I am about to launch a website, which I got created through a freelancer. However, I am not very pleased with freelancer's performance and plan to hire someone full-time to make required iterations in design and functioning of the website.
As I am not a designer myself and I do not know much about programing languages, I needed some guidance on the skills, qualifications and experience that I should look for while hiring such a candidate. I will really appreciate your inputs as it will help me in making the right decision.
Also let me know in case you think I need to hire two and not one employee.
Thanks in advance,
You need to consider four separate things. (And most companies completely skip the last item, which is a big mistake.)
Here's what we look for:
- Idea generation
- Ability to code their designs to at least a basic level
- Self motivated
- Attention to detail
- A desire to keep learning
- Good research skills
- Communication skills
- Team player
- Interest in human behaviour
- A love of good design
- Outside passions
- A work/life balance
- Good sense of humour
Hope this helps. I appreciate many of these apply whatever the role but I believe personality traits and life skills are just as important as talent and creativity.
You need to nail down what your requirements are for your site. Prioritize: usability, design aesthetics, performance/database usage, and any marketing/SEO needs.
Shop around for designers and take a look at their portfolio. You'll notice right away which ones are appropriate for you and at a closer look, get an idea if they have the technical skills you need. Follow other recommendations for code review.
DO NOT hire someone without seeing them at work. Tell them ahead of time (this isn't a pop quiz) to bring a laptop or have a way to connect to a home computer (Go to my PC) during the interview. See if you can give them a one web page assignment. Take a page you don't like about your site and see what they would do with it. If they can't type code quickly, bad sign.
Ask them about the tools they use. I would expect very passionate responses about their computer, development tools.