What to Look For in Your Next Software Developer


Sometimes, finding the perfect candidate isn’t easy. We’ve been staffing software developers for 20 years and know what success means to your business. We put together a list of some of the must have traits to look for in your next hire.


Big picture thinking

Software developer’s need to have the ability to not only look at the present day, but also predict what is going to happen next. They should be able to measure the impact of their decisions and whether or not their implementations will be useful in a couple of years or not. A successful software developer, envisions the company as a whole, not just the technology department.

Attention to detail

Your software developer should obsess over the little things. They should be concerned with perfecting data along with cleaning up old unimplemented features. They should be precise when naming and defining code and be upset when others have done it incorrectly. A good software developer understands the value of testing and takes it seriously.


There will be various glitches to deal with as a software developer. A patient personality is almost required in this position. Between bugs to fix and sloppy coding, it’s easy to get frustrated. This position calls for a problem solver, not a complainer.

Business oriented

Ideally, your software developer will be both technically and business oriented. They will understand how their software affects the user experience. They’ll take the time to get involved, understand the business perspective and define what the client needs. A good software developer can understand all aspects of the business-not just the technical stuff.

Passion for coding quality

A slightly more obvious trait, but it has to be real passion. Your software developer should love creating new code along with reshaping older ones. Evaluating and reformatting existing code should be routine. When new codes are written, they should be easily maintainable rather than sloppily put together.


The experience your position requires might vary, but you’ll ideally want a software developer who has worked through various different situations and resolved countless issues. It’s also beneficial when a developer has worked in several different environments.

Never satisfied

Your dream software developer will never be satisfied. They’ll be eager to fix codes that aren’t broken so that they are shorter and more efficient, they’ll redesign existing features, expose bugs to fix them and eliminate sloppy coding in their free time. And yes, this person does exist.

We have local and qualified software developers standing by. With a database of well over 2,000,000 qualified candidates, we can easily find someone to fit your needs.

About Gabriella Calise

Gabriella began her career at EDI Staffing in 2014 as the Manager of Marketing and Client Services where she used her passion for social media and technology to connect top IT talent with our client partners. In 2016 Gabriella became the Executive Vice President of EDI Staffing, where she works closely with the President/CEO to find new and inventive ways to assist our clients and candidates. Gabriella oversees the day to day functions of the staff and continues to head our marketing and outreach efforts.

Outside of EDI Staffing, Gabriella teaches Saxophone and Clarinet privately. She enjoys exploring new places and spending time with her family and friends.

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