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Hiring + recruiting | Blog Post

How to Hire a ReactJS Developer

Wes Mitchell-Lewis

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ReactJS is the hottest front-end development technology in the world right now, being used for diverse projects, from start-ups to large companies. Offering dynamic functionality and interesting design principles, hiring the right ReactJS developer to utilize its library will strengthen your workforce and offer a fresh perspective, resulting in upgraded functionality for your project and your team.  

Whatever stage you are at in your hiring process, the following information will be 

beneficial to discovering talented ReactJS developers.   

Attracting the Right ReactJS Developer 

When hiring out of house, the first impression the ReactJS developer will see is your job description. To stand out, ensure this is not only well written but engaging and concise. It should include the job’s responsibilities and a good candidate’s required background, but also an overview of the company’s values and mission, with any attractive benefits and compensation available. 

The majority of the workforce is now either fully or partially remote, so be sure to advertise this to keep up! 

Requirements of a ReactJS Developer

Below are some of the necessary skills a ReactJS developer should hold to be a suitable candidate.

The hard skills of a ReactJS developer: 

Proficiency in JavaScript and ES6

You don’t want to hire a ReactJS developer who does not have strong knowledge of JavaScript and ES6 concepts. You do want to hire a ReactJS developer who holds extensive knowledge of their various abilities. 

Proficiency in HTML and CSS

A strong grasp of both HTML and CSS is critical for a ReactJS dev. These two tools work in tandem throughout ReactJS and will serve as a significant portion of the ReactJS dev’s job. 

Skilled at coding

Writing concise code is a ‘must-have’ skill for any ReactJS developer. Ideally, they should be able to write, scale, and de-bug code, too. A ReactJS developer should be able to keep up with code version systems with adequate experience with cloud computing tools to help with all ReactJS front-end tasks and increase team-wide productivity. 

Experience with back-end technology 

To get the utmost out of ReactJs, the ReactJS developer should be able to incorporate a variety of back-end packages, including the Java NPM registry. This can help to enhance and develop any project into something unique and different. 

The soft skills of a ReactJS developer: 

  • Excellent at problem-solving 
  • Adaptable and open-minded 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Curious and keen to grow and develop their skills 
  • Persistent and patient 
  • Friendly and personable 
  • Both a solid team player and the ability to work autonomously 

Interview Questions To Ask When Hiring A ReactJS Developer 

It is not unusual for a ReactJS developer to need to move through multiple rounds of the interview process. This is because, due to the nature of the role, there should be a technical portion, done by a project leader, and a soft-skill portion, typically done by the HR team. This will vary depending on the company.  

You will want to ensure you are asking appropriate questions depending on a ReactJS dev’s experience (ie: junior, intermediate or senior.) Some sample questions to garner a deeper understanding of the candidate are: 

  • Explain in detail the features of ReactJS.  
  • What are the 3 key differences between ES5 and ES6?
  • Can you provide an example of refs in ReactJS?
  • List 2 limitations of ReactJS. 
  • What is the purpose of the virtual DOM? 
  • How do you use CSS modules in ReactJS? 
  • What is an error boundary?
  • Can web browsers read JSX?

With the majority of interviews occurring strictly online now, we have created a guide for you to check out: The Terminal Guide to Remote Interviewing, to support you. 

Conclusion 

When seeking out top talent to hire a ReactJS developer, consider one who has a sufficient understanding of the nuances of the library, strong coding skills and the ability to see the bigger picture of your goals. With the right ReactJS developers on board, you can completely transform your project and your team. 


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