Making Money With Technology

8 Tips for Identifying Superstar Developers

September 18, 2012

  • Adrienne Szewczyk Adrienne Szewczyk

Lextech’s Director of Recruiting, Chad Lilly, shared some tech recruiting tips with’s Rich Hein. Read the article intro below, or check out the full article here.

Hiring developers is one of the most challenging tasks IT executives face. How do you find ones who code flawlessly but also are good team players?

Chad Lilly, director of recruiting at Lextech, has more than 16 years working in the professional services market connecting employers to talent. To help you make your next great hire, Lilly shares this advice for IT executives: “A superstar developer is rarely on the market, as they are well-regarded by their peers. In my experience, about 2 percent of developers on the market are superstars, 30 percent are solid developers and the rest are the remaining 68 percent.”

Stats like these demonstrate the need for sound practices and skills when looking for your next developer, because failure can mean missed deadlines, bad code and poor standards.

What makes a great developer, a great developer? Most share these common traits: curiosity and a desire to learn, great problem-solving skills, the ability to deal with several layers of abstraction at the same time, solid communication skills and a belief that in most cases simpler is better.

Finding someone who encompasses all these traits is what Lilly describes as “finding a diamond in the river. You have to dig for them.” To help you mine for these diamonds, Lilly shares some of the tips and tricks he uses to find talent in the vast mountain of IT professionals.

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