Why should you hire a professional software developer?

“Software development is teeth-clenching-hair-pulling-tough job but so is hiring the right software developer for your project”, humorous as it may, it’s true! People who have had this experience before will agree to this.

Software development, today, is one of the most rewarding careers out there. It pays well, there’s plenty of work, future is bright and there’s a whole lot of other perks and benefits. But these “great prospects” have become the reason that software developers are sprouting everywhere all of a sudden like weed. This has greatly affected the quality of the industry as whole. People who are not qualified, who have not understood programming from the core, who still stand low on the learning curve stand in queue for work. While a very few thrive, the rest produce sub-par work which eventually leads to wastage of resources and in some case re-assigning of the work because what’s delivered is unworkable to begin with.

Hiring the right candidate for your project has become quite a challenge!

Why to hire a professional software developer?

For obvious reasons nobody would want to hire a developer that fails to deliver or worse consumes your time and resources and delivers a broken piece of software that demands more of your time and resources to get fixed while doing the harm it does by being sub-standard. You don’t want to deal with that kind of headache and that’s precisely the reason you need to hire a professional software developer. Now this could be a freelancer or a seasoned organization that depends on the scope of your project and your budget.

Hiring a professional developer saves your time, energy, money and other resources. But this is not the catch, these are side-benefits. When you hire the right developer for your project, you get results that not only exceed your expectations in terms of quality but also in terms of innovation and creativity. What you receive surpasses your original idea in terms of functionality and efficiency. The right software developer not only completes your project in time but pushes it further in authenticity and functionality.

As an outcome, it delivers better results when integrated in your business. So you essentially get double returns – one on the software itself, others on the quality work your software accomplishes for you. And this is why; you must take your time before finalizing your candidate/company for your project.

Tip: Software companies in Lebanon are considered to be one of the best software development companies in the industry. So you might want to check them out. It will save you plenty of time.

How to hire the right software developer for your project?

Now that we have understood the ‘why’ comes the ‘how’ of hiring the right developer for your project.

Hiring the right software development talent is a multi-faceted task that demands the right mix of social networking, technical acumen, human resource management and intuition. The questions that really baffle the employer are –

How to explore a candidate’s ability to think creatively?

How to quantify his/her team skills?

How to gauge an employee’s work ethic and the ability to take constructive feedback?

Evaluating these “soft” skills besides the more obvious tech and programming skills is equally important in one’s quest to find the best developer.

One of the most common mistakes that employers make is they focus too heavily on the technical details which often results in skipping of other finer details such as capability to solve problems, think creatively and to work compatibly with the team.

In case of hiring an agency, employers sometimes focus too much on the past records while often completely or partially ignoring the present ideas on the project. Or sometimes, their price negotiation bracket is very tight and not open to negotiation.

In the process of finding the right candidate for your project, follow a systematic approach to filter out good candidates from the herd of applications. Here’s how to do that.

Personal networking: Recommendations serve good in talent hunts like this. Personal referrals are the most productive resource for successful new hires. Getting recommended by someone is the biggest proof that the candidate’s work is impressive.

Social profiling: One of the best sources for scourging right candidate from the mix is look at the people they associate with. Platforms like LinkedIn give a good idea of the socio-professional circle of a person. Look for testimonials and connections. Also check in to the authenticity of recommendations. However, not every developer maintains such profiles actively, so don’t make this your sole judgement. If the response on this is positive, it’s good otherwise it’s not the most accurate indicator.

Technical forums

Blogs and technical forums are great places to look for talent. Developer blogs are full of people who are programmers and are looking for work. Follow different people on such blogs or you may write a post of your own seeking professional help and the desired profile of the candidate. The same goes for technical forums.

Open-source contributors

On websites such as GitHub and Source Forge, there are many on-going open projects. You can follow such program

This method has one more thing, it allows for an employer to judge his candidates, on his/her programming ability without even interviewing them first.

Tech conferences and IOs

Tech confreres and IOs are the festivals for nerds. Jokes apart, if you are going to look out for a potential candidate, going to any such festival or meet, and communicating with the people you like or the ones you may have recommendation for is a great way to meet new people.

For agencies

If you are looking forward to work with an agency it’s best to seek recommendations from your personal and professional circle. Lebanon hosts some of the best software companies in the world. Software companies in Lebanon are known for their quality work, affordable prices and timely delivery.

James Mathews

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