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With our talent network, your digital product is in the best hands available.

What makes us different?

Wide Range Of Experts

Our tech talent network consists of hundreds of on-site talents, off-site collaborators and top software houses. We will pick backend superstars perfectly fitted for your company culture, industry and technology.

Hypergrowth Approach

Our goal is not to simply deliver the project. We will help you build a hypergrowth environment around your technology and your product.

Hollistic Business Support

Even the best alghoritms are just a part of success. We will provide you with interdisciplinary team of tech business talents, from project managers and strategy consultants to sales and marketing experts.

Truly Agile Process

We take the best principles of agile approach to software development and expand it to other project's areas, to ensure the highest efficiency and transparency of our expert's work.

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

JRPass: Marrying web development and business processes support

How to optimize a booking system for a Japanese railway network and increase sales

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Our project manager had things taken care of and their backend developers had great technical abilities. They’ve been the best we’ve had so far!

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Why Do You Need A Talented Back-End Developer?

Improve performance

Deliver a website that loads fast and keeps the customers interested. Pinterest, by decreasing its page load time by 40%, observed a 15% increase in both SEO traffic as well as conversion rate to sign-ups.

Deliver stable product

Make sure your product is always available when the customers need it. With the help of a back-end developer, you can deliver a stable server network that will guarantee you are prepared for any possible crisis.

Secure your customers’ privacy

Shine as a provider of trustworthy and safe services. By meticulously designing and maintaining the transfer of data between you and your customers, back-end developers can help you build secure solutions, safe from intrusion.

Power your strategy with data

Get the data you need to tailor your product to the customers’ needs. Back-end developers can assist in building data pipelines and data tools that will help your analysts create the perfect strategy for your market.

How To Hire a Back-end Developer Perfectly Fitted For Your Project?

Around 50% of devs consider themselves back-end developers — this is one of the key takeouts from the 2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey. It’s a huge number, highlighting how this specialty became the backbone of the whole IT world.

But with such a huge pool of back-end developers for hire available on the market, it might be difficult to pick the right one for your company. Not only their experience may differ but also the actual skills they have, as a website’s back-end can be designed using multiple different technologies. 

That’s why we’ve created this guide on how to hire a back-end developer that will surely get the job done.

Main responsibilities of a back-end developer

Assessing a back-end developer starts with checking whether they are able to handle all the main responsibilities they would have at your company. The tasks of a back-end developer might be slightly different depending on the business they are working for — for example, a young start-up might want to hire a backend developer who is rather a generalist and is able to tackle most of the issues and maintenance by themselves, while a large enterprise often has a group of more specialized devs, each of them focusing on a different part of the back-end.

Most often, however, you will be looking to hire back-end developers who are able to handle the following tasks...

  1. Building and maintaining the server infrastructure of your web product.
  2. Creating and managing databases and data flow.
  3. Improving the web product’s performance from the back-end side.
  4. Reviewing and improving security measures.
  5. Developing the company’s CMS (content management system).
  6. Taking care of data back-ups.
  7. Integrating the web product with the cloud.
  8. Troubleshooting and fixing current bugs.
  9. Delivering reports and extensive analytics (e.g. on the website’s performance or popularity).
  10. Working with front-end developers on integrating their solutions with the back-end.

Crucial back-end developer hard skills

The technical skills your project requires from a back-end developer might differ to what other companies are looking for. This is because there are multiple technologies that IT businesses use for building their web product’s back-ends. You might want to discuss specifics with an IT project manager or a software consultant. However, there are a few key hard skills to consider every time you hire a back-end developer. We have listed those most important ones below.

  1. Proficiency in relevant back-end languages

    Depending on your specific web product, you will need to hire back-end developers with knowledge of a different programming language. Popular choices for the website’s back-end include technologies like Java, Ruby, PHP, and Python.

  2. Experience with the language’s frameworks and libraries

    Frameworks and libraries allow us to significantly speed up the whole development process and deliver results faster. Depending on your programming language choice, your team will most likely use a different framework. For example, the most popular solution for Ruby back-end development is Ruby on Rails while Java devs will use tools like Spring or Play.

