Development, Thought Leaders

How to Hire Programmers if You Aren’t a Tech Person

October 29, 2020

by Eugenia Kuzmenko

Brand Manager, Kitrum

Finding and hiring the right programmer is difficult in normal circumstances. If you aren’t tech-savvy, it can be daunting and even discouraging. However, you’re not alone — read on to learn how to find the right developer for you.

It can be overwhelming for non-tech company owners to hire the right people for their projects and ideas. When it comes to new startups, you need a developer in order to start working on your idea and turn it into a reality. 

In order to do that, you need the right person for this job, which will require you to interview a lot of developers. How do you know which one is right for the job? Read on to find.

How To Hire a Programmer:

  1. Who you need to look for
  2. What you need to do
  3. You’re ready to find your programmer

Who You Need To Look For

There are three types of developers you’ll want to look for on your search for the right one. Choosing a candidate with any of these characteristics will get you off on the right foot.

A Developer Who Loves To Take on Challenging Situations

You need to ask your candidate about the biggest challenge they had to face in their last couple of projects. If they mention anything about fixing bad coding, handling tough clients, or completing projects at the right time, then you might as well just end the interview. 

All of these issues are what developers have to face on a regular basis. It is the real big problem that truly shows the strength and resilience of a developer.

A person who doesn’t stress about solving difficult issues and actually gets excited is the one you should go for. For instance, you want someone who can work well under pressure and is able to handle the real problems that might come your way in the business.

A Developer Who Explains Technical Concepts in a Simpler Way

You need someone who explains technical concepts in a way that is understandable for everyone. When you understand these difficult concepts, it will be easier for you to make the right decision when needed. 

Someone who can explain to you what they are building, the coding, and why they are building it this way — all in a manner that is easy to comprehend — is the one who’s going to help you grow your business.

Tips for Explaining Technical Things Simply

A Developer Who’s Comfortable With Writing the Code While You’re Watching 

A person who can write code under pressure is the right candidate for your business. You can ask the candidate to write and work on a simple algorithm while you stand next to them. 

This is important because you need someone who can fix potential bad bugs quickly and is able to work when placed under sudden pressure. Developers who are great at their job think in code; hence they are able to quickly fix any bugs that might show up suddenly. 

On the other hand, mediocre developers will start to run then rerun the code in order to fix it; that is not what you need.

What You Need To Do

Since you are the client, you need to work on some important things as well and conduct your own study. 

1. Do the Necessary Research

Depending on your niche, you need to do proper and thorough research. Understand who your audience and competitors are, and go through any possible obstacles as well. 

Compare your findings with your current projects in order to know if your project stands out or not. It should be different from others. 

A user will not go for something that’s already out there and is well-established. Plus, there are programmers out there who don’t necessarily go for the typical everyday projects. 

2. Find Possible Platforms

Through detailed research, you will discover different platforms that are suitable for your product. 

For instance, if the majority of your audience uses Android, then you can launch your MVP (Minimum Viable Product) for this specific platform. Later on, you can do the development for iOS. 

You should know that development for these two platforms is going to cost you twice as much as compared to a project that’s for one platform.

Moreover, there are different programming languages for different platforms. For instance, app developers for iOS should know Objective-C or Swift. On the other hand, Android engineers use Java or Kotlin.

When it comes to frontend development, web engineers use JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. For databases, they use MySQL. When it comes to backend development, they use C# or Node.js.

Also, according to the task, developers are required to work with several SDKs and frameworks. Hence, when you create your job offer, clearly specify your project’s core language.

You should hire a programmer who is highly skilled when it comes to specific technologies, as compared to someone that’s just average when it comes to using different tools.

Tech Stack for Platforms

Make a Feature List

When you have one or more feature lists prepared beforehand, the developers will know what tech stack they should use when working on the project. They will also know how the software’s finalized version should look like. 

Nevertheless, you can still stay brief when you contact a software development company by simply mentioning you want a specific app. But, requirements like these don’t contain any sort of valuable information themselves. 

It is because of these unclear requirements that business analysts use a lot more time in order to guess what you are looking for as well as the final expectation of your project.

Furthermore, when trying to hire freelance developers or when gathering a team, make sure you precisely explain your demands. 

Usually, these teams don’t have any business analysts available to help with the requirements; therefore, this is your responsibility. Because of unclear requirements, the finalized version of your software could end up looking like nothing you imagined.

In order to make the ideal feature list, you need to divide it into two sections:

  • The primary features, meaning the MVP, which needs to be developed first.
  • Other advanced features that will make the software a lot more sophisticated. 

In my previous article, I explained what an MVP is as well as its minimum functions. Understanding what your MVP will be is vital as you find a programmer.

You’re Ready To Find Your Programmer

Before you hire the right programmer, make sure you know what your product is and how it can be completed. Make use of your research in order to make your final choices. 

With your research plus a decent design, you will surely pick the perfect programmers and languages that your project needs. The best move you can make is to hire a CTO

This person will be responsible for the software development process and will have experience when it comes to building teams for all types of projects. Plus, a CTO can help you in picking the best candidates that are ideal for your specific needs.

Lastly, make sure you create an attractive job description, go through all of your options, and search the right places. Hiring a programmer doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. However, if you feel like you need help then it’s better to hire your own technical sidekick. 

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