The COVID-19 pandemic has left the world in distress. From losing loved ones to failing businesses, we have seen all in the past two years. Everyone has suffered from the impact of COVID-19 either directly or indirectly. Not only this, several industries have seen large-scale enterprises shutting down permanently. It is because due to nationwide lockdown and strict social distancing, they fell short of employees.
With almost every industry getting affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, the IT industry is no exception. Given the rising number of COVID-19 patients and deaths, IT was also forced to close their physical offices and work remotely. It is the second year of COVID-19, and most industries continue to work from home, including the IT industry, to adhere to the social distancing norms.
○ On-site developers -
On-site developers, also known as co-located developers, are the ones that work along with your office space. Considering the social distancing norms, this is not a reliable option for you. Also, it will cost you more money.
○ Distributed team of developers -
While these developers do not work in your office, they work in various locations, such as cafes. It means the team members do not have face-to-face communication. Sometimes, each member works from a different city or country.
○ Remote developers -
Although the term remote developers and distributed developers are used interchangeably, they are not the same. Unlike distributed developers, remote developers have an office.
○ Be precise with your needs and requirements -
When it comes to hiring a remote developer, it is not the same as hiring a project manager, UX/UI designer, marketing professional, or HR manager. For example, to recruit an HR or sales employee, you can get an idea about their experience and expertise through their communication skills.
○ Shortlist your options -
Please remember, this is the trickiest step because it requires a lot of effort and time to find the right developer
. You may leverage social networks to make the hiring process convenient. For example, you can ask for references from friends and relatives. You may also check out platforms like Trello, Upwork, and Basecamp and shortlist the best candidates.
○ Learn about the candidate’s skills and knowledge -
Usually, candidates mention experience in several programming languages and technologies, but they have never worked on many. For this reason, it is advisable to ask for references from candidates about their previously completed projects.
○ Ask relevant questions -
Once you have shortlisted your most preferred candidates, the next step is interviewing them to choose the best one. You can either go for a telephonic or video interview round.
Apart from inquiring about their experience and soft skills, ask questions to test their technical knowledge and ability. If you do not know this field, you may take the help of the internet to ask relevant questions.
○ Sorting -
● Schedule regular meetings -
● Pick the tools for your remote developers -
To ensure your developers perform efficiently, get the necessary tools handy. It includes email service, instant messaging tool, video calling platform, project management tool, etc.
● Define your project in detail -
Before you begin the project, it is necessary to discuss with remote developers your work process in detail.
● Give feedback -
● Show appreciation -
The bottom line