SharePoint Developer Skills: Checklist for Your Next Hire

SharePoint Developer Skills: Checklist for Your Next Hire

Do you plan on hiring a SharePoint developer?

This is an important investment that you will be making, so it pays if you can hire a really good one to give you what you need.

In this article, I thought long and hard on SharePoint developer skills you need to watch out for if you plan on hiring one.

Let’s get started.

What does a SharePoint developer do?

SharePoint developers are responsible for the development, customization, and implementation of SharePoint-based solutions.

They must be able to understand business requirements and translate them into technical specifications.

In addition, they need to have a good understanding of the SharePoint platform in order to be able to develop customizations that are compatible with it.

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    What SharePoint developer skills do you need to check?

    Here are some of the skills that I suggest you check on each applicant:

    1. Proficiency with out-of-the-box tools available in SharePoint

    This is important since you might be hiring a good “developer” who doesn’t actually know anything about the SharePoint platform.

    Some things you can ask about include:

    • Web parts and which ones he will likely need for a “certain” project
    • PowerShell and what commands he knows
    • Workflow and what options are available in SharePoint

    The point here is to see whether or not the applicant truly knows SharePoint and how he can demonstrate it.

    2. Testing and debugging skills

    I have been developing various sites and systems in SharePoint for years and I still encounter bugs every now and then.

    For SharePoint developers, this is even more important because the platform can be very finicky at times.

    Some things you can ask about include:

    • What are the bugs he encountered previously while working with SharePoint?
    • How he deals with bugs (what tools he uses and what his workflow is)
    • You need to make sure that the developer has the nick to fix the cause and not simply the symptoms or signs.

    Down the road, you will appreciate checking for this skill especially when security issues will arise in the future.

    3. Knowledge of programming languages and framework

    This is important because the developer will need to be able to write code that is compatible with SharePoint.

    This is where you check the applicant for his knowledge background (typically college degrees related to computer science).

    Specifically, find out how the developer knows about these languages:

    • .NET
    • JavaScript
    • C#
    • CSS and HTML

    By the way, there may be applicants who didn’t come from a computer science degree. If this is the case, check for their experience.

    There are numerous developers out there that are more or less self-taught and didn’t come from the expected background.

    4. Communication and collaboration skills

    This is important because the developer will need to be able to communicate with other team members, as well as the client.

    SharePoint development can be a very collaborative process and you need to make sure that the developer can work with others.

    Some things you can ask about include:

    • How he deals with difficult clients
    • Whether or not he is a team player
    • His experience working with remote teams

    Because of COVID, you may need to consider developers that came from the other side of the world from you.

    This is one reason why you need to check the applicant’s communication and collaboration skills and how that person deals with others.

    5. Documentation and training expert

    Unless you need continual development, it’s likely that you may have to let go of your SharePoint developer in the future.

    Some organizations hire a developer for maintenance purposes, which is a good investment especially when you have a big intranet.

    Remember:

    • You may need to hire a different developer in the future, so it’s important that each person leaves documentation for those who will come after.
    • If you hired a developer to create something unique for you, you will be glad if that person knows how to teach others how to use what he created.
    • There may be some users that are not that adept at technology, so having a good developer who knows how to train might come in handy.

    SharePoint developer skills checklist

    Before you accept the developer into your company, make sure to check for the following:

    • How proficient is the developer with the out-of-the-box tools in SharePoint?
    • Does the developer have any knowledge and experience in testing and debugging?
    • What programming languages and frameworks does the developer know?
    • Does the developer have good communication and collaboration skills assuming all the communication will be online?
    • Does the developer have any documentation and training experience?

    Aside from the things I pointed out in this article, there are still a lot of skills you need to check. However, make sure to start with these.

    As a SharePoint developer myself, I know how important these skills are and that they’re the key to having a successful project.

    Do you have questions regarding SharePoint developer skills? If so, kindly leave a comment below with your question.

    For inquiries and other concerns, please use the site’s contact form and I’ll get right back to you as soon as possible.

    About Ryan Clark

    As the Principal Solutions Architect at Mr. SharePoint, I help companies of all sizes better leverage Modern Workplace and Digital Process Automation investments. I am also a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for Office Apps & Services.

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