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React Native Developer Hiring Guide

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David Jackson
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React Native Developer Hiring Guide
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Hiring talented React Native Developers is hard. This guide summarizes everything we've learned from hiring hundreds of developers, and outlines our proven, step-by-step process for interviewing and hiring top React Native developers.

Table of contents

React Native Job Description

React Native Job Description Template

React Native Technical Job Application & Screening Process

React Native developer screening questions

Interview Process

How to make a job offer to a React Native developer?

Offer letter

An overview of our company culture and values 

Our company's design and development playbook 

FullStack Feedback

Tips & Tricks for Hiring Great React Native Developers

React Native Developer Salary Guide

React Native Job Description

Creating an accurate and informative job description is a critical — and often overlooked — part of finding and hiring the right React Native developers for your company. A good job description properly describes the types of candidates you’re looking for, what they’ll be doing, the type of experience they need to excel in the role, and information about your company that makes the case for why talented candidates should be interested in joining your team. To help you get started, we’re making our React Native developer job description template freely available to use.

React Native Job Description Template:

The following React Native job description template is based upon actual job descriptions we’ve used at FullStack Labs to hire dozens of React Native developers. We’re providing it here free and clear of any ownership to hopefully make your life a bit easier and your hiring a bit more successful, so feel free to copy it and use it however you’d like.

Company Introduction

This is the very beginning of the job description. It’s meant to introduce your company and help candidates quickly understand what your company does at a high level. Include a description of the products or services your company provides, who your clients or customers are, where your company is located, and a couple of words on what you’re looking for. As an example, here’s FullStack’s company description:

FullStack Labs is a leading software consultancy seeking creative and skilled developers to join our fast growing team. Our mission is to design and develop technology that improves the lives of its users, while providing an exceptionally high level of service to our clients.

We are looking for experienced developers who want to be part of a fast-paced, dynamic environment, where everyone’s opinions and efforts are valued. We hire outstanding professionals and give them the opportunity to thrive in a collaborative atmosphere that values learning, growth, and hard work.

Our team of 50+ professionals is distributed across our three offices in California, Washington D.C., and Barranquilla Colombia. Additionally, many of our team members who aren’t located near one of our offices, work remotely. We provide a highly competitive compensation and benefits package with health insurance, overtime pay, PTO, etc.

If you have the desire to be a part of an exciting, challenging and rapidly-growing software development consultancy, and if you are passionate about software development and creating the finest apps in the marketplace, please apply below.

Job Description / What you'll be doing

This section is used to describe what the developer will be doing on a day-to-day basis. This will be different from company to company, so you’ll want to tailor it to your specific needs. Below are the tasks that we include in our job description, many of which are normal tasks that React Native developers can be expected to do and which should transfer well to most React Native developer job descriptions:

  • Work as part of a small team to build React Native iOS / Android applications for FullStack's clients.
  • Architect, build and maintain excellent React Native applications with clean code.
  • Implement pixel perfect UI's that match designs.
  • Implement clean, modern, smooth animations and transitions that provide an excellent user experience.
  • Integrate third-party API's.
  • Write unit and integration tests.
  • Release applications to the Apple and Google Play stores.
  • Work with native modules when required.
  • Work as part of a small team, which will include other React Native developers, a project manager, QA professional, and a designer.
  • Complete two-week sprints, and participate in sprint retrospectives and daily standups.
  • Assist with building estimates.
  • Interface with clients via Slack, Zoom, and email.
  • Track your time throughout the day using Toggl.
  • Work with modern tools including Jira, Slack, GitHub, Google Docs, etc.
  • Be part of a community of React Native developers who share knowledge and help each other as problems arise.
  • Follow FullStack's detailed development process
Requirements

This section describes the requirements of the position and outlines what you’re looking for in a React Native Developer candidate. Again, some of this will be unique to your company and your specific position, but many of the requirements we use in our job descriptions should transfer well to most React Native developer job descriptions.

  • 2+ years of professional experience working with React Native.
  • 4+ years of professional software development experience.
  • Experience working with Swift, Objective C, and Java a plus but not required.
  • Meaningful experience working on large, complex systems.
  • Ability to take extreme ownership over your work. Every day is a challenge to ensure you are performing to the expectations you and your team have agreed upon, both in regards to estimates and to the general process.
  • Ability to identify with the goals of FullStack clients and dedicate yourself to delivering on the commitments you and your team make to them.
  • An understanding of React Native best practices and a commitment to following them.
  • Ability to work through new and difficult React Native issues and contribute to libraries as needed.
  • Ability to create and maintain continuous integration and delivery of React Native applications.
  • A positive mindset and can-do attitude.
  • Forensic attention to detail.
  • English skills (ability to effectively communicate via written and spoken english).
  • A passion for software development. It’s not just your career, it’s also your hobby. You’re constantly striving to learn new things and improve. You follow industry news, regularly tinker with new technologies, and read books and blogs to keep your skills current.
  • You work well within a team environment and enjoy working in the office with your colleagues.
  • Ability to consistently work 40 hours per week.
Benefits

Use this section to describe why talented React Native developers should come to work for your company. What sets you apart from other employers? What does your compensation and benefit plan look like?

We’re a medium-sized team that’s growing fast, so everyone that joins has a direct impact on the direction and success of the company. Today’s hires will be tomorrow’s leaders. We strive for an open, flat, collaborative, work-hard-play-hard environment. We offer competitive compensation with overtime pay, PTO, 401k with 4% match, medical, dental, vision, flexible work schedules, and more.

Wrapping it All Up

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful. To see an example of our complete job posting, please visit this link.

