Hiring the right employee is a daunting task, and when it comes to hiring a SharePoint developer, who will have the master key to your web applications, workflow, on-premise installations, and customer-facing portal – you need to be utterly careful.
Along with skills, experience, and knowledge, understanding the aptitude of the SharePoint Developer is also essential.
Five vital things to remember while hiring a Sharepoint Developer
- The quote should be transparent
Customizing a SharePoint platform to your needs requires an experienced developer. Depending on the level of customization, the costs also vary. The basic quote can be $10,000, at least, and for more employees, it can go up to $200,000. Making sure you have everything included in the quoted price, and no extra or hidden charges are payable. Signing a contract with agreed deliverables, including guarantee, is a good practice.
- Understanding your business model is the key
A proficient SharePoint consultant would give you the best software management solution only after knowing how your business operates. If no such effort is made to understand your business model, what you might be getting is a primary system. So, make sure they are keen on asking questions and are interested in improving the company’s efficiency.
SharePoint does not make sense by just putting together a suite, which any software team can create. It needs to cater to the needs of the business efficiently and adequately, which requires a specialist who has proven experience. Assembling a suit based on how your business operates requires excellent developmental skills along with a proper understanding of your internal business works. The suite of applications should be designed as such they should work as one tailored software management system that enhances the running of your business.
So, all in all, understanding your business and its functionality is crucial. Is the developer keen to do so?
- Background work and Skills checklist
Few things worth keeping in mind when you start looking for a developer:
- Checking their work history
- If their charge can be found on any platform
- Or a comparative cost of others who have a similar profile
- Checking their most recent works
- Asking testimonial from previous clients
- Preferring a team of developers over an independent developer for the speed and security
Proficient SharePoint developer is skilled at scripting, designing, and drafting tools. Knowledge of out-of-the-box tools that do not require customization is a must. Though good developers in .NET, without specific work experience in SharePoint, they would struggle to tackle projects. SharePoint is one of a kind and cannot be mastered without prior work on it.
Creation of webpages, forms, workflows, etc. using out-of-the-box features is a must. Page Layouts, Master Pages, Web Parts, Apps, User Store, Windows Workflow Foundation, Business Connectivity Services, SharePoint Ribbon, and more should be discussed and tested for. Along with these, the other Windows-specific tools like SharePoint Object Model (OM), SharePoint Designer, Visio, InfoPath, Visual Studio and PowerShell usage skills must be demonstrable.
Knowledge of the following is important as the developers must know how to use scripting, design, and drafting tools.
– Knowledge of .NET syntax for custom development
– C# programming language knowledge to understand and build great solutions
– REST API and jQuery for advanced customization
– HTML5 experience is a must
– CSS to face-lift by overriding the out-of-the-box styles
- End User-oriented and supportive
SharePoint architecture is solution-oriented rather than just features by keeping in mind the end user’s experience. SharePoint developers need to hear out the end user’s issues and provide a solution accordingly by using the proper combination of methods using document management, sharing, etc., to deliver the accurate features. The developer should be willing to provide training and support to use the newly created solution. And proper documentation of the process for further usage is also necessary.
- Tactical handling of feature building
SharePoint almost always has ready to use features, and very few features require building from scratch. It is vital to have the tact of altering these existing features to fit the SharePoint – this is where SharePoint differs from standard coding, and patience is to be exercised until desired results are achieved – it requires lots of tries and plays by the SharePoint rules where you need persistent effort.
He/she might have the perfectly required knowledge, but is the right attitude present?