Hiring, eh? A precarious, nerve-wracking, nail-biting time for all involved. The who, the what, the why, the when, and the where all come into play. Who is the ideal candidate? What skillset are you looking for? Why do you need to hire this person? When are they available to come on board? Where are they based, and will this work for your development needs?

As you can tell, the possibilities are endless, and so is the applicant pool. These days, more and more students are studying programming with the intention to join a tech haven. Graduation flies by, and the recent college goers are up, about, and keen to make their mark on the coding world. Of course, the job market is a ridiculously competitive space, and while everyone wants to work for the likes of Google, Apple or Twitter, those coveted positions only go to a select few.

That there are thousands of coders out there looking to help create a brand they can believe in with the same passion that legions of Google employees demonstrate for the mission of their brand. Freelancing developers is also a huge hit that is the result of this overflow of specialized skills. Aside from recruiting one developer, you can also naturally seek a team of developers, or a company that works with creating mobile apps.

So, where do you start and how do you find that standout talent that will help you see your mobile app to reality?

How to Hire an App Developer

When it comes to finding someone who can help you shape your mobile app, there are some core things that you should aim to seek in a candidate. Whether you look at hiring a freelancer or bringing on a development team, these are all pretty much pre-requisites to ensuring a successful, worthwhile hire:

A Stellar Portfolio

 This almost goes without saying, but a slick, well-designed portfolio of past work to speak to a candidate’s skills is a given. A qualified candidate is going to be keen to show you what he/she has accomplished. Right off the bat, if they don’t have a portfolio to show you, you can take that as an indicator that they aren’t your best bet.

Whole Package Hire

There’s far more to app creation than just writing lines of code. Yes, an excellent coder is imperative, but so is hiring someone with chops in development, design, project management, testing – all the works. That’s a lot of qualifications for one human being, but if you manage to find someone who can do all of those fields, that’s an ideal applicant if we’ve ever heard of one. If not, fear not, because that’s that what a team is for!

Industry Insight

You need to make sure the person you’re considering to help you make an app has made many before. Even more, you should be looking for a person familiar with the ins and outs of the industry. They should stay on top of app-related news and technologies and be aware of the fluctuating trends of the app market. You need someone current – otherwise, your app will stagnate in the modern market.

Money, Money, Money

You may recall that our latest blog post was all about generating revenue from an app or making the big bucks off of your hard, app-cultivating work. The app developers you bring on should be able to identify the right revenue model for your business and the app you’re trying to create. Monetization strategies should be something the person developing your app is solidly versed in.

Team Player

 Just like any role, you want to find someone who is easy to work with. Not only should the developer(s) be a hard-working programmer, but the candidate also needs to be able to communicate and listen well, take constructive criticism, leave their ego at the door, and get your overall vision.

What You See is What You Get

You want to find someone who is upfront and straightforward about the pricing/fees involved with their work. If you’re hiring a company or team, this is a lot easier to manage, as you’ll have official written agreements and contracts that tend to be agreed and officiated beforehand. Hence, hidden fees are hard for a company to spring on an unsuspecting business owner or key manager like yourself.

But if you’ve decided to hire a freelance mobile app developer, then it’s on you to negotiate an agreement on a flat rate or hourly rate (dependent on the developer) and ensure there’s official written documentation agreed upon and signed by both parties.

Hire App Developers Near Me

Points of consideration all out of the way, where do you go to recruit this developer(s)? The world wide web, of course! Google will make things a lot easier for you now. Just type in “hire app developers near me,” and you’re guaranteed to have some companies and freelance profiles pop up that own that SEO.

Aside from this easy strategy, we recommend doing a bit of your own research and finding top companies or individuals based on prior customer reviews online, and word of mouth.

Looking For iPhone or Android App Developers

While your first instinct may be to find a jack of all trades, there are plenty of app developers out there that have become masters of their own niche. Hence, it’s always a positive to focus the direction of the qualifications you’re looking to discover. Say you’re interested in the freelance app developer route. Look no further then Upwork, a freelance site we wrote in detail about here.

Still, what skills should you be seeking, aside from the foundational ones we mentioned earlier? If you’re about to build an iOS App, then you want someone who specializes in producing Apple Store apps. If it’s Android, the same mentality would apply to help you choose the perfect developer for you. Remember, when deciding on which platform to build your app on first, there’s a lot to consider.

Need Web App Programmers?

