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How to Hire a Microsoft Developer for Your Next Project

Jun 2

Looking for (and finding) a Microsoft developer doesn’t have to be as difficult as most make it out to be. The key is to know what you’re looking for and then identify the right places to source the best talent. If you can get these two aspects of the process right, you won’t have much trouble. In this article, we’ll explore some of the other tips and tricks you need to know in order to secure the right fit for your next project.

4 Tips for Hiring the Right Developer

The good news is that Microsoft developers are aplenty. Ironically enough, that’s also the bad news. With so many to choose from, how can you be sure you’re partnering with a developer who is the right fit for your business?

Check the following tips and tricks:

  • Make a List of Needs and Qualifications

The first step is to make a comprehensive list of what you're looking for in your Microsoft developer. This list should consist of two columns:

  • Must-haves. This is the criteria that’s absolutely a requirement. For example, you might require three years of developer experience, specific certifications, and at least two referrals. If a developer doesn’t fit this description, they’re instantly crossed off the list. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
  • Like-haves. This column consists of items you’d like a developer to have, but would be willing to settle without. The more of these boxes a developer checks off, the more attractive of an option they are. 

The key is to know the difference between your must-haves and your like-haves. If you don’t clearly identify and document these on the front end, you could end up settling for a developer who isn’t a good fit. Be specific and stick to your guns!

  • Know Where to Look

The next step is to know precisely where to look in order to find the right Microsoft developers. You have a few different options:

  • Freelancer marketplaces. Believe it or not, you can find some pretty talented Microsoft developers on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr and Upwork. However, this can be a bit of a gamble, as you don’t have a ton of protection. 
  • Developer groups and boards. If you’re on board with the idea of hiring a freelancer on a contract or project basis, you might find it helpful to peruse various developer groups, communities, and message boards. A simple post in one of these areas could net you quite a few good options. 
  • Outsourced development companies. If you’re looking to get the job done right the first time and want the process to be as smooth as possible, your best bet is to hire a custom software development firm. They’ll streamline the process and keep everything tight.

As you get more comfortable searching for and hiring developers, you’ll discover that certain sources are better for your needs than others. Until then, give each of these options a look.

  • Look for Skill and Fit

It’s not enough for someone to have skill. You also need to think about the culture fit – particularly if this developer will be doing multiple and/or extended projects with your team.

The right Microsoft developer is someone who understands your values, works on your terms, and is happy to adapt to fit into the system (rather than attempting to change it). Sometimes you won’t know how a developer fits in until after they start working with your team, but a past reference can usually get you up to speed on these types of things. 

  • Consider Soft Skills

Hard/technical skills are obviously paramount when it comes to development. However, there’s also something to be said for soft skills

  • How good is the developer with deadlines?
  • What sort of communication style do they have?
  • Do they show questionable moral judgment? Or are they transparent?
  • Do they listen when you speak? Or are they constantly worried about their own agenda?
  • Can they solve inherent problems of your website or project

Asking questions like these can help you evaluate a potential developer hire and reach a final conclusion. 

Putting it All Together

With the right Microsoft developer, you can make things happen. Whether you’re looking for someone to develop a simple tool or a complex piece of software, there are plenty of options to choose from. Take your time, work through the steps on this list, and hire someone you can be confident in!