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How To Hire a Drupal Developer

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

Drupal Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a Drupal Developer do?

Drupal Developers are extremely knowledgeable around the Drupal framework which lives on the PHP ecosystem, as such, these developers are highly knowledgeable with PHP and all the intricacies that comes with it. These developers have the skillset that allows them to design, implement and test various aspects that come with the drupal application. Drupal developers are able to troubleshoot complex problems happening under the hood and the knowledge to create custom drupal modules.

Day to day tasks of a Drupal Developer

Skills assessment

Drupal Developer definition

Drupal Developers have a specialized skill set that allows them to look after the Drupal CMS platform and make it function to allow an organisation to reap its benefits. Drupal developers also have the knowledge and understanding to create Drupal modules to extend the functionality that the product provides out of the box.

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Drupal 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 Drupal Developer

In order for a Drupal Developer candidates to be highly proficient in the role they need the skilled in PHP and powerful frameworks in the same realm, a high level understanding of the Drupal platform, web development languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS, extremely high level on inquisitiveness and problem solving ability.

Pro Tip

Ensure the Drupal Developer knows what it’s like to work for your company, the expectations of the role and what your company values are so applicants are able to determine if they as an individual and their skill set would be beneficial for the organisation.


How to write a Drupal 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 Drupal 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 Drupal Developer should know how to use Docker to host their environments.

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Sample skill tests for a Drupal Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Video

How do you keep up with the latest coding developments? What are your go-to resources?

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Question 2


Question Type: Multiple Choice

Which of the following serialization formats can be used, which also needs to be declared to Drupal when you perform the request?

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Question 3


Question Type: Multiple Choice

In a student management system, there is a need to create an Entity with a title. Which of the following snippets of code cannot be used to complete this task?


How to interview a Drupal 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 Drupal Developer?

In the USA Drupal Developer are remunerated an extremely high rate compared to some other professions, it is reported by ZipRecruiter that the median base salary is $103,365, whereas on the salary is reported as $91,963 and Glassdoor USA has the average base salary at $66,784 per year.

Drupal Developer Salary United States

Drupal Developer salaries in the United States range from $46,000 – $102,000 (USD). Drupal Developer salaries in the U.S vary a lot depending on the industry and the nature of the work they’re conducting.

Drupal Developer Salary United Kingdom

Drupal Developer salaries in the United Kingdom range from £31,000 – £67,000 (GBP). Drupal Developer salaries in the UK vary largely based on the skills on the seniority of the position, location and industry of the company.

Drupal Developer Salary Australia

Drupal Developer salaries in Australia range from $50,000 – $89 ,000 (AUD). Drupal Developers salaries usually depend on the data they’re analyzing which boils down to the industry and scale of the data that needs to be manipulated.