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How to Hire a Top Database Developer

Do you need to hire top database developers? It’s often a candidate’s market, so you need to move quick when hiring top performers. There are three key criteria.


1. Technical skills

This is perhaps the most important criteria of all, of course. It’s a good idea to test for their technical skills, to make sure that they are proficient in database security, upgrades and installs, the basics of tables, columns, rows, SQL Select, writing data, and more. They should also understand a Query Analyzer of another optimization tool and deployment strategies.


They also need to understand the contexts for their database development and best practices involved in optimizing performance.


2. Soft skills

It’s equally important, though, for database developers to have exhibited good soft skills in the past. Database developers who cannot express themselves clearly or who have difficulty working with other people can be a drain on your organization’s productivity.


Recruit people who have demonstrated ability to communicate with people both orally and in writing. Assess their ability to collaborate with other team members seamlessly and gracefully. They should be team players who get along with their supervisors well.


You can assess communication skills during the interview process. Discussing their team and collaborative skills can be done by discussing these qualities with past supervisors.


3. Time-management skills

Because database projects need to come in on time and on budget, it’s imperative to hire database developers with good time-management skills, as well.


Assess whether they complete tasks on time. Can they work independently and make forward progress? Are they attentive to detail and accuracy, but not so attentive that the completion of work suffers? Do they strike a good balance between task completion time and quality?


Here, too, testing prior to hiring can be a good idea, as is discussing time-management skills with past supervisors.


How Nesco Resource Can Help

Do you need help recruiting top database developers? We can help. We can screen via testing and perform reference checks. Contact us today.


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