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How To Hire Remote Software Engineers

Hiring a remote software engineer, and we mean a good one, requires a solid interview process.

Thanks to the internet, you can find software engineers just about anywhere, but finding the right fit for your team can take a bit of work.

Some companies decide to save on time and hire outsourcing companies to do the work. Many of these companies claim to have the top 1% of developers which may or may not be true, depending on how you look at it. Others invest their time in hiring developers on their own.

For those interested in hire software engineers on their own, this article will be very helpful. To learn more, keep reading!

How To Find the Best Candidates for Remote Positions in Software Engineering

Great products are built by smart software engineers that work well with each other, so your primary goal should be to hire the smartest people.

Write that down somewhere, and put it somewhere you can see every morning.

The way to do that is to have a solid process from start to finish that will help you determine whether the candidate you are looking at is smart and will be a good cultural fit for your business.

These two qualities are extremely important because you want to work with someone who is passionate and professional but can also deliver solid code on time.

Let’s go over some guidelines you can follow to build this process for yourself.

Define Your Goals

Before you even think of hiring a software engineer, you should determine what type of person you want to work with.

  • Would a remote software engineer be the best option for your business?

  • Or would you prefer meeting with your engineers in-person every so often?

Highlighting your preferences early on will make you better equipped to hire within your specifications.

By creating a clear and informative job description, you can narrow down the exact qualities and professional experience that you are looking for in a candidate. This will help to screen out the applicants that don’t suit your business.

Plan Your Resource Needs

This is more or less the same as making a budget.

You should start asking yourself questions related to the resources you will need for your project, whether that be the specific tools you’ll have to use or the number of developers you’ll have to hire.

Use Appropriate Remote Work Tools

After planning your resources, you should invest some time in figuring out what tools will help you manage your team and the project itself.

You’ll want to settle on a good communication tool like Slack so that you can keep your team connected. Other remote work tools such as Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts can be useful for video calls when you need them.

Interview and Screen Candidates

Pay close attention to the communication skills of your candidates.

Interview them over the phone or via video call. Get an overview of their soft skills, like communication, as well as their technical skills.

If a candidate piques your interest during the initial interview, invite them to do a test or challenge to see their software development skills in action.

Even if they don’t give you the ‘right’ answers, you will be able to see how they think, how they make logical connections, if they can think outside of the box, etc.

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