A company’s website needs are among the major requirements to brand building. Therefore, hiring a web developer who is good at what he does is paramount to ensuring your business success.

What are your business needs regarding hiring a developer? Do you need a full-time person or part-time? If your business is purely online, then you may need a full-time person. However, if you are not majorly online and your staff is equipped with site maintenance, you may just need a part-time person.

Hiring a web developer could be one of the most critical hires in your company. Getting the wrong person for the job could be detrimental to your business.

How do you hire a web developer?

1.    The Job Description

Before even starting the process of vetting people, have a job description. Have a summary of the qualifications you need the developer to have.

First, with the online world changing every so often, you need somebody who is market-savvy, somebody who knows the current market trend and how to use that to your advantage.  Get somebody who understands SEO well and keyword search.

For technical skills, they depend on your requirements. Some of the skills people look for are:

  • CSS
  • HTML
  • PHP especially if you use WordPress
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript

2.    Working out the Compensation

Is your business a startup? How much work do you need to be done? Is it part-time or full-time? All these questions should help you get a figure and budget for it.

Startups have the potential for success or failure. If you are a startup, you know that having a good credit history gives you a chance to get loans which you can be able to pay the site developer with. However, you may be fresh from school and have no credit history. Look at these pointers from Crediful.com and see how you can build your credit from scratch.  

Depending on how skilled you want the developer to be, you can now know how much you are willing to pay for the services. Several online sites can help you see how much web developers are paid and decide on how much to spend.

3.    Don’t Look at Experience Only

As an employer who wants to give everybody equal chances during the hiring process, you need to provide them with space to show and demonstrate their skills.

First, you need somebody with adequate experience and who can perform the set tasks according to your job description.

Employers will find themselves hiring and firing people because they initially thought they were a perfect fit but months later realize they are not what they were looking for. During the interview process, try getting to understand an interviewee’s personality and see if it is in line with your company.

Lay down the company’s objectives and see if they can relate. Experience is not what you should be looking at only, get to see if the developer is the right fit for the company.

When starting out, you need people who are risk takers, are driven and are bringing value to the table. Can they meet deadlines?

During the interview, be open about your business situation. If the business is a startup and can’t afford to pay much, state that so that when you finally settle on somebody, they’ll be willing to grow with you.

4.    Attracting the Right Person for the Job

Hiring sometimes can be a lengthy process, and you may end up hiring the wrong person. Where do you advertise the job vacancy? As much as listing the job at Craigslist, it could be more effective on LinkedIn as you can easily see the past experience of applicants.

Referrals are also a great asset as you are more likely to get somebody who can deliver results. Contact other business friends you have that are in the same niche as you are and you never know, you could land a great person.

Don’t pay peanuts and expect to get a qualified person who will do everything you need to be done. Pay a considerable amount, and you’ll get a perfect fit for the job.

5.    Try with a small project first before full onboarding

Sometimes, it pays to get to see somebody’s style before entirely hiring them long term.  How about giving your desired developer a short task to see if they can deliver?

As the employer, you can see how he performs on the job and make the final hiring decision. Some people may seem competent, but once they get down to work, they may not deliver what you expected.

You get to see their creativity and how they approach certain problems.

Getting somebody for the job can be a lengthy process. However, knowing how to go about it makes it easier.  Once you hire the best person, you can be sure they will contribute to the growth of the business.