  3. Experience with server and database tools

    Maintaining reliable server infrastructure and administering databases is one of the most important parts of a back-end developer’s job, so knowledge of specific tools for these tasks is crucial. For database management, MySQL, MongoDB, and/or Oracle are recommended. When it comes to servers, Apache and Nginx are some of the most popular choices.

  4. Know-how of the front-end technologies

    Although back-end developers don’t primarily focus on the front-end side of a web product, they still do have some contact with it. Because of this, it’s highly advisable to hire a backend developer who has experience and knowledge of the front-end tech used at your company. When it comes to languages, it will most likely be the standard combination of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Different frameworks are used by different businesses though, and the list includes solutions like Angular, React, Vue, and more.

The most useful soft skills for a back-end developer

A set of valuable soft skills will have a positive impact not only on the developer themselves but also on other people within the company, fuelling up innovation and cooperation. And what are the most important soft skills to consider when you plan to hire back-end developers?

  1. Expert time management

    With so many different responsibilities on the plate of a back-end developer, this soft skill is a crucial one. Remember about it especially when you run a young startup with a rather small tech team whose members have to manage themselves.

  2. Approachability

    Being the person responsible for the backbone of a web product, a back-end developer is often approached by colleagues — both with suggestions as well as calls for help. Being able to confront this crowd of requests with a smile and a positive attitude is a soft skill desired in every company.

  3. Researcher attitude

    A huge part of a back-end developer’s job relates to research — both internal (e.g. reviewing server’s behavior) as well as external (e.g. exploring online forums to find new ways of improving site’s performance). That’s why finding a dev who is keen to expand their knowledge is one of the best things that can happen to your company.

Top back-end developer job interview questions

To really well assess the skills of your back-end developer candidate, running a technical job interview is highly recommended. If you’re not yourself proficient in back-end technologies, you should consider asking another back-end dev, a software consultant, or an IT project manager to join you as an interviewer.

What questions can be asked during such an interview? Here are some of our favorite ones.

  1. How would you approach finding the most expensive queries in a web app?
  2. What is eventual consistency?
  3. What is concurrency and why do we need it?
  4. What are the differences between SOA and microservices?
  5. What is lazy loading? How and what for is it achieved?
  6. [Java] StringBuilder vs StringBuffer — what are the differences between these two?
  7. [Java] HashSet, TreeSet, LinkedHashSet — what are they and what are the differences between them?
  8. [Python] What is MRO?
  9. [Python] What is your opinion on monkey patching?
  10. [Rails] What is Rake and what is it used for in Rails?

Hiring back-end developer? Remember about the company fit!

The more your new colleague matches your company, the more positive impact they will have on the whole company. What are the main three areas of a company fit that you should consider when you want to hire back-end developers?

  1. Industry fit

    Previous experience in your industry means a better understanding of the specifics of your target group. This is crucial for developing solutions that really answer the market’s needs.

  2. Product fit

    Even if the product you are developing is a truly unique one, you should think of your potential competitors and their offer. List the features and other things that you find similar between your own and other products, and look for developers who already have experience with working on such solutions. These devs will already have the needed know-how and deliver results faster.

  3. Company culture fit

    Teammates who share similar values are cooperating better with each other and, therefore, deliver better, more reliable products. Think of the values that are the pillars of your company and the vision behind your product and hire back-end developers who are enthusiastic about them.

Beyond back-end development

Back-end is surely the backbone of your web product, but it’s not enough to build an appealing product. You need experienced front-end developers and web designers to create stunning visuals, an IT project manager to take care of budgeting and deadlines, and maybe even a mobile developer who can transfer your product into an app tailored to phones and tablets.

Whoever you might need to develop an awesome product, we can supply you with the right talents. At Ideamotive, we operate a best-in-class network of IT professionals looking for new job opportunities. With us, you always get connected with the perfectly-fitting candidates, matched with your company based on your exact requirements and project specification.

Reach out to us today — let’s take your team to another level.

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