Full Stack Engineer
A Full Stack Engineer is a web engineer who is responsible for both Front End and Back End web and application development. A Full Stack Engineer is able to work on all parts of a site and therefore are involved in all kinds of projects due to their broad range of knowledge and skills. They know enough about both Front End and Back End to make contributions and assist with code, designing and making improvements to the site across both areas.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Liaise with stakeholders to grasp an understanding about the project.
- Design websites and applications.
- Test code for bugs and implement any fixes necessary.
- Contribute to projects involving the database.
- Build user-facing websites and applications.
Understand the Role
Review the skills 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, what it contributes to the organization, 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.
Select 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 customise 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.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for a Full Stack Engineer
Most organizations will require Full Stack Engineers to have completed a Bachelor degree in software engineering or software development, or a Diploma or software development from a tertiary institution. Some organizations may not require candidate’s to have any qualifications, however it is always favorable that they have previous relevant industry experience and training. There are some common skills required for this position.
It is important that a Full Stack Engineer has strong HTML/CSS skills. They must have a high level understanding of both languages to create intuitive and engaging developments, as well as be proficient in HTML for web pages.
A Full Stack Engineer must also be knowledgeable about backend languages. They must be competent and proficient in back end and front end languages, yet still have their preferred language and can easily articulate why. They must also understand what language is most important for each different job and project.
It is also essential that a Full Stack Engineer has excellent time management skills. They must work to strict schedules and timelines, and understand the importance of working towards a roadmap. They must also always prioritize their projects based on company goals, and be transparent with stakeholders when issues or obstacles may arise.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Full Stack Engineer Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As this is a highly technical role, it is important to include any particular competencies this role requires. This might include listing the operating systems, languages, code, network configurations or software that the Full Stack Engineer needs to be able to work with.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure that the entire recruitment process from job description to assessment to interview reiterates your company vision and values. This will help you identify the right people for the role, and applicants will know whether your company is the right fit for them.
Sample skills assessment
Full Stack Engineer
Question Type: Doc
How do you keep up to date with new developments and trends in the industry? Please outline in the document below.
Question Type: Text
In your words, describe HTML.
Question Type: Video
What is the largest web application that you have worked on?
Interview guide for a Full Stack Engineer
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.