How to Hire a Mobile App Programmer

What should you do to hire technical professionals without technical expertise? Do you fear making blunders? Well, we understand that you are not a professional headhunter, but there are times (especially when you are a startup) that you need to do this hiring task all by yourself. You have options like hiring an agency that would do the job for you, but why invest (when you have a limited budget) in it when you can manage? Yes, you just need to brush up yourself with some basic coding knowledge and prepare some to-the-point questions to help you in hiring programmers for your project.

In this blog, we will make you ready and feel confident about hiring mobile application programmers. We will answer all the tricky questions related to the subject, “how to hire mobile app programmers?”.

The first step to hiring an app developer that will address your need is to,

Define your needs:

An application is an outcome of multiple efforts collaboratively put behind by the entrepreneur, designer, quality tester, marketing manager, developer, and product manager.

So, before jumping on the bandwagon, figure out what exactly you need. This includes your competitors’ study, market analysis, available technologies, and platforms for development.

You should not make a random selection of people and fire them when you do not need them. You should have a clear understanding of why you want to bring a person on board and what would be his/her key responsibilities in the journey.

What technical skills should s/he possess? Which programming languages should the programmer know (Swift, Objective C, Kotlin, Java, HTML, CSS, Javascript)? Why do you want to go for a particular technology and platform? How will you benefit from your selection of platforms etc...

Preparation is the key. Figuring out the requirements mentioned above will assist you in searching for the best programmer from the stack.

How do you want to hire programmers? Freelance or in-house programmers?

Your project has your heart, and you should not risk it by hiring the wrong candidate. Freelance programmers are suitable for small projects, and in-house programmers are best for large enterprise-level projects.

However, the selection of any of the options depends on the project budget you have in place. The cost to hire a mobile programmer to work in-house is going to be quite high as compared to the freelancer. But, there are risks involved with hiring freelancers. Unlike your own team, they wouldn’t be available for you 24*7. Additionally, if you hire programmers from different time zones, there are chances of facing communication troubles at later stages. And this gap might lead to project discrepancies. I am sure that’s the worst nightmare ever!

You can find freelancers on platforms like UpWork, Freelancer, Youteam, Toptal, Fiverr, etc.

You can also hire mobile app developers who can work in-house for you on platforms such as LinkedIn, hire an HR recruitment agency, or outsource it to a brilliant mobile app development company. This company should have a sound mobile app development process in place which includes, a lean canvas, wireframing, prototype development, and more.

If Required, Ask for help:

It might happen that you still have questions about hiring an individual for your project. In that case, you should seek help from friends who are already in the industry and know its ins and outs.

You may consult an agency, who can help you shortlist some right-fit for your project.

Advertise what you want:

Unless you let people know that you have a requirement, you won’t get enough applicants for the position. You should post your job requirements on platforms like Instagram or LinkedIn. Design it in a way that describes the job role specifically, challenges involved, your expectations, technical skills required, etc.

cost to hire a mobile programmer

Now that you know what you should be looking for let’s now understand the steps before you hire a programmer.

How to find the right candidate? How will you know if s/he is the best fit for your position? What qualities should you check to hire a mobile programmer of your choice? What questions should you ask to hire a mobile app programmer?

All these queries would be solved as soon as you read the blog further.

1. Ask the candidate if they are excited about solving a challenge:

Mobile app development is not a cakewalk and more than you know about it, developers have been there, done that. Shoot them with various questions and check their excitement. Put them in a situation and ask them to find a solution. If the candidate willingly gives the right solution, s/he should be considered for hire.

You can also ask them the most challenging problem they have ever solved and the way they overcame it. There are issues with the database, performance, security, and storage that a developer usually faces. But, how did they solve it without disturbing the app is what describes their excitement towards the project.

2. Give them a real-time problem:

This one is just an extension of the above. Give the person a hypothetical application or even your project idea and ask them their take on it. Let them share their view on features, functionality, servers, database, performance, etc.

Allow them to answer about how they can build an MVP and what functionalities are required to launch it.

If you find their answers technically sound and confident, you can consider the candidate.

Along with these, ask the candidate to explain a technical situation in simple words. Can they explain a code to a non-technical person? Do they have great communication skills? A programmer often has to deal with clients who may or may not be technical experts. During such a situation, how they deliver the requirements is important.

3. Hit them the task of coding on the spot:

A technical professional would never hesitate to take over coding tasks during interviews. They should feel comfortable when you ask them to write down a short piece of code in a limited amount of time. Simplest yet tricky way: ask them if they can produce a Fibonacci series.

Once they are done with the task, you should check for the code quality and bugs. If all these things fall in place and the code runs perfectly fine, you have almost got your right mobile app programmer for your project.

Making it happen:

So yeah, there you are, with your shortlisted candidate list. You might not hire the coding genius, but you are definitely going to hire the right mobile programmer with the steps mentioned above. Well, gradually, you can make that right candidate a coding genius, don’t you believe in yourself?

Kody Technolab follows exactly the same ideology while hiring any programmer. This is why hiring programmers at Kody Technolab should be your best decision ever. All the best with your selection!

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Manav Patel