How to Hire Web Developers: A Foolproof 6-Step Guide
JUL 27, 2017 16:44 PM
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How to Hire Web Developers: A Foolproof 6-Step Guide 

by Drew Hendricks
For your business to have a competitive edge, you’ll need a strong online presence. Building your brand requires stylish web design and nearly flawless implementation. Without employing the help of a web developer with honed skills, your online identity will surely suffer.
You may think the hiring process is straightforward: post job ad, interview interested parties, hire web developer, and -- presto -- you’re finished in no time. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case as hiring missteps are surprisingly easy.
This 6-step guide will help you maximize the chance of finding a talented web developer and minimize unnecessary costs:
1. Who do you want to hire: front-end, back-end, or full-stack web developer?
While you don’t need to understand all the intricacies of what web developers do, having an understanding of exactly what kind of web developer you want to hire is absolutely necessary. In general, there are three specializations within web development: front-end, back-end, and full-stack.
A front-end web developer is akin to a designer. They code webpages with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, crafting the style of your webpage. 
Back-end web developers query databases and utilize programming languages like PHP or Python to do so. They take your beautifully crafted website and ensure it sits soundly on a functional server. 
Full-stack web developers marry the two positions, juggling both roles in a single job. Often, they are more expensive, but they can help eliminate communication problems as your team builds websites.
2. Weigh your options: hire freelance developer or long-term employee?
The benefits of hiring freelancers are myriad. If you want to uncomplicate the process of hiring web developers, look no further than freelancers. 
They’re fresh, flexible additions to any team. They can assist in rounding out a traditional team, supplementing a distributed team, or can be hired on for a single project. What’s more, hiring freelancers may also give you the opportunity to employ top talent at a much more affordable rate.
3. Budget time and money
At the moment, a custom website usually runs around $5,000 to $10,000, according to Web Builder Expert. 
Keep in mind that spending $10,000 by no means guarantees you a high-end website. The costs vary wildly due to a multitude of factors, such as the size of your team. 
The complexity of your site will largely determine how much time it will take to develop, and may act a predictor of its cost. That being said, typically, building a website will take a team 12 to 16 weeks, but the process can take up to six months.
4. Find a cultural fit
Technical skill is important for completing tasks but incongruous attitudes will nullify even the best talent.
Happy employees, ones that align with the company culture, are much more productive -- one study showed that they are as much as 12% more productive -- than unhappy ones. So, while it may feel natural to dive headlong into technical tests at the very beginning, you may want to hold off until you’ve gained insight into a potential hire’s attitude, enthusiasm, and adaptability.
5. Test developer skillsets
How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Rounds of QA and technical tests.
For example, listed below are a few web development concepts, which you will likely talk about with a front-end, back-end, or full-stack web developer:
  • How do you craft a timeline for your projects?
  • Can you explain the advantages of using Javascript?
  • What frameworks are you most familiar with?
  • What is RESTful API?
If you want to see something more concrete, ask them for their portfolio or to to complete a coding project that they post to their GitHub account in addition to rounds of questions as well. After these tests, you may want to test proficiency in HTML, Javascript, or Angular through an online questionnaire.
6. Communicate clear expectations
The most difficult steps are behind you. Now you need to communicate what your company does and what it expects from a new web developer.
You’ll want to discuss:
  • Tools they’ll be using
  • Deadlines
  • Reporting structure
  • Performance expectations
  • Compensation
Any doubts about how the working relationship will play out should be allayed at this point. If you and your candidate still see eye to eye, it’s time to seal the deal and officially extend an offer of employment.
Hiring is hard work. Before assessing others, you’ll need to assess your own needs. What kind of website do you need? What kind of web developer can make this happen? What are you willing to spend? These are questions you’ll need to answer if you want to hire well.
Once you’ve acquired a general sense of what you will require of a web programmer, you can begin exploring your options and search web developer talent pools, searching for a web developer with the correct temperament and requisite technical knowledge. Additionally, you may want to broaden your search to include talented freelancers.
The effort you pour into the hiring process will be well worth it, since, if done properly, it will not only save you time and resources, but also supply you with a web developer who can bolster your brand. If you’ve done your research and managed to encounter exceptional developers, you’ll be more than happy with your team’s new addition.
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