Inside The Development Hiring Process

Katherine Scrowther

18th February 2016

Are you looking for development roles in London, but would like some idea as to what employers are looking for? Well we have spoken to one of our top consultants, Aaron Kelly who works within the development sector to find out more about how you can impress, what roles are available and what the future holds for the development market. 

In a recent interview, we asked Aaron what employers ask him to specifically look for in candidates. “I look for specific technologies that are relevant to the market and strong communication – this is a big deal for me as I like to see how well candidates will fit to my clients culturally. It’s good to see what they have achieved in the time they have been developing, the projects they have worked on and what they can demonstrate.”

Examples of work are very important in this industry, although CV’s give employers a synopsis about current work experience, a demonstration of skills goes a long way, making you a strong candidate. “A strong portfolio and good examples of candidate’s work is a must, whether that be website, software or mobile applications, it’s all about what the candidate has done in that time.”

There is currently a wide range of roles in the Development market. “Any possible development role you can think of is out there. Every technology is what every client is looking for such as Java, JavaScript, .net, PHP, etc.” When wanting to make an impression for these roles, it’s important you have exactly what the employer is looking for. “Employers look for candidates to make an immediate impact as this is an important factor for them, along with relevant and up to date technology experience is good as it shows that the candidate keeps up with market trends.”

If you are experienced in development, here is a tip from our consultant, Aaron. “Don’t put your CV on the board IF you’re an experienced developer, you will be swamped with generic calls which will not give you enough time to focus on the interviews that you are going for. Trusting your network or an experienced recruitment consultant to put your CV out there will find the best employer for you. You should make sure your CV is simple and not too long as it states what you have been doing with relevant technologies and showing that market trends are being kept up with. It’s good to know what clients you’re interested in, whether that would be start-ups, financial firms or software providers.”

Skills vary on the type of industry you would like to go into, so it’s important to have a think about this before putting yourself forward for a role. “If you’re going for a start-up then you need to be able to challenge yourself. There is a difference between start-ups and large organisations such as financial firms. With start-ups you need to be ready to have an opinion and be quite outspoken, open and honest, but be quite patient at the same time.”

The future of this market is highly dynamic and will grow and grow and grow. Technology is always moving forward which means the market changes all the time. “There are more junior developers coming through as software evolves. It’s one of the fastest market sectors which makes it quite exciting to see how quickly technology is evolving.”

If you are wanting to know what the latest news is for this year in technology, it’s Anglia which is a JavaScript framework. This has been huge in 2015 so a lot of developers are learning that at the moment. It will be quite a big thing for 2016.”

If you are looking for a new role, then do not hesitate to get in touch. We can offer you career advice and find the best opportunities for you. To find out more information, visit our website at or give Aaron directly a call on 020 7655 4613 or send him an email to