For more than 23 years, Java has dominated the world of computing: its killer features like reliability, security and scalability allow Java to consistently claim titles like “Programming Language of the Year”. This is all possible thanks to a large community of Java developers, dedicating their careers to creating great Java products. However, in this large pool of professionals, how can we make sure to hire the best Java developers?
A term often found in the recruitment sphere is “superstar” — a developer who is incredibly proficient in their technology of choice. It may be tempting to think that the best Java developers are only good at coding; however, a true professional boasts a combination of different skills. Firstly, perfect hard (also known as technical) skills: these include both Java fundamentals and relevant knowledge of frameworks, databases and other related technologies. Secondly, soft skills that allow them to be an effective team member: these can include competencies like communication, time management, and leadership skills. Lastly, a great developer also possesses an understanding of business processes and can contribute to the discussion of whether the company should follow in a new direction.
Another caveat lies in the complexity of Java code: due to its verbosity, it may take a lot of time to assess a candidate’s knowledge. Feeling this time pressure, both the candidate and the recruiter can perform in a rushed manner, fearing that time is about to run out. Such conditions of a technical interview can hardly provide a peaceful and productive environment where your potential Java developer can thrive and demonstrate their knowledge — on the contrary, the candidate will probably get stressed out and underperform.
For many Java developers, the ability to work remotely proves to be the deciding factor: having established a comfortable working environment, they prefer to be hired by companies which share their vision of remote work. Remote work has long surpassed its “trend” status — it is rapidly becoming the new standard for almost 50% of the workforce and remote Java developers are pioneering this movement.
These factors lead to increased difficulty of Java developers hiring process: even the slightest mistake can cause both the employer and the employee to miss out on an amazing opportunity. Throughout years of our experience, we’ve come to understand this simple notion: professionals should be hired by professionals! That is, to avoid the caveats of the hiring process we discussed above, a Java developer should be pre-vetted in a quick (but effective) way — this is why we designed our developer selection process to include resume screening, language, and technical interviews together with a coding test.
Thanks to our extensive screening process, we’re able to create standards of Java developers’ work quality — and connect our superstar developers with companies’ superstar projects. We believe that great developers seek interesting and long-term work; we believe that great companies are able to provide exactly that. We combined these beliefs and defined our goal — to help developers and companies connect with each other.