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How To Hire a iOS Developer

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

iOS Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a iOS Developer do?

iOS Developers specialise in the apple ecosystem and the iOS operating system in designing and implementing mobile applications. Through their knowledge and experience they know the in’s and out’s of this operating system and such they’re able to maximise the use of apple APIs and out of the box functionality which will improve the application for end users.

Day to day tasks of a iOS Developer

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iOS Developer definition

iOS Developers use programming languages like Swift to create mobile applications which harness the power of Apple APIs in the iOS operating system environment to create mobile applications which provide an added benefit for the end user.

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iOS 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 iOS Developer

The role of an iOS Developer is very technically focused so they require the skills to write code in languages like Swift or Objective-C, as well as knowledge of the iOS environment and all the APIs that are on offer to provide functionality that can be used in the applications they’re building. Furthemore, having good communication skills is also beneficial as this will allow the developer to effectively liaise with their colleagues.

Pro Tip

For entry-level roles, you’re likely to receive a larger number of applications so it will be beneficial in the event they have no iOS experience, to see if they have app development experience in the Android environment that may qualify them for the role.


How to write a iOS 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 iOS 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, an iOS Developer should keep up to date with the latest advancement in the iOS patches, as this may potentially depreciate old APIs that their applications are using or bring in new ones that can be used.

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Sample skill tests for a iOS Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Multiple Choice

While implementing push notifications, the web server needs to establish a connection with the appropriate APNS server. Which of the URLs below will your web server connect to for sending a notification in production?

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Question 2


Question Type: Multiple Choice

Which of the following is the last responder when a view is touched in an app?

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Question 3

General Coding Question

Question Type: Multiple Choice

Imagine a scenario where the computed property’s setter does not define a name for the new value to be set, what will happen?


How to interview a iOS 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 iOS Developer?

The US average for an iOS Developer is $115,859 according to, whilst the salary reported on is $97,236. According to, ninety percent of iOS Developers will take home upto $134,000 and the lowest ten percent will be paid up to $60,000. Alternatively reports the median salary to only be $81,436.

iOS Developer Salary United States

An iOS Developer salary in the United States ranges from $60,000 – $134,000 (USD). This salary will be heavily dependent on the location of the organisation and the bonuses the developer might make for their hard work.

iOS Developer Salary United Kingdom

The salary for an iOS Developer in the United Kingdom can range from £37,000 and £88,000 (GBP). This would be heavily dependent on the location of the organisation and the seniority of the position.

iOS Developer Salary Australia

The salary for an iOS Developer is between $67,000 – $131,000 (AUD). This would be heavily dependent on the seniority, industry of the organisation and most importantly the scale of operations that the engineer will look after.