So you're about ready to interview Magento developers? Do what most business owners don't. Ask hard questions. Doing so will give you a boost in confidence when you're ready to pull the hiring trigger.
Really? Yes. The biggest mistake you can make is wasting your time speaking with Magento developers who clearly don't have the tech or language skills to manage your project.
Magento Developers Question #1
Do you have bona fide case studies and testimonials of past client work?
What you're looking for are reasons to consider them credible. The problem many companies face is investing time considering a contractor who lacks verifiable, real-world experience. Often it's when the person is offshore working part-time. Or as we like to call it, 'dabbling' in Magento.
Look for at least 6-12 references and exactly what type of work was done for the client. Video case studies are always good.
Magento Developers Question #2
What is a unit test? How about recursion? Even better, how would you approach a Magento downgrade? What are the pillars of OOP?
The idea is to weed out poorly skilled Magento developers quickly. Simply asking how many years they've been working in Magento isn't enough. Instead, focus on testing their tech know-how. Then verify it analyzing their work history and references.
Here's a few more test questions for your shortlist of Magento developers when interviewing...
- When you're doing unit testing, what's your process to test and why?
- What's your opinion of Modman and have you used in any of your projects?
- Are you able to speak via Skype or telephone daily?
The communication thing is really paramount to your project success. The last thing you need (or want) is to be chasing someone for answers via email.
Magento Developers Question #3
What about bug fixes?
This tiny little question will save you eons of frustration. Learn more about our Magento developers. All coders know bug fixes are part of the process. Do they offer unlimited repairs at no charge? Hopefully so. We sure do:-).
We've all seen sites firing on cylinders for years. Then an issue arises. Suddenly you're desperate to get it resolved. Who do you turn to? Often Magento developers stay in business long-term only if they're good, have a proven track record and an exceptional customer service mentality. Those that aren't doing real Magento work full-time usually go MIA. The last thing you want is to suffer through interviewing even more developers to fix your bugs.
These questions will help you interview your Magento developers.