 A web app programmer is responsible for far more than writing the code for a web-app. That role is for a person who also assumes IT responsibilities associated with web development of the app.

Mobile app developers are colossally different to web app programmers, however. Examples of some of the most critically acclaimed web apps are Slack, Asana, Dropbox, and Trello. The developers behind those web apps coded in a variety of web-specific languages including Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, Ember.js, and CakePHP.

Many companies offer web app development custom-fitted to your needs – and that includes the 70+ full-stack developers we have here at Rootstrap.

Cost of Freelance App Developers

Freelance app developers are another smart route to take in the mobilie app/web app journey. Pricing for freelancers can vary widely – it all depends on the size, scope, and demands of the project you’re hiring for. This snazzy blog post by CodementorX investigated the rates of freelance app developers all around the world.

After surveying more than 5,000 developers around the world, CodementorX found that the U.S. scored the highest in terms of developer fees, at around an average of $70 per hour.

They went even further than just looking at the cost of rates. Exploring other areas like “Cost of Developers by Tech Stack” yielded results demonstrating the aggregated costs of freelancers based on languages and tech stacks. Here, they found that front-end development is the most common skill for developers. The survey revealed that JavaScript is the most common language, followed by HTML5/CSS and jQuery, also showing that rates varied regardless of tech stack. Big influences on reported rates were linked to where the developer was located, which is good to keep in mind. Palo Alto and Munich scored as the areas with the highest average developer rates, while Cairo and Lahore came through as the areas with the least expensive developers. Good to know!

Hiring Facebook App Developers

A developer…who makes Facebooks? Not really. Facebook app developers are basically third-party developers who make use of the Facebook Platform, a development haven where programmers can create their own apps that utilize linked social media data from the site. It offers tools and interfaces that enable developers to integrate with stored social content to maximize efficiency and user personalization.

Finding a top-notch Facebook app developer takes the same degree of evaluation as iOS and Android app developers, except this group of potential employees is a much smaller pool.

We would recommend you proceed with caution if this is the path forward for your app. Only a few months ago, Facebook’s name cluttered our headlines after it came out that the social media empire accidentally sent off analytic reports to user testers for more than 3% of apps. Those emails were meant for app developers, alongside business analysts and admins monitoring testing activity.

The situation was remedied by the billion dollar company but served to remind developers that Facebook’s user privacy integrated with an app is a tricky game indeed.

Finding The Best App Developer

After all the explaining on how to identify app developer skill sets and find the suitable ones for your mission, you’re probably thinking “I need an app developer, and pronto.”

We get that. We are app developers, after all. We’ve served up some of our most valuable tips on what to look for, but before we round things off, we also want to cover the don’ts of hiring an app developer. Here are some classic mistakes to avoid when hiring an app developer, from us to you:

Stay away from companies that outsource.

Find out early on if the dev company takes part in any outsourcing of their work. If they do (and many companies are guilty of this, as it’s a money-saver), run the other way. If you’re unsure if the company you’re in talks with is doing this or not, visit their office and find out in person by asking to meet the development team!

Invest. Don’t jump at cheap.

 We get it. Cheap has an appeal of less $$. Development is expensive, and any deal that saves you some can sometimes appear to be too good to be true. The truth is, in many cases they are. There are developers that underprice work and then never end up delivering. Clearly, this is a worst-case scenario, but it does happen, and the best way to steer clear of any similar scenario is to compare quotes from many companies.

No planning? No-go.

Planning is important. So important, in fact, that our flagship service offering is a Roadmapping workshop dedicated to just that. In a nutshell, Roadmapping is the stages of pre and early development where we help you define your concept, validate an idea and set the stage for the development to come. We call this our month-long planning cycle, and any legitimately qualified development company will offer a version of this form of consultation. If they don’t, or the freelancer you’re working with hasn’t collaborated with you to devise a clear blueprint of what they’ll be doing for the project, it is bound to fail.

Work with Rootstrap for App Development

And that’s all for today, folks! We hope our advice helped concerning do’s and don’ts on how to hire app developers for their skillset, and what type of candidate you should be seeking out. The fantastic news is that there are countless brilliant app developers out there, and now with these techniques, you’re ready to locate them.

If you’re looking for a well-rounded, experienced team to manage your development, well, that’s our specialty. You can reach our wondrous squad of agile ninjas at Rootstrap here. We hope to hear from you!

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