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5 Tips to Hiring the Best IT Developers for Your Business

Every business, no matter how big or small, will eventually have to deal with technology-related issues. Therefore, every business should make sure they have the right technology in place to run their company at peak performance. With thousands of IT developers available out there, it can be difficult to know where to start when looking for the right hire. Here are five tips for hiring the best IT developers for your business.

1) Get referrals

If you’re looking to hire IT developers, don’t just advertise your job online and hope someone applies. Instead, tell everyone you know that you’re hiring, then ask them to spread the word around their professional networks. You may have a more qualified pool of applicants, who can also serve as references during your candidate’s interview process.

Also, consider asking business owners in your community if they would like any work done on their computers or servers; many times these companies will be willing to give you recommendations and referrals in exchange for good work done at an affordable price.

2) Look at their actual portfolio, not just their profile

The most common mistake I see businesses make when hiring an IT developer is that they don’t spend enough time looking at their portfolio. It is extremely important to take a good look at their portfolio and ensure it matches what you need. Also, examine their portfolio and make sure it has been built well on HTML/CSS or Java (depending on if you want them to develop the website back-end or front-end). If it is poorly designed, then chances are they will not be able to do a good job. If they have worked with clients before, check out those clients’ websites as well – speak with them if possible (and ask permission first!) – make sure you can see similar style in both portfolios.

3) Test the developer

Write down what you like about each candidate, but more importantly, write down what you dislike. You may have a different perspective on things when you’re working with someone day in and day out, so make sure that your first impressions are accurate. If a candidate seems great during an interview and then completely falls apart during a trial project, that’s not a good hire. Write down how they were while you had them in-house and then think back to your interview notes.

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4) Take notes throughout the process

People tend to forget just how many details go into a successful hire. There are dozens of intricacies that can cost you time and money. Don’t let your perfect-on-paper candidate fall through because you didn’t thoroughly prepare before having him or her come in for an interview, or worse yet, lose interest after they’ve been on board with your company.

As you’re interviewing candidates, take notes throughout the process so that when it comes time to write up your last formal assessment, it’s easy to remember what impressed you and what may have concerned you about each candidate.

5) Put your most important concerns first

When evaluating potential employees coming from manpower outsourcing companies, it’s important that you have a list of your most important criteria ready. This will make it easier for you to evaluate candidates and give yourself an edge in a highly competitive industry like tech. While every hiring decision comes with risks, addressing your concerns in order can help you sift through any red flags quickly and accurately.

You might want to start by asking yourself questions like: How skilled are they? What’s their experience level? How adaptable are they? How responsive are they? These questions, when answered honestly and thoroughly, will help illuminate what your top criteria should be—and how well each candidate matches up against them.


When you hire IT professionals, you want someone who understands your needs, has a successful track record of successfully completed projects, and is a good cultural fit. Looking for specific experience with certain technology or technologies in general? Ask about it during your interviews.

In addition, ask about common challenges faced by developers and how they solved them—developers should have been through enough problems that they’ll be able to relate well to issues you might encounter down the road. And ask their references if their former clients will speak with you (and then actually follow up). All of these things are important when choosing an outside partner on whom your success depends. 

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