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How To Hire a C++ Developer

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this C++ Developer hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

C++ Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a C++ Developer do?

C++ Developers are individuals who have chosen to specialize in creating code which is written in the C++ programming language. Through the understanding of the intricacies yet highly powerful language, they’re able to design and create modern software for a variety of use cases. C++ can be used for mobile or software applications and is driven by the employer’s or client’s needs

Day to day tasks of a C++ Developer

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C++ Developer definition

C++ Developers use the C++ programming language to facilitate the creation of enterprise grade software and applications. C++ is widely used to its wide range of benefits, such as its portability onto devices all around the world, it being highly memory and performance optimised and being extremely scalable for tasks which rely on such a functionality.

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C++ Developer Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a C++ Developer

Candidates that will thrive as a C++ Developer are skilled in the C++ programming language, knowledge of database languages like SQL, fundamentals of the C programming language, familiarity with embedded systems, and problem solving + critical thinking skills.

Pro Tip

There is a large pool of C++ Developers who all specialise in different areas such as creating games, therefore, clearly outlining what the developer will be doing at your organisation will be beneficial.


How to write a C++ Developer job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your C++ Developer job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, a C++ Developer should know how to use GDB as it’s a powerful command-line debugging platform that can be used when developing C++ code.

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Sample skill tests for a C++ Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Video

Describe a time where your collaboration helped the success of a project.

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Question 2


Question Type: Audio

Which one of the following design patterns is NOT a part of conventional creational patterns?

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Question 3


Question Type: Text

You are working on a project that requires input from multidisciplinary teams in the business. You are waiting on some information from a colleague who is holding up your work.
In the textbox below, write them an email asking them for this information.


How to interview a C++ Developer

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a C++ Developer?

In the USA the median salary for a C++ Developer is $113,813 according to, whereas Glassdoor suggests the average is $74,609. The lowest ten percent is paid $66,872, and ninety percent of C++ Developers earn up to $91,372 reported by With these figures steadily growing with more experience.

C++ Developer Salary United States

C++ Developers salaries in the United States range from $48,000 – $134,000 (USD). The developers salaries in the U.S vary a lot depending on the industry, the company you work for and the location of this company.

C++ Developer Salary United Kingdom

C++ Developers salaries in the United Kingdom range from £24,000 – £69,000 (GBP). C++ Developers salaries in the UK vary largely based on the skills of the individual, location and industry of the company.

C++ Developer Salary Australia

C++ Developers salaries in Australia range from $89,000 – $172,000 (AUD). C++ Developering salaries usually depend on the type of output that an engineer is able to deliver, as well as the location, industry and skills.