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How To Hire a SQL Developer

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

SQL Developer Recruitment Guide

What does a SQL Developer do?

A SQL developer is responsible for developing SQL databases and ensuring applications are working properly. They will be required to design different tables storing data, and functions.  Their primary responsibility is designing databases using SQL.

Day to day tasks of a SQL Developer

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SQL Developer definition

A SQL developer is a business professional who specialises in using the programming language 'Structured Query Language’ in order to design, implement and maintain databases that applications will use.

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SQL 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 SQL Developer

A SQL Developer must be highly proficient in writing SQL statements. This must also be paired with their knowledge of database security ensuring the data is not tampered with by the wrong person.

Pro Tip

Ensure the candidate has strong knowledge of database security and ways to prevent common mistakes which lead to the data being manipulated by the wrong people for harmful reasons.


How to write a SQL 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 SQL 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 SQL Developer must know what an SQL injection attack is.

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Sample skill tests for a SQL Developer

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Question 1


Question Type: Multiple Choice

You are creating a table where you want to ensure that the ‘Sno’ & ‘ID’ columns have distinct values and records do not have Null or Blank entries. What will be the correct syntax for this?

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Question 2


Question Type: Multiple Choice

In your database, you have a heap table. For the past few days, you have been facing performance issues while performing search operations on the table. After analysis, you get to know that it is a “Forwarding Pointers Issue”, How will you resolve it?

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Question 3

Problem Solving

Question Type: Video

Describe a complicated problem you have had to deal with at work. How did you go about solving it?


How to interview a SQL 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 SQL Developer?

The US average for a SQL developer is $87,246 according to, whilst the salary reported on is $86,311. According to, ninety percent of SQL developers will take home upto $105,000 and the lowest ten percent will be paid up to $51,000. Furthermore, lists the median salary to only be $79,000.

SQL Developer Salary United States

An SQL Developers salary in the United states ranges from $51,000 – $105,000 (USD. This salary will rely on the location of operations of the organisation and the responsibility of the developer.

SQL Developer Salary United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom an SQL Developers salaries range from £24,000 and £90,000 (GBP). This would be heavily dependent on the location of the organisation and the nature of work the SQL Developer partakes in.

SQL Developer Salary Australia

An SQL Developer can expect a salary ranging from $71,000 – $140,000 (AUD) in Australia. This salary would have a few major factors, two of them being the seniority and the industry the organisation operates within.