November 16,20
updated 16/11/20
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Hiring Remote Software Developers: 6 Tips for Your Business
Mickael Cassy
CTO, Co-founder

In 2020, amid COVID-19 and social distancing measures, hiring remote workers is becoming more and more beneficial. Remote workers, including remote software developers, enjoy a flexible work schedule, bring diversity to a company?s work environment, and keep your costs down. Multiple business platforms like LinkedIn have given us an opportunity to find highly skilled developers and immediately get in contact with them.

How can hiring remote software engineers be beneficial for your business? First of all, by stepping out of your primary hiring zone, you get access to a broader pool of talents. It is especially relevant for smaller cities where there aren?t a lot of specialists; thus, it?s more difficult to find qualified in-house developers. A remote team can be comprised of developers from all over the world so that you could find a perfect fit for your specific needs.
Second, you can save a substantial amount of money on office space, supplies, computers, coffee, and other workplace necessities. Instead, you can pay your employees more and thus create an enticing benefit for them.

Third, you can take advantage of time zones. Hire remote developers in the Western Hemisphere and freelance workers in the Eastern Hemisphere, and you will have 24-hour coverage of your IT-processes. When employees on the West Coast are going to bed, developers in Sydney are only starting their workday.

Finally, research shows that people can be productive in various parts of the day: some work their best in the morning, others at night. By allowing your workers to be flexible and choose their own pace and schedule, you give them freedom and an opportunity to have a better work-life balance. All in all, it increases their productivity and quality of life

