In the world of technology it’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing pace of development. That’s why as employers, it’s important to recruit top developers with advanced technical skills and can continuously make a positive impact within your organisation.
However, due to specific technologies being valuable for different sectors, hiring managers now need to be kept abreast of the in-demand skills available in the market. For instance, there is consistent demand for .NET, yet the fastest growing technologies are Angular JS, Java and Python.
So how do you evaluate their technical skill-set?
1. What examples they have presented in their CV?
Have they listed specific frameworks? Links should be provided via their GitHub profile where they show examples of their code. It’s a great idea to have a sense of what you’re expecting to see here before your search, and you can always ask workers with a similar skillset for their thoughts on ‘desirables’.
2. Is their skill-set current?
It’s great that developers are aware of on-going trends within the industry, but it’s their ability to adapt and learn which makes them stand out from other candidates.
3. Can they demonstrate continuous development?
How are they are keeping up with the rapid pace of technology? There are now multiple ways in which developers can expand their knowledge using tools such as:
- Coding Campus
Look for evidence of these in how they present themselves or you risk taking on someone who’s happy to stagnate.
4. The importance of trends
There is now a rise in demand for new and complimentary tools such as ReachJS library, the Docker container and Google’s Go language, which was named 2016’s programme language of the year. Candidates who successfully identify the major surges in the industry will allow you to pipeline the best developers for your business.
5. It’s not just about the latest technologies
As the tech industry evolves, employers now want to recruit developers with so much more than knowledge of one coding language. Top candidates should be empowered to keep up with the latest in-demand trends and stay ahead of the competition.
6. Hard vs. soft skills
Finding developers who are able to write apps is a valuable skill-set, however you also need to think about whether they can get this deployed on time. There is a real requirement for the DevOps skills to make deployment processes more efficient, on-time and reliable.
Companies are keen to employ individuals that can provide a holistic knowledge of business best practices to meet deadlines. Being able to ‘just code’ isn’t enough anymore, top developers now need to integrate their hard and soft skills to achieve business goals.
To find out more, or to discuss your recruitment needs in this field, please contact your local consultant.