Publish at May 16 2023 Updated May 16 2023

7 Skills to Look for When Recruiting Remote Developers

What you should look for when appointing remote developers for your project.

The aftermath of the COVID pandemic has resulted in a tremendous shift in the way businesses operate. The IT sector is no exception here and has severely shifted from the more familiar version of 'on-site development' to a newer, much more innovative approach of 'remote development'.

In this approach, businesses can appoint a team of programmers to work remotely on their projects. While new, this approach has gained tremendous popularity in a short time span.

In this blog, we will be discussing the key skills that businesses should look for when recruiting remote developers for their projects. Let's start the blog by understanding the basic differences between remote and on-site development and what makes remote development stand out in the market.

Remote Development: A Growing Trend

Up until now, businesses looking to build a digital product have been commonly hiring in-house development teams to accomplish their objectives. This approach is more commonly known as the in-house development approach and needs the developers to work on the project in an office setting.

However, many businesses that adapted this approach faced various challenges and hurdles during the COVID period and were left with no choice but to move to remote or off-site development. Today, despite having the option for on-site development, businesses are willing to hire remote dedicated developers for their projects.

You must be wondering, 'but, its having an on-site team a better option?'. Well, sure, an on-site team of programmers can be beneficial in terms of constant communication and supervision. However, the remote development approach has been proven over time to provide similar results with uncompromised efficacy. In the upcoming section, we will learn more about the advantages of remote development.

Benefits of Going for Remote Development

As we mentioned earlier, businesses have been practicing on-site development for years. However, with the recent growth in the scope of development outsourcing, remote development is taking over the IT market. Here are a few ways in which remote development outshines on-site development.

  1.   Cost-efficiency

    Developing an IT product through the on-site model can involve numerous overhead expenses, chiefly in the form of infrastructure and employee maintenance costs. Depending on the scope and size of the product you wish to build, these costs can be considerably high, reducing the overall profitability of your project.

    However, by going for remote development, you can seamlessly cut down on these expenses and optimize the overall cost of your project. In a nutshell, remote development eliminates the business's responsibility to provide infrastructure and other facilities to the development team, therefore reducing the project's cost altogether.

  2. Flexible Development

    Developing a digital product requires exquisite flexibility, especially in the case of startups. This includes flexibility in team size and skillsets. However, with on-site development, it is challenging for businesses to impart this level of flexibility in their project.

    Remote development, on the other hand, is known for being one of the most flexible options. Here, you can modify your team on the go and bring new talent into the project as per your changing requirements without harming the efficiency of the development process. What's more? For startups with limited funding, it is easy to scale the team size as per their capital availability.

    This factor is especially critical and makes remote development an excellent option among businesses looking for flexible development.

  3. Wide Talent Pool

    To develop a successful digital product, it is essential that businesses use the best human talent. If you go for on-site development, you can only access the locally available talent pool for your project. This factor places various restrictions on your project and limits the type of talent pool that you have access to.

    However, with remote development, you have access to a global talent pool to choose from for your project. Simply put, you can connect with developers from all across the globe and handpick the finest team for your requirements. This way, you can ensure optimal completion of your project.

  4. Hurdle-free Project Completion

    The sudden onset of the COVID pandemic turned out to be disastrous for many businesses, especially the ones with ongoing projects. This was especially the case with businesses that had stuck to on-site development and were forced to stop their project's development.

    This is just one example of the various hurdles that businesses face on a day-to-day basis with the on-site model. Improper infrastructure (lack of electricity), natural constraints (weather conditions that restrict traveling), and human constraints often act as hurdles in projects and often lead to extended development timelines.

    However, most of these challenges can be avoided by simply adopting the remote development model. This is because, in most cases, the impact of such hurdles is limited to a few employees and not the entire development team. This factor significantly aids development efficiency and ensures time-bound project completion.

  5. Increased Productivity

    Numerous studies conducted during the COVID period indicated that employees showed increased productivity and delivered better results when given the opportunity to work remotely, therefore giving remote development an upper hand over on-site development. Consequently, it is a proven fact that remote programmers tend to yield better results than programmers working with the on-site model.

    This is mainly because of the fact that remote developers can work at flexible timings in an environment that they are comfortable in. Therefore, by opting for remote development, you can benefit from higher productivity and improved working efficiency of the team that you appoint for your project.

  6. Quick Hiring

    Onboarding a remote employee is a comparatively easy and seamless process and requires very less effort. This is because, in remote development, a business can save time that is otherwise utilized in employee orientation, induction, and training if a business goes for on-site development and recruits a complete development team for the project.

    As a result, remote development is the best option for your project if you are looking to immediately kickstart your project.

    These were a few examples in which remote development outshines on-site development. We hope that by now, you are convinced about the benefits of this option. It is essential to note that in order to harness these advantages of remote development, you must appoint the right developer for your project.

    Moving further, we will take a look at certain qualities that you should look out for in a developer before appointing them for your project.