How to Decide If a Remote Team Is Right for You
Despite the numerous benefits, remote teams hiring is not for every company. However, every business can outsource some work like training, meetings, workshops, etc. Consider all the advantages of hiring remote developers and look at the following figures:
82% of US businesses have found remote work as a great tool to improve work-life balance;
78% of the managerial staff claim that home office is an effective way to increase employee retention;
54% of office workers admitted that they would leave their current job if offered another one with more flexibility.
Below are the things to consider before committing to going remote:
01. Look at your business operations and determine whether you are already working remotely.
When your employee calls in sick because of their children, do they work from home? Or maybe some of your workers continue their projects while having a coffee break at a bakery nearby? Finally, do your workers check their emails even from home? If you answered positively at least one of these questions, your business has already started the process of shifting.
02. Figure out the best remote working option for your company.
Which employees can work from home? How often? Can they do 100% of work from home, or should they be at the office at least once a week? Which tools will you need to make remote work possible? Tools like Trello or Jira for project management, a decent web camera for virtual meetings, and screen share software should be made available for each remote employee. Slack is also extremely handy to keep up with multiple asynchronous conversations.
03. If you are still uncertain, do a trial run.
Organize the process, get all the necessary tools, prepare your workers for this experiment, and do a trial run for three months. Afterward, collect feedback from your employees, do a small analysis of what could be improved, and make a final decision.
Where to Find Remote Software Developers
Before looking for remote developers for hire, communicate with your development team to establish what set of skills you should be looking for. Can one person cover all of it, or do you need several workers? What should their time zone be, or rather when should they be available? Before you start headhunting, you need to have a clear understanding of what you are looking for in the candidate.
There are several ways of going about looking for remote software developers for hire. Although you might think that HR should worry about the hiring process, your entire structure will need innovations since it is a novel approach.
Referrals
The easiest first step would be to ask your friends, colleagues, and former employees for referrals. Many freelancers work short-term and get hired for one or two particular projects. It is a perfect time to catch them when they are in between jobs and offer them a new exciting opportunity at your company.
Pros
This approach does not require any financial investment and is easy to implement.
Cons
It is not the most effective way to find developers since you will be limiting yourself to a small pool of potential candidates.
IT conferences
Attending tech conferences has numerous benefits for IT business owners. This is where you learn the latest trends, get inspired by the newest technology, meet the most experienced developers, and network to develop relationships with people and companies you may do business with in the future. IT conferences are the best platforms to exchange your ideas and hire remote software developers.
Nowadays, due to social distancing measures and travel restrictions, many IT conferences are hosted online, which makes attendance much easier and more accessible. Meet the best system architects at AWS re:Invent, the most prominent AR/VR specialists at Augmented World Expo (AWE), high-profile blockchain developers at 7th Annual IoT, AI & Blockchain Summit 2020, and reputable software developers at EclipseCon.
Due to the rapidly rising demand for remote workers, some conferences cover the benefits and the main steps of migration to an online office. Attending tech conferences will help you answer all your remaining questions and exchange experiences with other businesses.
Pros
While attending IT conferences, you will find potential developers and learn the latest trends in the IT field.
Cons
Most tech conferences are quite expensive and don’t guarantee a solid chance of hiring a specialist.
Freelance platforms and job portals
It was probably your first impulse to look for potential candidates for a software development team with remote developers on the Internet. Luckily, software engineers are known to have a great understanding of the Internet, including social media channels.
Toptal
Toptal is a platform designed explicitly for hiring software developers. Although it has expanded to other professions, its focus remains on IT-related jobs. It is well known for its thorough and demanding screening process, which makes its pool a very exclusive group of high professionals. The company claims that only 3% of the applicants successfully pass the technical tests. This platform is a great source of senior developers and other executives.
Upwork
Upwork is an online portal for freelancers. Upwork does include many online professions and levels of expertise. It means you can find Junior and Middle developers as well as interns and young specialists there to grow at your company. Unfortunately, due to the lack of screening process, you will have a hard time finding a good experienced professional and waste a lot of time on numerous interviews.
GitHub Jobs
Every developer knows and uses GitHub since it’s the biggest provider of open-source repositories for coders. Instead of listing your position on all-round services like Indeed or Glassdoor, try GitHub Jobs. This way, you will acquire access to the largest online programmer community.
Hired
Hired is another established online freelance portal with a custom matching algorithm. You can identify the exact set of skills, years of expertise, location, and specific roles you are looking for in a candidate. You can handpick the skills your project requires and hire a remote development team.
Pros
Online platforms are accessible for everyone and provide you with a large pool of candidates.
Cons
You will be blindly looking for programmers and spend tons of time shortlisting the best candidates.
IT staffing companies
Regardless of the approach you take, the hiring process consists of selecting candidates, conducting interviews and technical tests, preparing documents, etc. It may take up much of your precious time that could be devoted to solving essential business tasks. An IT staffing company will relieve you of this burden to the hiring process fast and seamless for your company. All you need to hire a remote team of developers is to list the set of skills your project requires and communicate it to the company.
