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04 July 2022
7 min to read

Top Tips for Hiring a Software Developer at a Startup

Ildar Kulmuhametov
CEO and Founder at Yojji | Web and Mobile Development

Creating a product from scratch is a complex and costly endeavor. As Margaret Heffernan once said, “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” So, even a brilliant idea won’t work out without a dream team. However, it’s time-consuming and complicated to find the right developers because you should consider their technical background, soft skills, budget, etc. Yojji is here to help you.

We have skillful software engineers on board to whom you can outsource your tasks and who will handle any challenge you may have.

In this article, we will share tips on how to turn your great idea into a successful and competitive digital product by hiring an experienced specialist.

Benefits of Hiring an Offshore Software Developer

Do you want to outsource software development? It’s a great idea. Here are the reasons why.

  • Profitable business solution

Profitable business solution

The main point of outsourcing is that you pay less for similar services. You can find excellent specialists in Ukraine who offer excellent quality at a competitive cost. Therefore, a startup can save a lot of money. Yojji can take over the development of your startup and create a first-class product in the shortest possible time.

  • Talent pool

Sometimes a startup faces a shortage of qualified staff, so you can hire a top-notch specialist from a country that offers some of the largest IT hubs. According to statistics, over 192,000 IT professionals and 1,600+ IT companies are located in Ukraine. Cooperating with developers from Ukraine, you can be 100% sure of the quality of work.

  • Fast product launch

If you distribute your time and workload correctly, you will have the necessary amount of time to work on strategic product development and marketing, while the technical part of the project will be handled by a third party.

  • ​​High quality of the finished product

One of the undeniable advantages of cooperating with a reliable team is their experience in launching startups and professionalism in terms of hard skills and soft skills. When you work with a reliable company like Yojji, you can be sure of the quality of the final product.

Top Tips for Hiring a Software Developer at a Startup

Growing a startup team can be a challenging task, so we’ve decided to share actionable tips on how to hire a software developer and make sure your team members are on the same page.

  • Don’t try to find a perfect match

    Look objectively at your candidate profile because finding a 100% match can take a long time or end in failure. Determine key developer skills and focus on them when searching for a candidate.

  • Make sure your goals and values align

    Even someone with solid experience and knowledge of the latest technology may not be a good fit if they don’t share your vision and company philosophy. In addition, be sure to analyze the motivators of the developer and the motivators of the company. Here's an example.

Candidate company fit

  • Make sure that employees are united by one goal

    Your existing team and the new member should share the same values and philosophy. They must be on the same page and work in a positive atmosphere.

  • Create conditions for employee growth

    If you want to build a successful team that works quickly and efficiently, you must offer certain benefits and create conditions for personal and professional development.

    Offer courses to improve your employees’ hard skills, hold master classes with the top experts in their field, practice sharing experiences, and set challenging and interesting tasks to stimulate software engineers’ professional growth. At the same time, don’t overlook that professional development, like personal development, is centered around soft skills. Foster great interpersonal skills (teamwork, listening, and ability to handle conflicts) and emotional intelligence. These core skills will keep your team thriving.

  • Highlight your competitive advantages

    Finding a candidate is a complicated process, and it depends on both parties. Remember that sometimes the candidate may not meet your expectations, and sometimes the applicant may reject your offer of cooperation.

    To be a go-to option, highlight the main advantages that set you apart from your competitors. These could be various research and innovations, a team of super-professionals with whom the candidate will grow, a unique product (this is critical for startups), patented technologies, excellent company flexibility in dynamic market conditions, and generous bonuses for employees.

  • Show the candidate that you appreciate him

    Never rule out the importance of taking care of a candidate, especially if you are sure you want him or her to join your team. Remember that it is important for the professional to feel valued. Show loyalty by listening to the potential employee’s requests, remarks, and comments. This way, you will let him know that you see him as a true professional.

  • Stick to a successful hiring strategy

    A hiring strategy is crucial because it allows you to find the right person in a short time. Here are some tips on how to build a successful hiring strategy.

    • Create a candidate profile. Be sure to specify the candidate’s professional and personal qualities, as well as the key competencies (problem-solving skills, communication skills, collaboration) that he or she should possess.

    • Study the major trends in the market as well as possible hiring challenges. Thus, you can focus on the key points and avoid feasible pitfalls.

    • Set a realistic budget based on your analysis.

    • Research various locations where you can find people with the right technical talent within your budget.

    • Create an effective hiring funnel, and optimize it as well. A hiring funnel represents the hiring process in the form of the series of stages through which your candidates pass as the employment progresses.

Basic hiring funnel

  • Get ready to train a new developer

    Remember that a true professional always accepts constructive criticism and appreciates feedback. Be prepared to teach the developer something new to create a first-class product that meets your requirements. The desire and willingness to learn and self-improve will make a developer a long-term asset to your company.

  • Choose a reliable recruitment agency

    If you don’t have enough experience or enough time, you can turn to professionals. Cooperating with a reliable recruiting agency will save your startup time and money.

    We recommend partnering with organizations that share your values and can best convey all of the necessary information to candidates, as well as verify that they meet your requirements. Alternatively, you may contact Yojji directly with your questions.

Bottom Line

So, finding the right team member for your startup is a complex and multi-component process. The most important thing is to define the profile of the candidate and outline clear requirements. Besides, don’t try to find the perfect employee, it is better to work with someone who fits your main requirements and can learn, as well as to create a favorable environment for the employee to work in the team. If you’re looking for an expert who is willing to meet all the challenges of your business, Yojji can offer top-notch software developers. To learn more about our team’s qualifications and rates, you can contact us.

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