IT Recruiters 6 min read 05/23/2022

How We Test Developers at EliteBrains?

What is the greatest nightmare of working with freelancers? Most employers will tell you it’s developers who tend to embellish their resumes and then spectacularly fail to live up to the expectations they set.

Top freelance marketplaces understand that - and this is why EliteBrains is an exclusive club, limited to software developers who pass the strict vetting process. Here’s how we do it.

What happens when you come to EliteBrains

So, you are in need of a top-notch software developer ASAP? All you need to do is click here, and tell us what kind of developer you need. You specify the project size, required skills, and leave us your contact info. Within 48 hours, we provide you with 2-4 developers that are the best fit for your needs. 

Since we are fully dedicated to providing you with the best freelancers in the industry, this is not where things end. You get to test developers’ skills for 8 hours, free of charge, to decide whether the match is good. And yes, we can do this all over again if you are not satisfied with our first choice. 

If things go smoothly, all you need to do is welcome your new member to the team. Since our goal is to make sure both you and freelancers are happy, here’s our insurance policy - being 100% certain we work with the top talent.

How we test developers

Our goal is to keep the hiring process straightforward, efficient, and risk-free. This is not possible if we just let you wade through dozens of applications from freelancers who happened to be online when you posted a job.

This is why EliteBrains is a small, exclusive club of software programmers who pass a 5-step testing process before their profile finds its way to your inbox. 

1. Language and communication skills (38% applicants pass)

Since communication is one of the most important parts of the process, we make sure the candidate will be able to fluently communicate with their client - you. Besides fluent English, we do a detailed conversation about the developer's previous project so we make sure how tech vocabulary is strong enough.

2. Static code analysis (22% applicants pass)

Nothing tells more about the developer than his style of coding. Thanks to the static code analysis (SCA) we are able to check which standards the developer keeps if he is using proper formatting styles, syntax, etc. SCA also reveals whether the developer's code is clean without warnings and errors and whether it will be easy for other developers/team workers to build additional functionality and modules around his/her code. We are able to analyse all of the types of languages and frameworks such as Javascript (React, Node.js, Angular, Typescript), Java with its all frameworks, PHP, SQL, dependencies, libraries they used, Ruby, Python, and many others.

3. Test of technology skills (15% applicants pass)

Before we test developers’ skills, we categorize them based on their general area of expertise: backend developer, frontend developer, full-stack developer, mobile app developer, and embedded developer. Each of them can be familiar with several programming languages, and we rigorously test their skills in Java, PHP, C#, ASP.NET, C/C++, as well as frameworks such as Angular, React, Vue, Java SDK, Objective-C, etc. The applicants have to go through sophisticated a)b)c) where all of the options are very similar and only the experts can identify the nuances and get the correct answer.

Many freelance developers tend to embellish their resume with programming languages and frameworks they are familiar with, despite not being actual experts. These tests make sure that every entry in the freelancer’s skill list is accounted for. On tests, they have to show us they know these programming languages and frameworks like the back of their hand.

4. Testing project (12% applicants pass)

It is also very important to see the attitude of applicants and how they are able to face real-life challenges. That's why each developer has to go through a testing project where he shows his programming style, ability to design fast algorithms and solve the problems he hasn't met yet.

5. Personality and reliability evaluation (5% applicants pass)

Finally, we understand that top talent also requires a formidable work ethic and solid communication skills. To minimize the possibility of flaky freelancers, missed deadlines, misunderstandings, and unanswered messages, our software developers go through an evaluation process that lasts up to three weeks. 

During this time, we monitor their reliability and ability to follow instructions, submit tests and assignments on time, follow up on review requests, and deliver high-quality results.

What happens next?

Once a candidate passes EliteBrains’s admission process, they join our growing network of freelancers. It currently has more than 8300+ top skilled developers from all over the world. Hire one of them to build your software product or apply as a freelancer to become a part of this amazing community.

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Our clients say

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With senior resources from EliteBrains, we are able to drive our digital harmonization agenda: Migration of different reporting platforms to QlikSense analytics and Harmonization of different digital detailing systems into Veeva CLM.

Jiri Matousek, Head of CRM at Hexal AG Jiri Matousek, Head of CRM at Hexal AG
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EliteBrains provided us with a top PHP developer who has been working for us for more than 4 years. Jan became indispensable part of our team within few weeks.

Dave Etchells, CEO at Dave Etchells, CEO at
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Each time we are in a need of new software developer, we just contact the guys from EliteBrains. Their network is huge so they provide us with demanded sources very quickly.

Martin Svach, CEO at Starkys club Martin Svach, CEO at Starkys club

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