Unless your company has no intention of conducting any business over the Internet, you’ve likely felt the impact of the work of PHP developers do on a daily basis. PHP is an open source language that’s maintained by a group of volunteers, and although you can technically write PHP code in a simple text editor, it’s a powerful technology that many organizations rely on for everything ranging from creating user interfaces to accepting usernames and passwords on a website. Considering that the applications they build are vital to many teams across your entire organization, it’s no secret that they’re in high demand. To help you stand out from the competition, here are a few things to keep in mind when you're hiring PHP developers.
PHP developers are no exception to the fact that technical candidates just don’t spend a lot of time on popular social media websites. It’s also no secret that knowing where they go to learn and share their information is a great place to start when you’re trying to get a leg up on the competition. They turn to sites like the PHP Developer’s Network, PHP Freaks, and the PHP Builder forum to stay up to date on the latest trends and commiserate with other programmers who are tackling the same challenges. Additionally, the PHP tag on Stack Overflow is one of the most frequently used on the entire site, thanks in large part to a vibrant and active community.
As always, avoid being too aggressive about recruiting developers on these sites. Start by taking a sincere interest in what they’re working on, and ask questions about the PHP topics and trends they’re discussing. Building this level of rapport will pay huge dividends whenever you need to hire a PHP developer.
We’ve given you a basic understanding of what a PHP developer thinks about on a daily basis. However, you can start even more engaging conversations with candidates by going even further to know the unique challenges their teams rely on them to tackle. Don’t put too much pressure to learn every single detail, but here are a few things that you should know about the day-to-day challenges they face.
Knowing the basics we've covered will go a long way towards equipping you to recruit and hire a PHP developer. Knowing what they look for in new jobs will help set you apart from the competition even further. We spoke to Ben Hamment, a Senior Web Developer at ApplinSkinner, about what’s important to him when he considers new PHP roles.