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Building the right tech team requires a lot more than coding skills. Recent layoffs mean there’s great talent out there. But who’s right for your needs?

With the recent string of high-profile layoffs, tech entrepreneurs may be looking to scoop up talent and fill long-vacant developer roles. For startups with limited runway, hiring the right people is absolutely critical. But how can founders evaluate applicants effectively?

Candidates also need to be able to work collaboratively with others and foster a positive team culture. To identify these skills, you might ask them to describe a time when they had to resolve a conflict within their team, or complete a project under intense deadline pressure.

Over the past five years, I’ve hired hundreds of developers and maintained a 93 percent retention rate, even through the heart of the Great Resignation. Along the way, I’ve developed an intensive, detailed hiring process that consistently puts the right candidates in the right jobs.


Without the necessary tech skills, of course, going further with a candidate is pointless. But this is just the first step.

It’s relatively easy to find out if someone can write code or not. Putting candidates through a series of certifications and core assessments will tell you whether they have a sufficient technical understanding.

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