Hiring an iOS Developer? Learn the Different Programming Languages

Hiring can be difficult at the best of times, but it’s harder when you don’t understand the job you’re hiring for. If you need to hire an iOS developer for your team, you might not know where to start. This guide to hiring engineers is a great start.

Here are some tips for hiring an iOS developer.

Familiarize Yourself with the Required Skills

When you post an ad for an iOS developer, you’ll receive resumes that list technologies and skills you’ve never heard of. Before you can choose who you want to interview, you need to do your research and familiarize yourself with those skills.

You don’t need to become an expert in programming languages to hire an iOS developer, and you don’t need to learn how to write code or how to make your own apps. However, you do need an awareness of programming languages. To hire developers, you need to know which languages they’ll need to do the job well.

Objective-C is the primary language that developers use to write iOS applications. Swift is another language your candidates should know. This language is newer, and it builds on Objective-C. Swift has many advantages over Objective-C: it’s easier to maintain, safer, and faster. Due to these advantages, Swift may completely replace Objective-C in the future, so your candidates should know this language. Developers can command a higher salary when they know Swift, so keep that in mind.

Candidates should also know how to use XCode. While not a programming language, this tool is essential for programming apps. XCode is the tool developers use to code, test, and debug their apps.

Pay Attention to Soft Skills

To be successful, an iOS developer needs to be experienced in programming languages. However, knowing programming languages alone isn’t enough to be a good developer. Developers also need to have the right mix of soft skills. When you’re screening candidates, make sure to look for soft skills.

Critical thinking is a crucial soft skill for developers since they’ll be solving complicated problems. Candidates also must be curious and willing to actively seek out new knowledge. Programming is always changing—the Swift language has only been around for a couple years—and candidates need to be continuously learning to keep up.

Don’t Interview Candidates Alone

Sorting through resumes is only one part of the hiring process. You also need to interview candidates. Interviewing developers when you’re not a developer can be challenging. You may not know which questions to ask to learn more about their technical skills and experience.

Panel interviews can help overcome this problem. If you already have a developer on your team, ask that employee to sit in on the interview. The developer can ask technical questions that you won’t know to ask. As an expert, the developer will be able to evaluate candidates’ answers and let you know how well they performed.

Get Help from a Recruiter

You might not have the time to familiarize yourself with the various programming languages or learn which soft skills are essential for developers. You might not have anyone who can sit in on interviews with you. These obstacles don’t mean that you have to blindly hire a developer and hope for the best. You can get help from a recruiting agency.

Look for a recruiting agency that specializes in filling technical roles, like iOS developers. Recruiters at these agencies have a lot of experience finding talented developers for companies. Since they recruit developers all the time, they already know which programming languages are essential. They will only pass on talented candidates.

When you work with a recruiter, you don’t need to spend time familiarizing yourself with programming languages. You can get back to what’s important – planning and executing your projects. The recruiter will handle the hiring process, and you’ll get a talented iOS developer for your team.

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Trevor Breininger

Trevor Breininger

Trevor brings experience in both recruiting and business development to his role as Business Development Manager at Ian Martin. He knows the industry from both a recruiting and an account management perspective and would like to communicate what works best to clients. As an avid reader, Trevor reads everything from industry related books to science fiction. He also enjoys getting outside and enjoying a beautiful day on the golf course.
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