Remotal is an IT staffing company with access to a huge pool of talents. Being a specialist in web and mobile development ourselves, we know first-hand how to hire a remote developer. While you concentrate on business functionalities and innovations, we handle the entire hiring flow, from locating and pre-selecting candidates to finalizing contracts. Being a team of IT professionals, we also carry the responsibility of conducting technical tests and assessing the candidate’s expertise. In the end, you get a team of the best specialists.
Pros
An IT staffing team will take upon the whole process of hiring remote professionals and guarantee high quality.
Cons
You will have to pay a fee for their services.
Hiring Remote Software Developers Options
There is a common misconception that outsourcing and outstaffing are virtually the same things. Although they have similarities, they do have an important distinction. Outstaffing means extending your team of professionals by contracting workers from another company for a specific task or project. Outsourcing, on the other hand, is delegating your entire project to another individual or team.
The main difference lies in managing the team:
Outsourcing implies that a project manager outside your company will manage and control the entire scope. In contrast, outstaffing means that clients will handle the whole operations and have the team at their disposal.
On-demand outstaff specialists
This approach is perfect for your business if your goal is to delegate only a part of the development process. For example, you lack a front-end developer to accelerate your project or a solution architect to design the architecture. Another reason to choose this option is its affordability compared to outsourcing and preserving full control of the project.
Remotal has a wide range of experienced engineers and IT managers to help you with specific tasks. We will provide you with motivated candidates matching the job requirements and willing to be involved in your project. Each of the engineers and managers we provide is highly skilled, has an extensive portfolio of successful projects, and a set of competencies and soft skills that suit your business model.
Dedicated remote teams
Outsourcing is a way to go for a company that wants to delegate an entire project, for example, an application development. This option does come with a higher cost; however, it does not require your engagement in the development process. You do not need to have any technical skills and can fully rely on the mediator — a project manager. The project manager’s role is to control and monitor the team’s performance and provide extensive continuous feedback to the client.
Remotal is a software development company that will construct a dedicated team to meet your requirements. We will select the best developers and project managers to execute your project with a client-oriented mindset and deliver the product in time and within the budget.
Job interview
How to Hire the Perfect Candidates
How do you find the perfect candidates for your projects? Here is a step-by-step guide that will answer all your questions regarding the hiring process.
Set goals and clear requirements
The very first step is defining the goals of your project and the set of required skills. For each team member, describe the requirements and expectations to launch the project successfully.
If you are not qualified enough to list the skills needed to develop your website or application, consider referring to professionals at this step. A team of experts will help you finalize the list of requirements and walk you through the pitfalls of hiring remote workers. From a technical and managerial perspective, a team of professionals will help you build a development team with the exact set of skills to execute your project.
Pay attention to soft skills
Regardless of the profession, candidates are required to have good communication skills. The development process implies continuous communication and teamwork, which means that you should look for a candidate who demonstrates these skills. Additionally, a developer’s crucial trait nowadays is English proficiency, especially if you form an international team.
Interview
Prepare for the interview by constituting a list of questions that will help you assess the programmer’s skills, former roles, responsibilities, and soft skills.
01. Firstly, establish if the candidate is suitable for your project.
Are you ready to work remotely? What is your time zone, and when do you feel most comfortable to work?
02. Learn about the candidate’s problem-solving approach.
What was the most challenging software development problem you have encountered, and how did you solve it?
03. Find out whether the candidate has good communication and team player skills.
Tell us about a situation where a team member was struggling, and you proactively reached out to help.
04. Ask the candidate about their overall interest in the profession and figure out the ability and willingness to learn.
Do you contribute to open source projects or listen to tech podcasts? Maybe you have a tech blog where you share your experiences or have a fun side project?
Technical screening
At Remotal, candidates will be thoroughly interviewed by professionals: first by our HR director who has extensive experience in developer recruitment, and second by the CTO, who brings the technical expertise to the table.
For a technical position, a tech screening is essential. Organize a short technical task that correlates with the job position and future roles and responsibilities. Keep it short, as the best candidates will not want to spend their whole weekend on your test.
Final interview
If the candidate has successfully passed each step of the process, it is time to conduct the final interview. Here is the list of questions that will help you rule out unfitting applicants:
Do you have any concerns about working remotely?
Do you track your KPIs on your own? How?
How do you work in a team and collaborate?
Can you meet deadlines without jeopardizing your work-life balance?
Job offer and signing contract
It is time to prepare a contract that is confirmed by respective managers and your legal department. Remotal carries the full burden of preparing and finalizing contracts — the client only sings one initial contract with Remotal, whereas we take care of the entire communication with applicants. We handle document preparation, insurances, payroll, etc., all of which we handle with the candidate.
The co-founder of Remotal has both business and IT degrees, which qualifies him to confirm each candidate personally before finalizing the contracts. Ultimately, if the candidate shows outstanding performance, you can hire them full-time, relocate to the corresponding city and make them a part of your in-house team.
Final Thoughts
The year 2020 has demonstrated the necessity of remote work and its impact on businesses. Many companies have fully switched to remote work after benefiting from it during the lockdown. If you think that your business may also profit from going remote, contact professionals and discuss your concerns and aspirations.
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