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How To Hire a Java Developer

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

Java Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a Java Developer do?

Java Developers are responsible for the whole lifecycle of applications such as design, implementation and testing. Java Developers are generally employed by large enterprises to build large applications.

Day to day tasks of a Java Developer

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Java Developer definition

A Java Developers’ primary responsibility is to design, implement and test Java-based applications. Their knowledge around java enables them to create and maintain highly efficient java applications such that they can ensure high availability and high performance for business critical tasks.

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Java 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 Java Developer

A Java Developer will use different flavours of Java on a daily basis in order to create pieces of code that add value to businesses. They will pair this with their understanding of testing in order to create software which is able to be extended at a later date and monitored around its availability.

Pro Tip

A good topic to grasp a candidate’s knowledge of Java would be unit testing. Asking them questions about where they’ve used unit testing before and different packages they would recommend a project use if they were in charge.


How to write a Java 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 Java 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 Java Developer must be highly proficient in using JUnit or any other Java unit testing packages.

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Sample skill tests for a Java Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Multiple Choice

How can we remove duplicates from a list using the following options?

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Question 2


Question Type: Text

How would you explain how threads work in a JVM environment to a non-technical stakeholder?

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Question 3


Question Type: Multiple Choice

How can we sort a list object on different conditions in java?


How to interview a Java 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 Java Developer?

The US average for a Java Developer according to is $102,927 with a cash bonus of $5000 as opposed to has the average salary as $89,848. Similarly, Payscale has the lowest ten percent of salaries coming in at $51,000 annually and then ninety percent of Java Developers having a salary of $107,000.

Java Developer Salary United States

A Java Developer Engineer in the USA has a salary range between $51,000 and $107,000 (USD). This will often depend on the location and the experience of the individual when applying to an organisation.

Java Developer Salary United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom a Java Developer can expect a salary between £28,000 – £81,000 (GBP). This salary will be heavily dependent on the location and the nature of the work for the organisation.

Java Developer Salary Australia

Java Developers based in Australia will receive a salary from $71,000 – $132,000 (AUD). This will be influenced by the location of the organisation and the seniority of the position.