Hiring a good Buildbox developer can sometimes become a Herculean task, especially when you are new to the industry and don’t know much on how things work.
However, even an experienced person was once a newbie; so as an employer you shouldn’t be ashamed of your ignorance, especially when you are paying decent sums of money to your would-be Buildbox developer.
Here’s how you should go about hiring a good Buildbox developer:
1) Go thoroughly through their portfolios
Portfolios aren’t inanimate things; they speak loudly enough about a person’s skill set, the kind of projects they have worked on before and in a way the hardwork they have put in whatever they have pursued so far.
However, portfolios too like general CVs can be overstated and faked (to some extent). So you simply can’t judge a book by its cover, which brings us to our next point.
2) Discuss your project requirements and see if they provide any inputs
If they have really done what their impressive portfolio says then they would generally be keen to suggest their ideas, the route and the methodology that they would follow to complete the project before the deadline.
If during the interview, the prospect sitting opposite to you is felling shy or hesitant – due to any reason like introvert disposition, fear of suggesting new ideas or simply lack of knowledge or interest – cutting the interview short and moving on to the next candidate on your list should be your ideal move.
3) Play their existing games
This is perhaps the easiest, most significant and often overlooked step. Could there be a better option to judge someone’s talent than just downloading a game and playing it once to see if they have what you’re looking for?
4) Check if they are a team player
Developing games is more than skills and talent. No matter how good a person is with the development part, it perhaps wouldn’t be of much good if they don’t get on well with other team members. Egotistical issues within the team will only lead to missed deadlines, irrational resignations, workplace chaos and a huge loss to the company.
To check if your prospect Buildbox developer is a team player, you could either collect their feedback from former employers or come up with innovative tasks that could reveal their ‘team quotient’ during the interview.
5) Ask them if they can provide documentations
These documentations are highly useful to a new Buildbox developer who has to make changes to an already existing game. Not all developers are good and comfortable at providing the documentation, so it is always a wise thing to let them know that you’d be requiring the same for every project.
6) If hiring a freelancer, make sure they aren’t further outsourcing projects
The freelance market is infamous for a number of reasons. One such reason for its notoriety is the ‘outsourcing loops’ that many freelancers resort to. It might not be bad, but it is at least unethical and often leads to a mismatch in terms of what was promised and what was delivered.
Have a look at the below example to better understand what such outsourcing loops mean.
Suppose you are a client and you pick freelancer ‘A’ for your project because of his/her positive reviews, now this ‘A’ has a lot of projects under his belt so there is perhaps no human way, ‘A’ would be able to deliver them all in time. So this ‘A’ does only the most important of jobs (maybe from his fixed clients) and outsources the rest of the projects to ‘B’ and ‘C’ who in most probability aren’t as skilled as ‘A’. If in case ‘C’ too has a lot of projects in hands, your project is further outsourced to ‘D’, who is now essentially your game developer.
The worst thing that often happens in such chaos is the quality of the final delivery, which is, most of the times, really below expectations.
Buildbox developers typically charge anything between $10-$30/hour, but the prices may vary depending on the expertise and the marketplace. If you are new to hiring, make sure that you don’t end up paying unnecessarily high for even the most basic of projects.
Now since you have read the entire post, we think you’d better understand what exactly to look for in your next Buildbox developer, whether a full-time employee or a freelance developer. The key to hiring the best of talent lies in going slowly and surely until you’re a pro at the process.