Thinking of hiring a Full Stack Developer? Curious of all the things a Full Stack Developer even can do? Perhaps you are simply wondering what skills to look for in a full-time Full Stack Developer in order to achieve all your current goals and immediate needs. As always, BorderlessMind is here to help.
First off, we should clarify that a Full Stack Developer can be a broad-sweeping term. In general terms, a Full Stack Developer is someone who understands and can work on both the back- and front-end of systems. Essentially, it is someone who has a certain level of expertise in all technologies across all platforms. Think developing software, coding languages, or even managing databases. Things like that.
Now before you get overwhelmed, allow us to put your mind at ease. Because as you might imagine, with a proper understanding of what they can do, hiring a Full Stack Developer can be relatively painless…if you know what to look for in a candidate. So, with that in mind, let us explore the wide-spanning skillset of these talented full-stack professionals and try to discover what specific programs and applications you need to succeed for your continued business growth.
Obviously, technology is constantly evolving, and so too does a Full Stack Developer’s skills. In short, the best Full Stack Developers are open to ongoing learning as high-tech development continues to raise the bar and go even higher. However, here is what we know are the trending skills businesses are looking for in 2022:
Back-End Technologies – Here is where the technologies start to vary a little more. These are the frameworks and languages that will help make your site run efficiently, effectively, and help store all your data along the way. There are many different back-end languages from which your Full Stack Developer can work, but you should look for the ones that are at least well practiced (and talented) in a few of the following:
These languages are sure to evolve in due time but are critical skills to look for when hiring a Full Stack Developer who can write reusable, testable, and efficient code today. In fact, a Java Developer was ranked as the #1 Best Job in America for 2021. And guess what? You will find that most talented Full Stack Developers have many of the above skills already.
Those skills listed above are incredibly important of course, but also demonstrably common in the tech world. No, to be an in-demand Full Stack Developer, you will want to be on the lookout for qualified candidates who haven’t taken their skillset even further. This is where we get into the specialization areas of a Full Stack Developer. You probably want an expert in one of the following highly technical proficiencies, and you will be on your way to achieving and exceeding your immediate initiative in no time at all.
GitHub is Git’s right-hand man. It is a cloud-based repository hosting service for Git, where code is shared with others on the cross-functional team so they can easily make any suggestions, edits, or adjustments. Supplementary features like Additional Security, Advanced Databases, the Learning Lab, and plenty more, can also be found in the GitHub Marketplace.
SourceTree is a free Git client for both Windows and Macs. Extremely user friendly, it is basically the connection between the user and a Git. Featuring an easy-to-use, built-in system, it allows new users to grasp repository quite easily. Yet at the same time, more advanced developers will enjoy the technology because it allows them to write their code and get the job done. Not a bad thing for you to look for in a candidate.
So, what would a Full Stack Developer need to know? Well, there are a myriad of databases used for this goal. But for the purpose of this exercise, common databases include SQL Server, MongoDB, Oracle, and Redis. There are plenty more of course. Full Stack Developers should at least be an expert in a few, with some familiarity in as many as possible.
Smart businesses – and the most successful ones – look beyond the resume when searching for the right Full Stack Developer for their team. A Full Stack Developer may know every program, every language, and every emerging application, but if they cannot play well with others, their time on these interdisciplinary teams may be extremely limited and unfortunately ineffective. Do not let this happen to you. Get it right the first time. Look for the following intangibles to distinguish the right Full Stack Developer from the pool of extremely talented Full Stack Developers you will ultimately interview to make sure they fit and are on board with your vision.
Interpersonal Skills – Probably the most significant skill on this list. And justifiably so. Because a Full Stack Developer is involved with so many moving parts and aspects of a website and their various applications, keep in mind that they will have to collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders at every level and vertical. To survive and thrive, clear communication is paramount to their success – and yours. But you know what matters even more is their ability to listen, take constructive criticism, and be open to your new ideas and suggestions along the way.
Basic Design Skills – While it may not be a Full Stack Developer’s job to make a site look pretty, design can and will occasionally interfere with functionality. Find a Full Stack Develop who is able to create wireframe examples of the user interface, as solid UX/UI skills will certainly come in handy. Additionally, it can hurt to be on the lookout for those adepts in a few design platforms like Adobe InDesign or CorelDraw to make this happen. You will not regret it.
Budget & Deadline Management – You may laugh, but seemingly simple things like being mindful of financial confines and proposed milestones are often ignored by Full Stack Developers who have tunnel vision on getting the job done right. You want your Full Stack Developer to get it right the first time, while staying within the budget and hitting your deadlines to your satisfaction. And if something comes up and they cannot, see overlooked skill #1.
Seems trivial, but if your Full Stack Developer is adept at general project management in this manner, oftentimes you will find yourself rewarding at the end of the project – and be more likely to consider this Full Stack Developer for future endeavors.
Multitasking Skills – This is obviously another no-brainer skill to look for in a Full Stack Developer, but the wearing many hats does need to be accentuated in your search. Full Stack Developers are often (okay, always) pulled in multiple directions on a daily basis. They usually never experience a dull moment or downtime, so you will want one that can not only multitask, but also excel at juggling new challenges as they arise.
Keep in mind that this is a developed skill, however. While being able to prioritize requests and doing multiple actions at once might be a part of your job description, not every Full Stack Developer is skilled in the manner. Remember, these professionals are usually involved with all aspects of your project and will be in high demand at every stage of development. Make sure your candidate is up for the task.
Staying Up to Date – While this skill matters less on a project-to-project basis, in general terms, it is central to having a long-term and successful Full Stack Developer on your team.
We do not need to tell you that technology is always evolving constantly and quickly. Today’s programs, languages, and applications are frequently updated with advancements to make a Full Stack Developer’s life easier and more efficient. Unfortunately, this can make staying up to date with the latest and greatest more difficult.
It might help to set aside some time each month for them to research current happenings in their industry and yours. Have them join as many groups as they can on social media. Encourage them to subscribe to newsletters. And of course, feel free to frequently direct them to our blogs for any additional updates and insights.
This is admittedly a lot to take in, but a lot is required when searching for the right Full Stack Developer. While rather unfair, oftentimes Full Stack Developers are expected to know it all. No one can of course, so if you focus on the core skills of a Full Stack Developer – and look for a specific specialist in a few – you will find the right Full Stack Develop who outshines and outclasses the rest of the field. BorderlessMind can help you as well.
We hope to hear from you soon. But most of all, good luck. The right Full Stack Developer is indeed out there. In fact, BorderlessMind has many top-tier candidates available for you to consider as you read this. If you now know what core skills to look for in your future Full Stack Developer to fit your immediate goals and business needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.