10 tips for finding and hiring a top developer


This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at entrepreneur.com.

By John Rampton, Entrepreneur

Every savvy entrepreneur knows that having an A-plus team is the difference between successfully raising capital and getting a product launched, versus looking down the cold, hard barrel of failure. Hiring developers can be one of the most daunting tasks when it comes to choosing team members, especially for the entrepreneur who has little to no coding skills and might be flying blind. I reached out to Taso Du Val, CEO of Toptal, a network of engineers created by engineers. Only 3 percent of engineers considered are accepted following a rigorous screening process. Here’s 10 tips Du Vall offered for evaluating a developer:

1. Outline skill and culture specifics.

Write down all the “must-have’s” the person needs to fill the position, and the “like to haves” that the…

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