With such a vast community, the challenge isn’t finding candidates but instead finding top candidates with the right balance of technical and soft skills within this crowded space.
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Background & Relevant Experience
Experience Working with Teams
One of the main things to look for is how well a candidate fits with your current development workflow. Check what kind of teams they have worked with previously and how similar that is to your existing structure.
Communication within the team is incredibly important, so you want to make sure that they are familiar with agile development methodologies, pair programming and more.
Knowledge of Project Management Software
Consider how familiar they are with the software used internally and how it fits your processes. The person you hire should be familiar with at least two or three project management tools, such as Trello, Jira, or Workday. They should also be familiar with the ceremonies that are conducted and how to manage their time around this.
Ability to Pick up New Tools and Frameworks
A Strong Sense of Good Judgement
It’s a good idea to gather why the candidate may use some technologies over others. You can check whether they can spot the advantages and disadvantages that apply to your business. One of my favorite questions is:
“what would you change based on what you already know about the current development stack, how would those changes help the customers, and how do you think it would work out in the long term?”
Ability to Communicate, Collaborate and Lead
Strong communication skills and the ability to mentor others are crucial to your company’s long-term prospects, as you can provide and foster an environment of progression and self-development. It is essential to retain the team you are building and provide ample opportunities to exercise the skills they are bringing to your organization.
Luckily, there are several things you can evaluate to help paint a better picture and identify the experienced developers you are searching for.
It’s essential that you test a candidate’s knowledge of the latest ES2015+ (currently ES2021/ES12) features to see how well versed they are with the language and how to use it in order to solve moderately complex problems.
Build Tools and Workflow
The candidate should know how to utilize different build systems such as Webpack and Gulp, and how to work with the version control system your company uses.
Experience setting up a build system is a big bonus, as it shows that the candidate has the capability to work in DevOps, which is a huge benefit to any development team.
Question: What is an arrow function?
Answer: An arrow function is a way of declaring a function that is lexically bound.
Question: How can you import a specific object/variable/function from a module?
Answer: Use the import keyword, specify what needs to be imported using a destructor or object/variable/function name.
Question: What is the difference between var, let and const?
Answer: Const cannot be changed after being declared, var is global and can be redecorated or changed anywhere, let can be declared once but changed in the block scope.
Question: What are promises?
Answer: Promises are objects that will return values sometime in the future. It allows for non-blocking functionality so that your application does not hang, and to deal with operations once they have been completed.