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How To Hire a Software Developer

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

Software Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a Software Developer do?

Software Developers will write, reformat and test code that they have written for software applications on a daily basis. Software developers work with various stakeholders, internally and externally, to understand application requirements in order to implement and build.

Day to day tasks of a Software Developer

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Software Developer definition

Software Developers primary responsibilities are to design, program, document and test pieces of software of systems that they make. Often software developers work in teams where they will contribute small components that when all pulled together comprises the final software product. They are responsible for the entire development process.

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Software 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 Software Developer

A Software Developer must think about the end user when writing their code in order to ensure user experience is positive. They must be excellent communicators as they are required to collaborate with many teams, and need to be able to look at the bigger picture when creating software and solving problems.

Pro Tip

It’s imperative to test Software Developers technical and soft skills. They will be required to write and execute code, as well as liaise with a range of people and manage large amounts of information.


How to write a Software 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 Software 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 Software Developer must be a very good critical thinker and a high level of problem solving skills.

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Sample skill tests for a Software Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Audio

You are having a meeting with the CEO (who is non-technical) about an upcoming partnership with another platform. They are struggling to understand how our platform will be able to plug into the other without creating a whole new software.
Please explain an API to a non-technical person.

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Question 2


Question Type: Code

Write some python code to print all the prime numbers between two input variables, we will label them as var1 and var2.
Eg: var1 = 4 and var2 = 12.
= [5, 7, 11]

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Question 3


Question Type: Multiple Choice

What is the purpose of the function ‘function.identity()’?


How to interview a Software 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 Software Developer?

The USA average for a Software Developer is $95,004 according to whilst the average on is reported as $106,013. As reported by, the lowest ten percent are paid up to $51,000, and whilst ninety percent of software developers earn up to $106,000.

Software Developer Salary United States

In the USA a software developer gets paid between $51,000 – $106,000 (USD) per year. This number will be heavily influenced by the location of the company, eg: Silicon Valley.

Software Developer Salary United Kingdom

Software Developers in the UK have salaries ranging from £24,000 – £66,000 (GBP). This salary will mostly be based on what industry the organisation operates in.

Software Developer Salary Australia

In Australia you can expect the salary for a Software developer to be between $60,000 and $130,000 (AUD). The three main factors of this salary will be, location, seniority and industry of the organisation.