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How To Hire a Golang Developer

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

Golang Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a Golang Developer do?

A Golang Developer develops both software and web pages written in Go. This code strives to be functionally the same as many other languages but has a syntax which has a low entry threshold and is easy to understand such that you’re able to effortlessly write efficient code to address whatever problem you’re trying to solve.

Day to day tasks of a Golang Developer

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Golang Developer definition

Golang developers work with the programming language known as Go, in this role the design, build, test and maintain applications which have been built to serve an important purpose or fill a gap of capability that an organisation is currently lacking. They will use the various tools and frameworks Go has to offer to assist them in their process.

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Golang 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 Golang Developer

A Golang Developer needs to have a high-level understanding of how Golang operates in both a practical and theoretical manner, knowledge of different Go frameworks, efficient + effective code and Git knowledge.

Pro Tip

For mid-level roles to get a gauge of their experience with Go, ask to see a portfolio of work which contains applications, as this will allow you to see the quality of their code and possibly see if what they’ve created matches for what you’re hiring for.


How to write a Golang 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 Golang 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 Golang Developer must have experience writing programs in Go, but it would be nice to have experience with dependency management tools.

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Sample skill tests for a Golang Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Text

Someone, who is non-technical, has never heard of a Golang Developer before and asks what you do. What do you tell them?

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Question 2


Question Type: Multiple Choice

How does Golang achieve polymorphism?

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Question 3


Question Type: Multiple Choice

The server-side schema defined is shown below in the code snippet. You want to add a new product to the server. Is this possible? Support your answer.


How to interview a Golang 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 Golang Developer?

Golang Developers in the USA have reported salaries of around $128,736 according to ZipRecruiter and $97,915 according to Glassdoor USA. reports the salary for a Golang developer for the high end to be $160,000 and the low end to be $117,919.

Golang Developer Salary United States

In the United States a Golang Developer can be expected to receive a yearly salary of approximately $135,000 USD. This figure will be impacted by a number of factors such as, the location of the organization and the seniority of the role, such as being a tech lead.

Golang Developer Salary United Kingdom

Golang Developers in the United Kingdom have a reported yearly wage of £48,585. There are a handful of factors which need to be taken into consideration when this number is offered to candidates, for example, the industry of the organisation and the type of work that the role entails.

Golang Developer Salary Australia

Australia has a median salary of $90,000 AUD for Golang Developers. This figure will change based on many different elements when a salary is made for employees, for instance, the performance of the individual, certifications and industry of the organisation.