Working with a development team is an important decision for any company. You want to make sure that the team you hire will be able to provide quality work and meet your expectations. There are many things you should consider when hiring a development team, but in this blog post, we will focus on 3 of the most crucial points: experience, communication style, and price.

 

Experience

When you’re looking for a development team, it is crucial that they have experience in your industry. If the developers are not familiar with what you do or how your business operates, then this will make the process take longer and increase the likelihood of errors. A good idea would be to hire multiple teams (if needed) where at least one has plenty of experience working on projects like yours before. It may be worth investing the time to train your new employees for a period before they actively join the development team. Just make sure you hire someone who is going to be around for the long haul!

 

Communication Style

Another thing to consider when hiring a developer is their communication style. You want someone who communicates clearly enough so that there aren’t any misunderstandings about what needs to be done by both parties involved. If you are hiring multiple developers, communication style is even more important. Making sure everyone is on the same page with their development goals and understanding what you need them to accomplish will save a lot of time down the road.

 

Developer cost

Another consideration to keep in mind when hiring a developer is their cost. On average developers can make anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000 depending on experience and location. This will vary greatly for companies looking outside of the United States as development costs are generally much less than what they would pay domestically. Remember that hiring a cheaper developer may end up costing more in the long term if there are quality issues with their work.

 

Quality over quantity

One mistake many companies make when looking to hire their first developer is they immediately go for quantity rather than quality. Rarely will a company be able to find one person who can do everything they need them to in-house at the beginning of development. Instead, it’s better to look for someone with strong programming skills and try out some things that may require more advanced coding knowledge later on once you know exactly what your business actually needs.

 

The Hiring Process

One important thing when hiring developers is exactly how they go through their interviewing process. You don’t want to try cutting corners in order to speed up their process as this will end up causing more issues for you. Carefully plan exactly what you are going to ask during the interview. Involving your current developers in the hiring process can be a great way to ensure that the new developer is a good fit for your team. If you are hiring a technical employee but are not technical yourself, it may be a good idea to bring in someone who is more technical to help you vet through the applicants.

 

Different Types of Projects

Depending on the type of projects a development team has worked on before, they may have different standards and be able to complete your project at those standards or not. Make sure that their previous work falls under what you’re looking for so it doesn’t waste any time during the interview process if they aren’t qualified enough to do the job as well as expected. If this was discussed beforehand with them then it will help narrow down who is going to suit your needs best. Be aware that some developers might try “tricking” potential clients by saying they’ve done something previously even if they haven’t.

 

Be Aware of Your Preferred Development Language

The last thing to consider is the preferred development language of your potential team. While it may be a good idea to find developers who know multiple languages, if you have applications written in Java or C++ then they will need to have some knowledge and experience with those specific programming languages as well as PHP/Ruby/etc. This can narrow down your search for an appropriate developer even further so that there aren’t too many options left over after everything else has been considered. If none of them meet these requirements then continue searching elsewhere until you’ve found one that does!

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for references

If your developer is unwilling to provide references, that could be a bad sign. It may mean there are problems with their work ethic or productivity since they don’t want any of their previous clients knowing about it. At the very least you should ask for some names and contact information so you can reach out over email just to see how everything went after working together.

 

We hope this article has given you a good idea of the benefits and potential pitfalls when choosing your development team. To recap, make sure you’re hiring someone with the right skills for your project and who has experience working on similar projects. Look out for red flags like an unwillingness to provide references or poor communication practices throughout the entire process.

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Tom Holt

Tom is an entrepreneur with a proven track record for starting and running successful companies. He has years of experience in the business world, including co-founding several successful software companies. Tom also provides consulting to other businesses on marketing, business development, and product development.