FullStack Labs is a leading software consultancy specializing in React Native development. We've built dozens of React Native apps for a variety of companies, including Uber, Ericsson, and others. Our services include designing and developing new apps, working on existing apps, and team augmentation/staffing.

React Native Technical Job Application & Screening Process

As with all public job postings, you should expect to receive dozens to hundreds of applicants, of which almost all will be unqualified. To simplify the screening process and quickly determine which developers meet your minimum criteria (and which don't), we recommend having applicants complete an online job application and answer a few standard questions. Your team can then review the answers to these screening questions and quickly determine which React Native candidates qualify and which don't.

React Native developer screening questions

To help us quickly sift through hundreds of job applications, we recommend having candidates answer the following questions when they apply. These questions are designed to help you quickly qualify/disqualify candidates by determining if they meet your minimum requirements or not. A lot of this information exists in the candidates resume and/or Linkedin profile, but that requires someone on your recruiting team sifting through all that data. Quickly scanning through answers to the following key questions is a more efficient and effective method:

  • Are you legally authorized to work in the USA? (Please note, we do not (or we do) offer visa sponsorships at this time).
  • What city are you located in?
  • How many years of full-time, paid software development experience do you have? (Please do not count internships, coding bootcamps, college, or non-development related work.)
  • What's your preferred stack?
  • Please provide a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Please provide a link to your GitHub profile.
  • What is your desired salary?

The following questions all focus on technical skills. We like to ask for their level of experience across a broad spectrum of programming languages to help us understand their complete skill set, not just their React Native ability.

  • What is your level of experience with:
  • The JS ecosystem and modern build tools?
  • CSS?
  • HTML?
  • Ruby on Rails?
  • React?
  • React Native?
  • Node.js?
  • Ember.js?
  • Angular.js?
  • Angular 2+?
  • Python?
  • PHP?
  • .NET?
  • Swift?
  • Android app development?
  • Java?
  • Scala?
  • Vue.js?
  • AI?
  • Go?
  • Github?
  • How did you hear about this position?
  • Were you referred by a FullStack Labs employee?

Ideally the answers to these questions would automatically be fed into your applicant tracking system where you could quickly review the answers and qualify or disqualify candidates. We use Lever, but there are many others.

Interview Process

Once you’ve screened applicants and determined which you’d like to interview, you’re ready to begin interviewing. We recommend the following step-by-step interview process:

  1. Phone screen: A call that takes 10 to 15 minutes where the potential candidate is given general information about Fullstack Labs and is asked four to five general questions regarding their professional experience. We also assess the candidate’s communication skills as well as salary expectation. 
  2. General Coding Assessment (GCA): A standardized test that helps us measure core programming and computer science knowledge. We only move forward with candidates that achieve a score of 650+. Here is more information about our GCA.
  3. First Interview: A 60-minute interview to dig into their past extensively. We evaluate the candidate’s job history and dig into significant projects the candidate has participated in. Here are some technical questions we use in this stage.
  4. Take-home coding challenge: An assignment that the candidates records via video with specific technical tasks to complete. 
  5. Coding challenge review: The coding challenge is reviewed by our CTO, Mike Piccolo, and our CIO, Ben Carle, to see if it was done correctly and is assigned a grade. 
  6. Final Interview: If the candidate succeeded with the take-home challenge, they have a final interview with our CTO and CEO. We invest significant time from our CTO or CIO to recruit the right high-quality applicants.

How to make a job offer to a React Native developer?

We use job offers as another opportunity to communicate information about our company, who we are, what we're looking for, and why developers should join our team. We continue to communicate this information with the hope that the candidate will either identify with our culture and accept the job offer, or disagree with our culture and reject the job offer. To communicate all of this, we attach the following documents to each job offer:

Offer letter

This includes details on the roles and responsibilities of the position, location, manager, title, compensation, benefits, PTO, etc.

You can download the template in PDF format here.

An overview of our company culture and values 

This includes our mission statement, vision statement, and company values. This helps candidates further understand the company’s culture and determine if they are a good fit. Here is ours.

Our company's design and development playbook 

This help candidates understand our project management process and how we manage teams and individuals. Use this as an example.

FullStack Feedback

This outlines how our team should give and receive feedback, and further explains our management philosophy. Here is the example.

Tips & Tricks for Hiring Great React Native Developers

  1. Look for prior iOS/Android experience.
  2. Ensure that they are aware of the changes to React Native over time (i.e., the differences between versions).
  3. Ask them their favorite sources of React Native news and information. Who are their favorite public React Native developers?
  4. Ask them their least favorite part about React Native and why. This shows how deeply they have dug into the system.

React Native Developer Salary Guide

How much you can expect to pay the React Native developers you ultimately end up hiring depends on a number of variables. We did the research on what you can expect; learn more here.

We also have a large team of React Native developers available, both onshore and nearshore, to build your solution. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask any of us any questions.

You can download the React Native Developer Job Description Template in PDF format here.

David Jackson
Written by
David Jackson
David Jackson

As the CEO of FullStack Labs, my primary responsibility is for the management of the company. I manage and directly contribute to many different departments within the company, including recruiting and hiring, marketing and sales, bookkeeping and accounting, tax and legal, and general operations. I take a hands on approach to management, meaning I prefer to roll up my sleeves and work directly on projects, instead of managing through meetings, policy, and bureaucracy. Prior to FullStack Labs, I was Vice President of Sales and Partner at CAE, where we built an industry-leading marketplace for buying and selling used capital equipment. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the California State University Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration.

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