When it comes to recruiting a developer, their CV should provide most of the information you need to understand their profile. Evaluating a developer’s skills can be a little more challenging.

So we've pulled together our 3 top tips to help you evaluate the resume of a developer from a technical perspective:

 

  • Language skills

When you want to determine whether a developer is experienced in a specific programming language, it helps to understand the length of time they’ve worked with it.

Modern programming languages are highly sophisticated and require years of practice to master. Yet it's easy to find profiles that claim to possess extensive understanding of a language or tool with only a year's experience. These profiles should not necesarily be discounted immediately, but it's worth taking the time to understand an applicant's education level, work experience and any side projects that might have given them additional experience.

Remember that it's their fundamental technical acumen, problem-solving ability and creative thinking skills that can help you evaluate their profile.

Essentially, you're looking for information that will tell you what the developers have done with their specific programming skills and how they're able to put them into practice.

For example, if someone lists five years of Java experience on their resume, but their crowning achievement is not more than a CD collection application, it's an indication that they do not have practical experience using the language. This may well be enough of a clue to drop the profile then and there.

 

  • Coding experience irrespective of industry background

What you are looking for in a potential developer is coding expertise. It doesn't matter whether they have experience working in your industry. You may be looking exclusively for a developer with experience in your niche, but in doing so don't forget that the primary goal is finding developers who can write quality code.

It's not just the quantity of experience that matters but also the quality, so compare both. Is there a balance? 

Ultimately, it's a developer’s skill set that matters. So when it comes to evaluating their profile, it  helps to focus on their skills and potential to learn rather than simply their industrial background. If the candidate boasts expert skills, it shouldn’t be too difficult for them to transition to your industry. Keep an eye out for blog posts, a portfolio URL, or links to any products they may have designed or contributed to.

 

  • Certifications

Look for industry-standard programming certifications, as they indicate a developer's level of knowledge in a specific program. There are many certification programs that require regular recertification so that the developer stays up to date with the latest technical changes and industry trends.

While reviewing candidate profiles, you may want to determine how they have spent their coding years. Did they embrace leadership roles? Are they flexible enough to learn and unlearn a few things and dive into new technologies? A thorough evaluation of a developer’s skill set may take time, but it is well worth the effort to thoroughly examine and assess each profile before shortlisting the candidate for an interview.

 

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