A software engineer is responsible for the planning, building and development of any software, programs or applications that a business requires. A software engineer must liaise with other members of the business to understand the business’ needs and the desired outcomes that the software would achieve, before working towards successfully making the systems. Their main task is to grasp an understanding of why the software is needed, and architect plans and solutions to meet these needs.
A software engineer must be well versed in software and programming languages, and be able to keep up to date with changing software requirements and updates. They are able to apply engineering concepts to create the software to solve business needs, and understand how coding works to implement the most productive and effective solutions to create the new software or programs. They must not only create the software, but also maintain it long term to ensure any bugs are fixed and do not cause disruptions to users, employees and customers.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Meet with team members to understand the needs that the software must address.
- Plan, design, build and test software/applications.
- Help train other employees in how to use the software.
- Maintain software and update when need be.
- Work quickly to fix bugs.
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 Software Engineer
Most organisations will require a software engineer to have obtained a tertiary qualification such as a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, computer programming, software development, software engineering, or another related field. It is also favourable that a software engineer has relevant industry experience, and has had previous training. There are some common skills required for this position.
It is essential that a software engineer has excellent problem solving skills. They must be competent at troubleshooting and solving problems in a relaxed yet efficient manner, and look at problems from multiple angles in order to come up with solutions. They must have a strong technical understanding to resolve issues and bugs when they arise, and do not give up until the issue is fixed.
A software engineer must also have strong communication skills. They must be able to liaise effectively with various personnel including technical staff, internal stakeholders and clients, as well as be able to explain technical issues in an easy to understand language. They must communicate any issues or delays in projects as soon as they arise, and be transparent in all conversations with internal and external stakeholders.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Software 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, main coding language, network configurations or software that the software 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
Question Type: Doc
What is your process of managing multiple projects that are at various stages of progress to ensure you stay on top? Please outline this in the document below.
Question Type: Text
Describe a time where you had to make a critical decision to solve a problem you were facing. What was the outcome?
Question Type: Video
Tell me about the most enjoyable project you have worked on. How did you contribute to the success of the project?
Interview guide for a Software 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.