Hiring a remote AngularJS developer can be stressful. And when it doesn’t work out, it really doesn’t work out. So, how do you decide who the right person is?

1. Evaluate their skills in a measurable and objective way

Seems pretty obvious, but you want someone who knows what they’re doing. The only way to objectively assess the skill level of your candidates is by giving them a standardized test. This is a two-tier process involving a multiple choice test and a program assessment. The latter should assess their grasp and comprehension of AngularJS through a complicated working project. This process will usually take several hours to complete and is, quite purposefully, not easy. The multiple choice test will certify that they understand core concepts and may also include snippets of code for them to analyze and respond to.

2. Conduct a video interview

Next, you want to interview them using a video conference. This face time gives you a chance to evaluate whether you think this developer is right for the job and generally professional enough to carry it out. What you’re looking for in this stage of your decision making process are signs that this person will not just be a good worker, but someone you’re able to work with. Body language that communicates professionalism and an ability to engage and ask questions about relevant topics are positive indications.

3. Ask for GitHub samples and a portfolio

Portfolios and samples are, by far, the best metric for gauging someone’s expected output. Naturally, the higher quality and consistency of their past work will be a good indicator of the work that they will do for you. Unfortunately, the same goes for poor quality work. Don’t just take the presence of a portfolio or GitHub account as proof of competency. If you’re not an expert in AngularJS, find someone who is who can help you evaluate the code that they are producing.

4. Regular (video) meetings throughout the project lifecycle

You’ll want to schedule regular video meetings with your developer. This keeps a very personal and accountable relationship going throughout the project lifecycle. Additionally, this will ensure that who is working is the same person who you hired. Because sometimes (believe it or not) outsourcing IT companies will have you interview one developer, but actually put an entirely different developer on your project, without you knowing. This is not only unethical, but can cause serious project miscommunications and delays. And it’s a tad bit creepy.

5. Ensure English-language competency and communication skills

Finally, presuming you speak English, you probably want your hired developer to speak English, too. This makes explaining complex technical parameters infinitely easier. Hiring in the globalized world means sourcing from countries outside the United States (We’ve heard Argentina is nice) and dealing with developers whose first language is probably not English. You want to ensure that the person who you’ve hired can effectively communicate with you at an acceptable level of proficiency.

So there you have it. You now have the essential skill set for hiring a remote angular developer. Use it wisely.