Hiring a good developer can be a tough job, especially with such a short supply and a general mistrust of people trying to recruit their services. Within Techloop, we allow companies to pitch directly to developers which means that they have the chance to sell themselves and hopefully persuade developers to come and work for them.
However, this is not always as easy as it sounds, so we decided to put together a few tips for making offers to developers. This advice would also apply to anybody looking to hire a new team member.
GET TO KNOW THEM
If you’re going to work with somebody, it helps if you can connect on some level. If you are genuinely interested in the person you’re looking to hire then it will greatly increase your chances of getting them on board. Try finding out the following things:
- What motivates them (note: it might not be money)
- What they really want out of a job.
- Their hopes and fears (career progress, stability, job security)
- Their future plans (do they plan to move away, where do they see themselves in 5 years time?)
TALK UP YOUR COMPANY
Without being too pushy, it’s important to state what your company does well and why it’s a fun and interesting place to work. Don’t try and make it into something it’s not, different people are looking for different things in an employer. You could try mentioning some of these things:
- Values. The aspects your company and workforce are founded on (creativity, attention to detail, enjoying your work etc.)
- The technologies you use and why they might be of interest to a new employee.
- Mention any particularly interesting projects you’re working on or have worked on and how your desired developer could play a key role.
Similar to the previous point, but be sure to mention any perks employees receive at your company. Obviously mention the obvious things, such as home office, gym membership etc, but maybe your company offers some more unusual benefits such as:
- Pets in the office.
- Company trips away.
- Time off for voluntary work.
- Free company massages.
- On site Xbox, PlayStation and other games.
Obviously every company and every developer is different, and the tips above are just some ideas to help the process go more smoothly. The important thing is to be honest, open and communicative about what you’re looking for, what you’re looking to achieve and where the developer would fit into your plans.