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Post by Rich Moy on Jan 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

C# is a widely used language that was developed by Microsoft in the year 2000. Their goal was to give developers a powerful language that’s modern, flexible, and object-oriented. The result is a language that is universally considered to be one of the most popular programming languages today. It should be no surprise that because of C#’s popularity, it can be especially difficult to find candidates who are capable of writing quality code. To help you stand out in this crowded market, here are a few tips to keep in mind whenever you need to hire a C# developer. 

Know Where to Find Them

Not only is C# widely used, it also boasts some of the most active online communities of developers. Having developed the language, Microsoft also hosts a forum for developers to share knowledge and engage with other people who use C# on a daily basis. Developers also turn to sites like the C# Developer Forums, Dream.In.Code, and C# Forum. Additionally, C# is one of the most heavily used tags on the Stack Overflow Q&A platform.

While it’s a good start to know where to find C# programmers, it’s also important to remember that they’re turning to forums like these primarily to get information. Just as you would during a face-to-face conversation with a developer at a hackathon, stay focused on being social on a developer forum before you discuss any roles you’re looking to fill.

Know the Challenges They Tackle Everyday

Based on the popularity of C#, it wouldn’t be surprising if you have a hiring manager or two breathing down your neck to hire C# developers as quickly as you can find them. However, if you’re like most people, that’s probably the extent of what you know about the typical C# programmer. To help you stand out when you’re engaging with top tech candidates, here are three challenges they tackle on a daily basis.

  1. Translate business needs into reliable and reusable C# code. The best C# developers are sought after for their ability to understand a company’s objectives and create web applications that support them. C# programming requires a great deal of flexibility and empathy to to the needs of various teams while ensuring quality code that can also be reused for future applications in the future.
  2. Document code and technical processes. Not only are C# programmers responsible for writing good code, but it’s also up to them to document that code to be reused in the future. Additionally, companies often turn to them to document all the technical processes that ultimately resulted in the production of an application.
  3. Determine software and database architecture for future applications. Anyone working with C# should be able to identify the technology that supports your business applications today. However, they should be just as concerned about supporting future applications and software needs.

Know What Gets Them Excited About Coming to Work

Understanding the common interests and challenges shared by anyone tasked with writing great applications in C# is a great start. However, you can set yourself apart even more by learning what makes a C# developer excited to come to work. We spoke with Dean Ward, a Web Developer here at Stack Overflow, who told us about the things he’s particularly interested in.

  1. Projects that make a tangible difference. Ward told us that whether he’s working on a project to improve the overall user experience or simply fixing a bug that has been a pain point for someone, he especially enjoys building things that make a clear difference in the world.

  2. Opportunities to learn new technologies. Ward says that he thinks you can mix and match different programming languages for full-stack development. He adds, “A position working on new technology and platforms would grab my attention more than if it was the status quo.”

We've just started to scratch the surface about the things they do on a daily basis. However, this knowledge will give you a handful of talking points that make you stand out when it comes time to recruit and hire a C# developer. 

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