Top 5 things to avoid when hiring remote developers


October 13, 2018

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Here at CoDev, we believe that when done right, the hiring of remote developers can truly help businesses succeed and grow. We make it a point to work closely with you so that you can take full advantage of the capabilities of the developer you hired. We always aim to make the process of hiring remote developers easy for you, and that’s why we are offering some tips on which common mistakes to avoid.

Selecting candidates with the cheapest rates

Rather than focus on the best price, we encourage our customers to get the best value for the money. We find consistently better outcomes when the initial focus is on the needs of the project including skills and experience when hiring a developer. It is no secret that the best software developers out there routinely command big salaries. One of the most compelling reasons to hire a developer in the Philippines is to acquire the services of a skilled professional at a lesser cost.

Underestimating differences in technology, processes, time zones, and personality

Some companies often overlook differences in the technology used, processes, time zones, and even personality and culture when they are hiring remote developers. Don’t fall in to the trap of outsourcing as a means for purely offloading work. Leveraging the benefits of an integrated remote team will improve both outcomes and operational efficiencies.

Minimum level of communication or team engagement

We have often emphasized the importance of hiring a software developer who has good communication skills in addition to their technical skills and experience. Likewise, ensuring strategies are in place for effective communication between you and your offshore team are equally as critical to overall success.

By setting up frequent communication, you can help ensure that everyone in your team is updated with new developments, and the increased interaction should allow for the better exchange of ideas and solutions between members.

As we have mentioned in the previous section, time zone difference is one of the things that you should not overlook when hiring a remote developer. This difference does serve as a challenge when you want to foster strong interaction between your company and your offshore developer. But this challenge can be overcome. Here at CoDev, work schedules are purposely set at 6 AM to 3 PM Philippine time in order to allow about two hours to overlap with the 8 AM to 5 PM office hours in America.

Undefined goals and project stages

Effectively managing a remote developer is not just about automatic delegation of a business process or project requirement. Your offshore software developer can benefit greatly from knowing the expected phases of the project, which is not only limited to the general time frame, but also the targeted milestones, and even foreseeable deadlines.

Speaking of deadlines, there’s nothing wrong with motivating your developer to produce good results every time, but even the most talented developer can stumble when placed under too much pressure or subjected to too much micromanagement or given an unreasonable deadline. In other words, expecting your software developer to perform miracles is unrealistic — instead, work with your developer in establishing a rhythm that is sustainable without compromising quality results.

Ignoring new software developer trends

We live in a world where change happens so fast, and while it is true that not every new change should be blindly embraced, it still pays to be up to date with recent trends, especially in the area of software development, mainly to stay competitive or to have an edge in business.

Here at CoDev, we specialize in helping our clients hire the software developer they need for their business. Although much of our work involves providing the HR and payroll oversight, the IT infrastructure, and tech support for our clients’ remote developers, we also take the time to get to know our customers and their operations, and develop strategies to manage their remote developers to help their business succeed.



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