For any company into the field of app development, there is no challenging task than hiring. Yes, talent acquisition remains still the big area of concern for most developer firms working hard to stay ahead competitively. You cannot just hire Android app developer who just does not know his stuff well. Neither you can rely on a bunch of enthusiastic and energetic young geeks who in spite of having a great educational background just lack professional coding experience. Any fault in your hiring will mean you are investing in something counterproductive for your project. After all, you cannot just take a chance when it comes to selecting the most crucial manpower of your tech company, the app developers.
Why is the concern even more serious for Android development companies? Well, it is because Android is the happening ground now. iOS had been the star of the show for quite long. But even then Android only solidified its strength by having the widest presence across all types of devices, users, and business niches. Today, as far as the diversity and presence is concerned, Android stands the tallest compared to all other mobile platforms including iOS. The sheer diversity of devices and wide presence across mobile and emerging ecosystem of apps for wearable and IoT, many experts think that Android is finally going to topple over the iOS as the most preferred platform. This year can as well be the year for an Android-first approach. Naturally, to meet the demands of the fierce competition emerging out of the additional pie of market, the developer companies have to focus on right talent acquisition.
Here are 3 most effective tips to hire for your future-ready Android developer team.
1. Remove the local/offshore barrier
When it comes to talent acquisition developer companies just cannot airport to harbor a mental barrier between local and offshore. You are less likely to find your required talent in the vicinity. Obviously, the cost is a big consideration when it comes to offshore recruitment, but nevertheless critical projects always require a non-compromising approach in respect of hiring talents. The typical resistance to offshore talent acquisition is particularly visible among startups and small developer companies. On the other hand, major developer brands never compromise in this respect and they never stop short to take on board the developer talents they need for a project. Even if your company does not have a global presence, by hiring through Offshore agencies you can always give a boost to your in-house talent. By crossing the so-called geographic boundaries you can also bring new and positive elements in the makeup of your developer team.
2. Focus on the app portfolio of a developer
How can you judge a developer in the first place? The resume of the candidate is just a piece of paper unless it is clearly supplemented with an application portfolio. The apps made by the developer bear all the potential aspects to judge the skills, experience, and practical knowledge of the developer. Whether you are hiring an underachiever or a real talent who can play a pivotal role in many of your projects depends on how you evaluate the skills and can their proof of work. It is also important to evaluate the skills required for the respective niche of the hiring company. It is needless to say that for a game development company a Portfolio of gaming apps will be more important than others.
3. A mix of experience, skills and youthful creative spirit
A team of developers should be balanced with equal presence of experience, skills, and creative spirit. No one element just can guarantee a perfect manpower creating an app. A bunch of old folks with years of experience can help you take all the necessary steps to avoid the common pitfalls and follow the relevant steps. But unless they are frequently exposed to latest trends and skills, your app may miss a few things. Secondly, it is the creative spirit which is guaranteed by the youth. Without the presence of energetic youth your team of developers may fall short of enthusiasm and creative exuberance. So, it is a mix of human elements that make a perfect team of developers. While experience is crucial in guaranteeing solid foundation, state of the art skills and creative spirit are invincible for sophisticated user experience.
Finally, as most of the development world is still dominated by cross-platform apps, Having cross platform knowledge and skills is important for any developer. The cross-platform skill set allows the company lot of room and flexibility in respect of new development projects.