviews and ratings on Google, Clutch or Upwork. By doing so, you can get an idea of what the past clients have to say about them.
For instance, before you hire a web or mobile app development company for your next project you can check the reliable ratings on Clutch or check existing sample codes provided by developers on GitHub.
“Dating and hiring have a lot in common.” – Scott Wintrip
Interviewing is quite similar to dating. You date a person to know more about him/her and judge if they are good to get committed. Similarly, interviews evaluate if the person is fit for your project before you commit to work on the project.
A video interview may depict their communication skills but in order to execute your ideas into the apps, you need to evaluate their coding proficiency too.
There are some amazing tools available that can help you to evaluate the candidates using a real-time code editor. Some popular ones are Skype, CodeShare, Codepen and CoderPad.
Many development companies nowadays, even provide demo tasks before you hire them.
"Experience is the mother of wisdom"-English Proverb
Hiring a skilled team is important but we can not neglect the benefits of experience. Seasoned developers can do wonders for your project. They have worked on different projects and this experience plays a vital role in the success of your app.
You get a better code quality as they have typed millions of lines of codes, there is less delay as they have already tackled similar scenarios, provide better features as they have mastered the technology and they are even more reliable than inexperienced developers.
Whereas an inexperienced team may lack all the necessary experience and use the trial and error method for your project. So, hiring a seasoned team of developers is always a smart choice. We at Techuz always help clients by introducing the CV of developers who will be working on their project.
#6. Past Projects
Past projects developed by the team is one of the best proofs of their expertise and quality of service. Before you hire the remote team you must ask them to share the past projects that they have worked on and if possible ask them for the projects similar to yours.
Checking similar projects will ensure that you are going with the right team of developers. Even getting a feedback from the former clients would reveal many insights about the team and help you decide if they are fit for your project.