How to find experienced React Native developers

If you’re starting a new project or building a mobile application, React Native likely pops up as an option when deciding which tech stack to use. As a cross-platform tool, it’s a cost-effective alternative to native apps, as you don’t need to have two development teams: one for IOS and another for Android.

All good so far. But, how can you find experienced React Native developers that can bring your idea to life?

Should you hire a freelancer?
A permanent in-house developer?
Or an experienced React Native developer from a trusted software development partner?

If you already asked yourself any of these questions, keep reading. It’s what we’ll cover below.

Why is it so hard to hire React Native developers?

But why is hiring a React Native developer so difficult?

A lot of job search platforms (finding a needle in a barn)

The rise of cross-platform apps vs native apps

The urgency behind the projects

The “Bermudas triangle” (as we call it)

As there are no perfect companies, there are no flawless candidates. As you look for perfection, you might come across different personalities, experiences, and technical backgrounds. What is often called cultural fit means finding a balance between the company values, what is expected from the mentioned position, and how easy it would be for a new team member to feel onboarded. Which skill are you going to value the most? An impressive experience? A humble yet confident attitude? Or an in-depth knowledge of React Native? We believe it is a mix of these three skills, in the right doses.

Why do you need to hire a React Native developer?

Let’s take a look at three typical case scenarios where you can probably link your company to:

Scenario 1: Early-stage startup

Scenario 2: Native to Cross-platform app

Scenario 3: Web product to mobile application

Scenario 4: You have the product, the team, but lack the background in React Native

For each of these scenarios, there’s an ideal way to promptly hire your talented React Native developers while guaranteeing an ideal skill set. Searching for the right talents can be daunting, especially in an industry like software development with such high demand. But it doesn’t always have to be like this. Especially if you know your options.

How to find trusted React Native developers?

1. Hire an in-house React Native developer on your own

Pros:

  • You can control the whole process;
  • The developer will be part of your team, sharing your culture and getting involved in the long term projects;

Cons:

  • Time-consuming (screening and interviewing candidates);
  • Competitive industry (high demand for React Native developers, which makes it harder to find the right person);
  • High-risk for a bad fit, as your budget or process are not tunned

2. Hire a freelancer React Native developer

Pros:

  • Cost-effective for short term projects;
  • Public reviews from other companies which eases the initial screening process;

Cons:

  • Time-consuming (as you still need to conduct interviews);
  • Lack of engagement as this person will not be entirely part of the team;

3. Contract a React Native expert from a trusted partner (software development company)

Pros:

  • Easier Integration with an In-House Development Crew: companies have a development process and can adapt or improve yours. (freelancers and new team members will spend considerable time finding out how to work together as a team.
  • More flexibility, as the days invoiced depend only on the number of days dedicated to your project. (time and materials monthly invoice)
  • Higher code quality & overall quality levels. Working with an experienced team has the big plus of getting meaningful advice on the best direction to go or on the best way to do it to avoid costly mistakes.
  • Faster hiring process, as React Native developers are ready to join your team remotely.
  • Higher scrutiny, since companies have a reputation to maintain as a brand (while a freelancer platform delegates this reputation to the freelancer itself)

Cons:

  • For some, the budget may be a concern as you might think that extending your team with a React Native developer from an expert software development company can be more expensive than an in-house developer or a freelancer. It also depends on the number of hours required from one developer and if the project is short or long term.

To partner with a software development company saves you time and money when you decide to hire a React Native developer.

Why are we so picky when hiring React Native developers?

According to Glassdoor, it takes 120 candidates to make one engineering hire. Over the years, and learning from our own mistakes, our HR designed a process that ensures we can reduce our margin error in the hiring process. After releasing the job offer and spreading the word, this is how our recruitment process looks like:

Phase 1: Basic technical assessment (to ensure that the knowledge baseline that we need is there or not)

Phase 2: Interview to make sure there’s a fit with the company’s values, team, and culture.

Phase 3: Technical assessment suited to the role

Some might say that we’re picky, but we do it intentionally. We want to make sure that we’re hiring a person that shares our vision of creating digital products that improve people’s lives while being skilled at it. For this reason, when hiring a React Native developer that will later join a client’s team to build a mobile application, our specialized HR team works together with our Senior developers that conduct all the technical interviews. Our retention speaks for itself: 91% in 2019.

What our clients say about our team

Find experienced React Native developers with a software development partner

While it can be time-consuming to hire on your own or make sure a freelancer has all that takes to perform well, recurring to a software development partner can be extremely helpful when:

  • You have a new product to develop in a short time to market, and you can’t invest a lot of time in a recruitment process from scratch;
  • You don’t have a lot of experience hiring React Native developers, such as designing and conducting technical assessments, that are essential to evaluate the candidates’ performance;
  • Your company is at a very early stage. You need experienced professionals that can not only boost your software development but also provide meaningful advice on how to perform;
  • You need a React Native developer for only a few months or short term, where you don’t really need to hire in-house React Native developers.

At Imaginary Cloud, we have the best React Native developers in Portugal. We’re the #1 software development company in Portugal by The Manifest and we delivered more than 100 projects over the last ten years.

In need of React Native developers to build a mobile app or help you with an existing project? Get in touch!

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Originally published at https://www.imaginarycloud.com on August 13, 2020.

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