Hiring React.js Developers: Building a high-performance team

React.js is the most popular JavaScript library, used by the top one million websites. This popularity can make hiring React.js developers a challenge. Companies like Meta, PayPal, Netflix, and others are competing for talented React.js developers and offering big salaries to entice new hires to sign on. In the US, React.js developers make an average of about $100K per year. 

Fortunately, the market for React.js developers has expanded with the normalization of remote work. There are many qualified technologists outside the US with experience and advanced React.js skills. The trick is to find the right individuals who can build a high-performing, successful team for your company. 

Hiring React.js developers is not just about their technical skills; look for candidates who can work well with your team and align with your project's goals. As you think about hiring React.js developers, here are a few things to consider. 

Define the React.js job description

Before you dive into sourcing, it helps to have a clear picture of the skills and level of experience your ideal new hire will have. To define the React.js job description, consider the company’s needs. Clearly outline your project's goals, scope, and technical requirements. 

Your technical requirements will likely include: 

  • Proficiency in React.js
  • A solid understanding of JavaScript (essential as React.js is built on top of it)
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Experience working with databases
  • Knowledge of npm registry and other back-end technologies 
  • Knowledge of cloud computing platforms 
  • Knowledge of version control systems for collaboration and code management
  • Familiarity with testing frameworks to ensure code quality
  • Experience with integrating APIs into React.js applications, including RESTful APIs

If you’re not sure exactly what you need, we can help. Our engineering team will deep-dive with you to fully understand your technical needs, culture, and strategic route. 

Best practices for writing a React.js Developer job description

Candidates spend an average of 11 hours a week looking for a new job. That’s a lot of job descriptions to read! You’ll want to make your React.js job description thorough, but concise to stand out from the crowd. 

Your job description should include the following: 

  •  job title
  • overview of the company/needs
  • role and responsibilities
  • benefits and salary information
  • a link to apply 

Keep buzzwords to a minimum and include only the most pertinent requirements and responsibilities. Job descriptions with a laundry list of responsibilities tend to discourage diverse candidates from applying. 

Finally, define any time zone expectations, salary range, or language requirements that will help the candidate determine if they are the right fit for the role. 

Source top React.js professionals

With your React.js developer job description ready to go, it’s time to start recruiting applicants. Consider reaching out to existing and former employees, as well as others in your professional network, for referrals. 

If you’re looking to speed up the sourcing process, we can help. Our network of skilled React.js developers makes it 70% faster to hire compared to other tech recruiting approaches, delivering results in as little as 48 hours. 

Best practices for testing React.js developer skills

No matter where you source your pool of React.js developers, it’s important to test their skills. A React.js skills test can reveal if someone has the right experience to join your team. 

A skill assessment should start by reviewing the candidate’s programmer portfolio. Assess past projects to gauge their experience, coding style, and problem-solving abilities. Then, set up a test commensurate with their level of experience. 

  • Assign a sample coding test: Set a task that allows the candidate to demonstrate their coding proficiency and problem-solving skills. 
  • Organize a live coding session: Observe their real-time coding and decision-making process under pressure.
  • Test for soft skills: Check out our guide, What goes into finding talent with "the best fit?" to learn more about hiring someone who can easily integrate with your team culture. 

Andela performs skill assessments for technical competence and English proficiency to ensure quality. Our acquisition of Qualified.io makes Andela Qualify the only performance-based platform that uses real-world work simulations to predict on-the-job performance. It excels in assessing fit across technical coding abilities and incorporates evaluations across soft skills, so you can hire with confidence.

Read more: How to Hire React.js Native Developers: A Comprehensive Guide

Host job interviews

Following an assessment of React.js developer skills,  you’ll want to conduct job interviews with your top candidates. These interviews are a chance to meet remote workers, understand their communication style, and assess their culture fit. Additionally, high-performing teams are collaborative; hosting an interview sets the tone for open, frequent communication and the expectation that someone is prepared to chat live from wherever they work. 

Job interviews also give React.js developers a chance to ask more about your company. The kinds of questions candidates ask can say as much about how they’ll fit into a team as the answers they provide to your questions. Candidates who ask questions are more likely to be engaged with their work and ready to join your team. 

Hire React.js developers faster with Andela

At Andela, we’ve completed over 4,000 successful job placements — with a 96% talent match success rate — helping more than 600 clients hire with confidence. Part of our success has to do with asking the right questions: Will this person thrive in this environment? Will they fit with the team and company culture? Will they be empowered to reach their professional career goals? 

To find out more about working with Andela and how we can help with hiring React.js developers, get in touch with us today. 

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