Hiring an in-house developer, a freelancer, or a developer from an agency all have a lot in common, which is surprising. Although this article focuses on hiring, gathering a solid dose of needed data from the start will come in handy in various situations.
We’ll show you how to define your future developer, spot them in the crowd, and create a process around it. The result will be the exact gem you required, empowering your team.
Let’s go there together.
Define your hero and find a way to set them apart from the crowd.
Let’s begin by compiling a list of technical skills your future React Native developer will require to effectively augment your team and meet project requirements.
Make a list of the technologies they should be familiar with. Keep in mind to draw a line between the necessary skills and those you are willing to give up if the candidate is promising.
Frontend, backend, full-stack?
Junior, mid, or senior?
Examine the experience in terms of time and the productivity of your team. Hiring a junior will be more expedient, but they will require a mentor from your team. Hiring a senior takes more time and effort, but they can bring knowledge to your team and quickly take ownership.
Let’s take a closer look at the various levels of seniority.
Junior React Native developers should have the following technical skills.
Because juniors frequently lack work experience, you may want to look for someone who has created their portfolio to practice their skills. That’s a promising sign!
A junior React Native developer may be easy to find and hire, but keep in mind that he will need a mentor in a team setting.
Don’t hire them if you don’t have someone to support juniors.
Tech skills for mid-React Native developers
Mid-level React Native developers can work without supervision. They typically have a few years of experience and have worked on a few projects.
Mid-level React Native developers should be able to debug code, optimize performance, and integrate the app with external services, among other things.
Tech skills for senior React Native developers
A senior can manage a team flow, lead a team, and design the architecture. If your team lacks React Native experience, a senior can assist and serve as a mentor.
Senior Reactions Native developers are extremely difficult to find. If you require someone with those skills, you may want to consider team augmentation – developers from a different company can serve as mentors, share knowledge, and even help you improve your processes.
How to check tech knowledge?
Prepare a test task for newer members. It should be tricky, such as using libraries that the candidate is unfamiliar with. You want to assess their level of involvement and their way of thinking.
On a higher level, you can prepare a technical test or use a tech assessing platform such as KillerCoder to pose a few difficult questions to your candidates during the interview.
Many recruiters believe that soft skills are more important than technical skills because they are more difficult to learn.
Some soft skills are similar to personality traits, such as open-mindedness or helpfulness. Others, such as communication skills, can be learned. Consider the necessary skills that cannot be skipped and those you are willing to forego to teach them later.
Soft skills vary according to seniority level as well. Senior React Native developers should have prior team leadership experience, excellent communication skills, problem and conflict resolution abilities, and time management skills.
Establish your list
According to Debbie Foley, the head of global marketing for employer brand and talent attraction at Shell (which places a high value on soft skills), the first step is to know what soft skills you’re looking for. “Do you require people who can form relationships?” Can you persuade people? Create new teams? How do you handle conflict? This will vary depending on the business’s objectives, so being clear on the ideal behaviors of a candidate is critical.”
Analyze your requirements and make a list. To name a few characteristics that may appear there:
- Communication skills
- Workplace organization
- eagerness to learn
- Fluency in English
How to check soft skills?
Interviews are crucial in assessing soft skills. Numerous techniques are available, such as behavioral questions, situational questions, and reading body language.
Request that the candidate solves a problem using their hard skills. Change the constraints and conditions to see how the candidate responds to change.
Work with the candidate to observe the soft skills in action.
Business knowledge is one of the skills that developers, particularly seniors, should have. However, it is frequently a nice-to-have.
Understanding how products relate to business goals and making decisions based on business vision is a useful skill that sets a developer apart. Still, it’s not very common, and it’s more common among consultants.
It is, however, a good idea to begin familiarizing your development team with business and operational aspects. In the long run, it will break down the barriers between business and technology in your company, allowing you to make better decisions.
Urge to learn and grow
Many employers wish to hire an experienced, knowledgeable, and charismatic developer – a “rockstar.” However, assembling a good rockstar team is extremely difficult. Players are frequently bad teammates. They are extremely good consultants but not so well at teams.
Putting together a group of like-minded people with similar values is the first step toward frictionless cooperation and satisfaction. Communication becomes more fluid, and teamwork becomes more efficient when a cultural fit occurs.
Establish your values
If you don’t have your company values written down, do so before beginning any hiring process. They will be your guiding lights.
Describe your ideal fit
Consider your company’s culture. Who are the people who share it? Make a list of character traits.
As an example:
- Eager to learn and grow
- Not averse to accepting responsibility
- Excellent teammate
- Prepare questions and tasks to evaluate cultural fit.
Then, plan out the appropriate questions to ask during the interview.
As an example:
Describe a work environment where you would be disappointed.
What characteristics typify the best leaders?
You mentioned that you enjoy learning new things at work. What exactly do you mean?
What have you recently learned at work?
You can also ask the team to help.
Inviting a team member for the culture and team fit-checking interview will be extremely beneficial. Following the conversation, your employee’s perspective will be useful. In addition, look for an instant connection between them. That’s always a positive sign.
- Prepare a process
- Build a hiring funnel
- A hiring funnel is a tool for organizing the steps required to weed out the best candidates from the crowd.
- This is how it looks to us:
- Screening of candidates (job postings, outreach via social media or LinkedIn, brand awareness/marketing)
- The task for testing (sending a task/small app to complete)
- Providing detailed feedback
- Interview (also known as the Team-Fit Test for determining team/culture fit)
Let’s take a look at the details of each phase.
1. Candidate screening
Begin filling the pipeline with qualified candidates. Look for people who appear to fit the profile you created earlier. Place job postings in appropriate locations.
2. Test task
The test task is intended to validate technical skills and a person’s way of thinking and engagement. Request that candidates use a tool with which they are unfamiliar. It will assist you in determining whether they can come up with creative solutions.
3. Technical test
4. Giving specific feedback
Provide feedback on the test task and the technical test. It’s a good idea to send resources that can help them improve their weakest points.
5. Conduct an interview
You can still ask tech-related questions during the interview, but this is a great time to assess soft skills, cultural fit, and team fit. Prepare questions that will elicit information about the candidate’s values, goals, and attitude. Bring a team member to the interview to better get to know the candidate and assess team fit.
Notify the candidate of your decision. Discuss openly what they need to improve on and the good news, and go over the terms in greater detail.