How to hire, engage and retain remote developers for your software development project

February 6, 2024


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A: Your remote developer job hunt is best effective when professionals you trust i.e. colleagues, business partners or even other existing developers in your team provide referrals to professionals they personally know and trust to be competent.

However, if direct referrals aren’t an option, remote developers can be sourced through multiple other means - with the web being the most common and accessible. Posting job ads on social media or dedicated job boards can help garner attention from prospective candidates, so you and your team can then begin the assessment process from that point onwards.
A: Remote developers will often cost less than their in-house counterparts as costs pertaining to office space as well as any other per diem expenses (if offered) will be alleviated from the arrangement. At the same time, remote developers will be afforded the convenience of working from any location they prefer, no matter where they are based in the world. This therefore makes hiring remote developers a win-win situation for both companies and the developers themselves.
A: Differences in language and articulation from remote developers could only be a problem due to two main reasons:

1. Pre-hire assessments wouldn’t have been done comprehensively enough to determine any such lags,

2. Ground rules on communication (such as using specific communication tools for different tasks) may not have been established during the onboarding process.

In either case, it is imperative to inform your remote developer with regards to what is expected when it comes to communication. This can happen at any point in time, but is best addressed as soon as any problems are noticed.

If language barriers still exist and project performance or deadlines are being negatively impacted over a prolonged period, it may be time to reconsider the placement of your remote developer following a performance evaluation.

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