How soft skills influence hiring remote developers

Iva Kozlovskaya | July 30, 2018

How soft skills influence hiring remote developers
What comes first to your mind when you think about a job description for your new team member? I bet it is a list of technologies: 5+ years of experience in PHP, system architecture, web-servers Apache, Nginx, etc. Any soft skills? Let’s tell the truth, they are usually copied from the other vacancies. Hardly any recruiter things of finding a developer who is good at writing or planning. Are soft skills really so important? If you don’t care who to work with, then no, they aren’t. If you want smooth and efficient processes, then the answer is yes. Especially if we talk about remote work that makes soft skills are 4 times more important. The truth is that soft skills are as important as background and experience. Let’s consider planning and writing. When you hire a remote team, you cannot control it in the way you do it with you in-house workers. But you need the work done no matter how close are your employees. What you can do is to hire independent and self-aware people. They know how to plan their day so that commit a task in time. You won’t spend much time watching them and instead will get more things done. Writing? It often surprises recruiters because they need “a developer, not a storyteller”. But when it comes to communication in messengers and chats, they get why the ability to express the idea in written form matters so much. It appears that outstanding speakers cannot string a sentence together. Turning a blind eye to soft skills leads to. Imagine the situation when soft skills are rejected and only developers’ experience matters. Later it will lead to the following issues within the company:

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