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5 Tips to Hire Top DevOps Engineers

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DevOps engineers are integral in healthcare, finance, hospitality, inventory management, and other industries that rely on software technology. The engineers handle the implementation of software systems and analyze data to improve the company's productivity. Unfortunately, it is a highly in-demand career, and finding competent DevOps engineers has proven to be expensive.

However, you will attract top DevOps talents with the right strategies and extensive help from cloud technology recruiting agencies. Moreover, the tips below will help you narrow down deserving candidates.

1. Prioritize Company Culture

Your company culture dictates how you identify qualified DevOps engineers. Your employees should align with the company's goals, practices, and general attitude. Therefore, before identifying skills and expertise, examine your culture by observing employee interactions, onboarding processes, and leadership patterns.

2. Experience Trumps Formal Training

Without a doubt, formal training is important. Engineers attend certification classes, online courses, and boot camps to improve their skills. However, it is not enough to solidify an individual’s expertise as a DevOps engineer.

Generally, the minimum experience ranges from two to three years for entry-level DevOps engineer roles. Similarly, you will need more than 15 years to clinch senior roles in DevOps engineering. Therefore, depending on the company's needs, consider the level of experience.

3. Skill Requirements

DevOps engineers handle security incidents, deploy infrastructure, design and maintain continuous integration and delivery, and oversee database administration. Therefore, your candidate requires extensive skills in all these areas. Additionally, they must demonstrate their prowess in hard skills like Linux, network protocols, AWS, Toolchain knowledge, and Docker and microservices.

An experienced DevOps engineer also understands the importance of soft skills, such as teamwork, good communication, leadership, adaptability, and problem-solving skills. In this area, working with a professional cloud technology recruiting agency will help you find able candidates.

4. Position Your Company to Attract Top Talent

As mentioned above, DevOps engineers are in high demand, which makes the recruitment process challenging. Thus, your recruitment strategy and hiring process must portray your company well. The best way to start is by writing a compelling job description describing your company culture and how employees create meaningful impact.

In addition, you should include competitive salaries, flexible work schedules, and benefits. Furthermore, detailed brand stories and customer reviews are an excellent way to win over top talent.

5. Ask the Right Questions

Interviews are a normal part of any hiring process. You get a chance to vet your candidates by asking pertinent general and DevOps-related questions. Here are some strategic questions to help you narrow down qualified DevOps candidates;

• How do you investigate the root cause of a crashing server

• How do you define the differences between soft link and Hard link?

• How do you use CI-CD tools?

• Explain the process of troubleshooting a DNS problem.

• Kindly demonstrate the application of several Docker commands.

These questions allow candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the field and experience. Nonetheless, don’t forget to ask general interview questions that gauge their ethics and soft skills.

There you have it. DevOps is a highly profitable tech field, and only a few thrive as engineers. Therefore, apply the tips above to ensure you attract the best of the best in the industry.


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