In The Developer/Designer Conundrum, we explained the differences between a designer and a developer – and whether you should hire individuals or a design firm for your redesign project. But before you hire, it’s important to ask the right questions so that you can find the appropriate fit for your company and project.
Here are our top three questions to ask any potential candidates:
- Are you satisfied with their portfolio? When looking at a potential hire’s portfolio, make sure they have experience similar to the type of project you need completed. If you can’t find similar projects but still like the work they’ve done, reach out to them and ask if they are comfortable with the type of work you need. They may even be able to partner with someone else who has the relevant experience.
- Can you communicate effectively with them? You will be working remotely with whoever you hire, so communication is key! Do they answer questions completely? If you request samples, do they get back to you in a timely manner? Good communication is crucial – so make sure you are comfortable.
- How will they approach your project? Make sure you have a clear understanding of the project before moving forward. Some important elements to pay attention to are:
- Domain and web hosting
- How the site will be maintained after the launch
After asking about these aspects of the project, you should have a better idea about whether or not the particular person or firm would be a good fit to work with. If they do seem like a good fit, it would be a good idea to get a proposal from them and review the timeline and cost before making any decisions.
In the next post we will discuss the best ways to work with a remote team to accomplish your redesign plans.