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How to Hire the Right PHP Developers

Aiesha Hasan Apr 17, 2017

If you asked to describe PHP in one word, it would be ubiquitous. Means it’s everywhere. And so are the PHP people, who develop with it. So how can you find an expert PHP developer among all those who claim to “know” the language? This blog here will give you the answer.
PHP is used in more than 80 percent of the websites and applications as a server side language. It is used in more than 80 percent of all the web projects, and with PHP 7 just around the corner, it is only going to rule the web world.

Finding an average PHP developer is not that much difficult. However, mastering this language requires a lot of time and effort, and if it’s the professional few you’re looking for, you will definitely need to design a flawless interview process.

Writing down interview questions, it’s difficult to maintain a balance: you want to test your candidates’ problem-solving and error-resolving ability, but not torture them with a long list of boring, irrelevant questions and potentially drive them away.

Here are some ways to follow while hiring the right PHP Developers.

1: Ask Basics Questions:

While you don’t want to irritate your candidates with a standard interview routine, asking one or two basic questions form them won’t hurt anyone. You need to ensure that the candidate must have a good understanding of PHP and how it’s used in the development process.

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2: Ask Specific Questions:

Some of those specific questions will largely depend on the kind of knowledge and skills your project requires. Write down the list of sample PHP interview questions which will help to evaluate the candidate’s expertise. The list should contain server-side, database, and client-side related topics.

3: Ask About their Past Projects:

It’s important to know what they did on their past projects. However, the project may seem very impressive, but the part they played in them might not be. Ask them their contributions in the project.
Keep in mind that they could have worked under NDA, so if their answers sound little fuzzy, it doesn’t mean you should drop them from the list of your potential hires immediately.

4: Ask them some Non-Technical Queries:

Developers sometimes need to explain things to other developers and non-developers the same, and making them talk about something they find interesting can tell you a whole lot about how they communicate, which is no less important than their PHP skills.

5: Check the Candidate Code:

There are few ways to check their coding style. You can use coding tests available online, but ensure that they are real world coding challenges and not some standard “textbook” problems. And in the alternate, you can take their small trial.
Do remember, it’s not the final code that matters here. You just want to check how your candidate does the task and get the opportunity to review their work before handing them your precious project.

Wrapping Up

You’ll come across many who claim to be the “experts” of PHP, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good fit for your project.
So make sure you know very clearly what skill set you would like your PHP programmer to possess, what frameworks you are planning to use, and what exactly the ultimate goal of your project is. Use these as guidelines, and, hopefully, hiring the right PHP developers to build your web application will become a little easier.

Aiesha Hasan

Aiesha Hasan

Digital Content Producer at Arpatech
Aiesha Hasan is a Web Developer and a Digital Content Creator. She likes to keep in touch with the latest technology in the world and educate people about it.
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