IT Recruiters 6 min read 11.25.2020

How We Test Developers at Hiremotely?

What is the greatest nightmare of working with freelancers? Most employers will tell you it’s developers who tend to embellish their resumes and then spectacularly fail to live up to the expectations they set.

Top freelance marketplaces understand that - and this is why Hiremotely is an exclusive club, limited to software developers who pass the strict vetting process. Here’s how we do it.

What happens when you come to Hiremotely

So, you are in need of a top-notch software developer ASAP? All you need to do is click here, and tell us what kind of developer you need. You specify the project size, required skills, and leave us your contact info. Within 48 hours, we provide you with 2-4 developers that are the best fit for your needs. 

Since we are fully dedicated to providing you with the best freelancers in the industry, this is not where things end. You get to test developers’ skills for 8 hours, free of charge, to decide whether the match is good. And yes, we can do this all over again if you are not satisfied with our first choice. 

If things go smoothly, all you need to do is welcome your new member to the team. Since our goal is to make sure both you and freelancers are happy, here’s our insurance policy - being 100% certain we work with the top talent.

How we test developers

Our goal is to keep the hiring process straightforward, efficient, and risk-free. This is not possible if we just let you wade through dozens of applications from freelancers who happened to be online when you posted a job.

This is why Hiremotely is a small, exclusive club of software programmers who pass 5-step testing process before their profile finds its way to your inbox. 

1. Language and communication skills (38% applicants pass)

Since communication is one of the most important part of the process, we make sure the candidate will be able to fluently communicate with their client - you. Besides fluent English we do a detailed conversation about developer's previous project so we make sure hiw tech vocubalary is strong enough.

2. Static code analysis (22% applicants pass)

Nothing tells more about the developer than his style of coding. Thanks to the static code analysis (SCA) we are able to check which standards the developer keep, if he is using proper formatting styles, syntax etc. SCA also reveals whether the developer's code is clean without warnings and erros and whether it will be easy for other developers/team workers to build addittional functionality and modules around his/her code. We are able to analyse all of the type of languages and frameworks such as Javascript (React, Node.js, Angular, Typescript), Java with its all frameworks, PHP, SQL, dependencies, libraries they used, Ruby, Python and many others.

3. Test of technology skills (15% applicants pass)

Before we test developer’s skills, we categorize them based on their general area of expertise: backend developer, frontend developer, full-stack developer, mobile app developer, and embedded developer. Each of them can be familiar with several programming languages, and we rigorously test their skills in Java, PHP, C#, ASP.NET, C/C++, as well as frameworks such as Angular, React, Vue, Java SDK, Objective-C, etc. The applicants have to go through sophisticated a)b)c) where all of the options are very similar and only the experts can identify the nuances and get the correct answer.

Many freelance developers tend to embellish their resume with programming languages and frameworks they are familiar with, despite not being actual experts. These tests make sure that every entry in the freelancer’s skill list is accounted for. On tests, they have to show us they know these programming languages and frameworks like the back of their hand.

4. Testing project (12% applicants pass)

It is also very important to see the attitude of applicants and how they are able to face the real-life challenges. That's why each developer has to go through a testing project where he showes his programming style, ability to design fast algorithms and solve the problems he hasn't met yet.

5. Personality and reliability evaluation (5% applicants pass)

Finally, we understand that top talent also requires a formidable work ethic and solid communication skills. To minimize the possibility of flaky freelancers, missed deadlines, misunderstandings, and unanswered messages, our software developers go through an evaluation process that lasts up to three weeks. 

During this time, we monitor their reliability and ability to follow instructions, submit tests and assignments on time, follow-up on review requests, and deliver high-quality results.

What happens next?

Once a candidate passes Hiremotely’s admission process, they join our growing network of freelancers. It currently has more than 8300+ top skilled developers from all over the world. Hire one of them to build your software product or apply as a freelancer to become the part of this amazing community.

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