The constant spread of Coronavirus is affecting different countries and industries across the globe in different ways. Tours and travel industries bearing unprecedented losses while technology and online delivery businesses are thriving since people are locked at home.
The Corona Pandemic has impacted the information technology sector a lot, like most IT companies now forcing employees to work from home to stay safe and maintain social distance.
Due to the increasing demand for doorstep deliveries, more and more entrepreneurs are leveraging advanced technology to make huge profits. Now you need to hire developers that can work for your project and give you optimum results. Hiring remote developers can be a daunting process.
A study from Genome found that since the pandemic began, more than 45 % of full-time developers have been terminated. As a result, the remote developers market is flooded with skilled people. So let’s get started on how to hire remote developers during this uncertain time.
Step 1: Define Your Requirement Precisely
Hiring remote developers is an energy-draining task. You have to precisely define your exact requirements like what you want as a result and within how much time you want to finish it. No matter how small or big your project is, discuss your project requirement and expectations first.
If you are looking to hire remote developers for a short period of time, it would be good to represent project information as much as you can and discuss the expected deliverables. When you are hiring remote developers, your “job ad” should have the following things:
- Describe the position
- Project area – the candidate would be working on
- List of technologies required- the list should be “must-haves,” “good-to-have.”
- Payment policies- daily/weekly/monthly.
- Job conditions: part-time or full-time
If you want to attract the right talent, your ad should contain the above-mentioned details. Once you are done with this, publish it on large portals and sites.
Step 2: Spread Your Requirement On the Web
Once you have prepared a concise job offer, it’s time to spread across the web. You can publish your job offer anywhere, such as on your website, social media accounts, etc.
Here Linkedin can work like a pro as it is one of the best places to share your job requirement with other professionals. If you have a decent number of followers, it will surely help you get the right candidate.
After social media, you can also surf major job portals such as Guru.com, Fiverr, Freelancer.com, and many more. All these platforms can help you choose the right candidate based on pricing levels and skills.
Above mentioned platforms offer you reliable results, but if you want to hire the best of the best, Toptal.com gives you amazing results because they have the best 3% of developers across the globe.
This way, you will come across different resumes and different talents. Based on that filter and shortlist certain candidates who match your requirements.
Step 3: Checkout Candidate’s Portfolio and Other Skills
This is the most important step you need to perform well in order to make the right choice. When it comes to a portfolio, you need to be extra careful about the candidate’s skills and expertise. You also need to check the details of the completed projects.
If your requirement does not match with the candidate’s past work, it would be better to shortlist another resume and choose among them. Many times some candidates have described many skills on their resume but don’t have a good track record of completed projects. In that case, make decisions wisely and work accordingly.
Moreover, due to the pandemic, most developers work remotely, so it is necessary to have a good internet connection and other collaboration tools that make communication easy and ensure productivity. It means the candidate should be well-versed with different tools such as:
- Slack, Skype, Zoom for meeting
- Zoho, Trello, and Jira for reports and project management
- Zoom for scheduling calls with clients and manager
- Gsuite for documentation and report generation
If the candidate lacks the above skills, you will increase your risk exposure. Check your portfolio first; if you are satisfied, go ahead and explain your work process.
Step 4: Onboarding
After finishing the above steps, the next and important step is onboarding. A lot of project managers and clients believe that their job is done now and let remote developers work their own. This is wrong.
Indeed, you have hired a skilled and smart remote developer, but it is your duty to explain to them about the project and related tasks. Based on that, they will perform and deliver results. Help them set up servers and essential access logins such as web panel, admin panel, etc. Try to communicate with them once or twice a day.
It feels motivated and energized. Be around and communicate with them. Try to solve questions. It also makes remote developers special and welcomed. Introduce your team and conduct a video session where you can introduce remote developers in front of your colleagues.
Assign tasks based on working hours and check the status of each task once it gets completed. It saves time and avoids misunderstandings.
Step 5: Bonus Tips
The right communication tool and the right skill may decrease a lot of work. As the skills gap widens, companies have had to update their working culture to accommodate remote developers. However, in this cut-throat competitive market, it isn’t easy to attract and hire remote talent.
If you want to hire the best remote developer, you have to follow the above-mentioned process and tactics. The appropriate job posting, interview process, explanation of project details, etc. play an important role and make the hiring process easy.
Depending on your project type, hunt for the talent, and choose the best who is having the ability to give you expected results. Don’t overlook a budget; make sure you are comfortable with the candidate and commitments.
Corona Pandemic is changing the dynamics of the Information Technology industry. If you want to survive in this competitive market, you have to make the right choice. People are more reliant on technology solutions; if you want to make your project successful, choosing the right resource is important.
With good communication, honesty, and technology know-how, you can build the best remote development team to survive any storm and end up with the desired results.
Deep is an aspiring entrepreneur and Co-founder of Elluminati Inc. Deep having led 75+ startups on the right path with their information-admiring entrepreneurial skill and guidelines. Along with that he loves to craft content on topics including on-demand economy, entrepreneurship, technology trends and many more.