7 Skills to Look for in Remote Developers

While it is an established fact that remote development is a better approach than in-house development in various aspects, it is essential to recruit the most skilled developers to successfully complete the project. Here are seven key skills that you should seek in a remote developer.

  1. Professional Experience

    When appointing a remote development team for your project, you must look for developers that possess adequate experience in working on similar requirements. This way, you will not have to invest additional time in briefing the development team about your niche and can immediately inaugurate your project.

    To enforce this factor, you must check and verify the portfolio of the developer before appointing them for the project. You must thoroughly interview the developer to ensure that you select the most optimal candidate for your project.

  2. Specific Tech Expertise

    Apart from expertise in working with similar niches and industries, it is also important that you recruit a developer that holds adequate expertise in the technologies that you wish to use for your project. Not only that, having familiarity with the technology's libraries, SDKs, IDEs, etc., is also equally important.

    To add to that, you must ensure to appoint a developer that writes neat, understandable, and scalable codes for high-end results. This way, you can make sure that your digital product is optimally developed with exquisite code quality, further ensuring optimal user experience.

  3. Experience in Remote Development

    While technical skills and hands-on experience are an essential part of a developer's skillset, having experience in remote development is equally important, if not more. By recruiting a developer with experience in remote development, you can ensure communication efficiency and hurdle-free development.

    This is because developers that hold experience in remote development are capable of working independently as well as hold proficiency in remotely collaborating with other members of the team.

    On the other hand, developers that lack experience in remote development often need a high level of supervision to achieve the desired results. This requires businesses to either invest additional time in supervising the developers or hire a project manager for the role. Therefore, we recommend you select a candidate with experience in remote development.

  4. Communication Skills

    Clear and transparent communication is the key to ensuring that your IT product is developed efficiently. Therefore, you must appoint a developer that possesses exquisite communication skills and is able to offer flexible communication models for the project.

    One of the most commonly adapted approaches here is working in a common time zone. This factor ensures that the developer is available during certain pre-determined hours for project coordination.

  5. Interpersonal Skills

    It is commonly known that creating a digital product is not a single person's job and requires out-and-out collaboration between various other team members. A developer usually has to coordinate with UI/UX designers, QA engineers, and project managers to thoroughly understand the project.

    Therefore, you must appoint a developer that holds world-class interpersonal skills for efficient coordination and timely project completion.

  6. Time Management

    Time to market is an essential factor for businesses looking to develop a digital product. Simply put, this is the time that a digital product takes to be developed from the start to the very end of the SDLC.

    To ensure the time-bound delivery of your project, it is essential that you recruit a developer that possesses remarkable time management skills. However, it is also important to note that while focusing on time management, the developer must also ensure optimal quality of the codebase.

  7. Project Management

    There are various project management approaches, methodologies, and strategies that developers use to work on your project. Some of the most common approaches among all are agile methodology, Scrum framework, and waterfall methodology.

    These approaches revolve around streamlining developers' expertise and skills with the project's requirements and ensuring optimal results within a limited time frame.

    You must ensure that the developer you are recruiting for your project is capable of working with these methodologies and techniques. This will ensure that your project is developed with the highest efficiency and quality.

These are just a few qualities that you should look for in a developer before appointing them for your project. Now that you know the type of developer that you must appoint, the next question you would have is, 'how to recruit a remote developer?', right?

We have you covered on this. The upcoming section will provide you with different approaches through which you can recruit remote developers for your project.

Bonus Information: How to Recruit Remote Developers?

There are two ways through which you can appoint remote developers for your project, which are, building your own team of remote developers and outsourcing remote development to an IT company. Let's understand both of these approaches in detail.

  1. Build Your Own Team

    Here, you have to build a team of freelance remote developers that you yourself will have to manage. Alternatively, you can also hire a project manager to supervise and manage the team on your behalf.

    You can use popular freelancer recruiting platforms like Freelancer and Upwork to look for remote developers from across the globe and appoint them for your project. However, the freelance approach is infamous for reduced efficiency and quality. It is because of this factor that a majority of businesses prefer outsourcing development to an agency, which is the second approach.

  2. Outsource Through an Agency

    Here, you have to appoint a development outsourcing agency and share your requirements with the team. Most agencies offer the option for remote development, where you can build your own team of developers to work on the project.

    Moreover, you can also deploy the team to work in your office premises with the on-site model for improved communication efficiency and project coordination. This factor makes outsourcing an optimal approach for businesses looking to recruit remote developers for their projects.

Final Thoughts

Remote development is an excellent approach to building a digital product at present. By following this approach, you can easily impart high-end cost efficiency, exquisite flexibility, a wide talent pool, hurdle-free project completion, and fast hiring.

You can use the skills mentioned in this blog as a checklist when screening and recruiting remote developers for your project and easily determine whether the candidate meets the required criteria. This way, you'll be able to appoint the most skilled and capable remote developers and harness the maximum benefits of remote development.

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