How to Test and Screen for .NET Developer Skills

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When it comes to hiring .NET developers, it is crucial to ensure you are hiring the finest talent that can communicate effectively with clients and produce the best quality results.  As with any profession, companies need to thoroughly screen and test candidates to find someone that will be the right fit culturally and professionally.

Tips for Screening and Testing .NET Developers:

  1. Know the Terms

In the .Net developer industry, there are many terms used to describe the skills and experiences of the developers. When interviewing a candidate, you will want to make sure that they can prove their knowledge of the position by describing the meaning of some key terms. However, the interviewer must keep in mind that not everyone uses the same term to describe the same skill.

If a candidate provides a term that you are not familiar with, make sure to research it later to see if it matches the description you were looking for, or ask the candidate to further explain the meaning. After all, you do not want to reject a qualified candidate simply because they use a different term to describe the skill you were referring to.

  • Check Their Certifications

While certifications do not necessarily mean a candidate is the right fit for your company, oftentimes they can indicate that a candidate is qualified for the position. First, if your company requires a college/university education, you will want to confirm that the candidate did in fact receive a degree and graduate. Next, you should ask if they have any higher education degrees (if they do not, it should not be a deal breaker). Lastly, developers have the opportunity to receive other certifications related to their field such as the Certified Technology Specialist certification offered by Microsoft.

  • Look at Multiple Applications

The best way to come through applications is utilizing you company’s Human Resources or Recruitment team. These teams should have an understanding of the role the candidates are applying to, and can filter out the best applications before passing them along to the hiring manager. The hiring manager then only has to review a few applications and does not have to devote too much time looking through applications.  Once the hiring manager has the best applications in hand, they should look at skills, experience, as well as other relevant information that may indicate how well the candidate will perform and fit in with the company.

  • Thoroughly Interview Candidates

Whether interviews are conducted in person, or via phone or video conference, this should give the hiring manager the best understanding of the candidate’s experience and potential to exceed in their role at the company. It is important to not only confirm the candidate’s skills and experiences in the .NET developer industry, but also to get a sense of how the candidate communicates. If the candidate communicates poorly via phone, video conference, or in person, this could be a warning sign to the hiring manager that they may not be the right fit with the company.

It is important to take your time when hiring a .NET developer candidate. You want to hire someone who is reliable, skilled, and communicates effectively. If you follow the tips above, you should have no issue finding someone who fits well with your company both professionally and culturally.

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