Daniel S. Billing

Hiring the Person, Not Just the Code: A Perspective from a Backend Lead

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As the Backend Lead in our dynamic tech industry, I've had the privilege of being involved in the hiring process for new Backend Developers. Over time, I've come to realize that it's not just about finding someone who can write code proficiently, but rather, finding someone who can bring more to the table.

In today's tech landscape, it's become increasingly common for companies to rely heavily on technical tests during hiring. While these tests can certainly assess a candidate's ability to perform a specific task, they often overlook other crucial aspects like teamwork, communication, and adaptability.

I firmly believe that when hiring for a Backend Developer role, we should look beyond just the code. It's essential to gauge the person's passion for technology, problem-solving abilities, and curiosity to explore new concepts. These qualities are often far more valuable than a specific skill set, as they indicate a candidate's potential to thrive in our ever-evolving industry.

Our company strives to create a supportive and collaborative work environment. Therefore, we seek individuals who not only possess technical expertise but also exhibit traits such as adaptability, creativity, and a desire to constantly improve themselves.

When we hire someone, we're not just looking for a temporary fix to a specific problem. We're investing in their growth and development as an integral part of our team. We value diversity, different perspectives, and unique experiences because we understand the immense value they bring to our company.

In conclusion, as a Backend Lead, it's vital for me and my team to hire the right person rather than simply focusing on their ability to write code. By looking beyond technical tests and considering the individual as a whole, we can build a team that not only excels in their skills but also fosters innovation, collaboration, and continual growth.

Let's prioritise hiring people for who they are, what they can become, and how they can contribute to our company's success. Together, we can create a workplace culture that values individuals and their potential, ultimately driving us towards even greater achievements.