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How to Hire React Native Developer: Step-by-step Guide for Executives

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Have you ever walked on hot coals? Or wait, let’s put it like this. Have you ever had to hire a React Native developer in the middle of a project? Then you probably know how crazy things may get when there are simply no qualified candidates on the local market, whereas those who are available Native React app developers haveа sky-high rates.

Hiring React Native developers is very much like walking on hot coals. If you approach it unprepared, it can burn your feet and leave you in perpetual anxiety for walks alike. But if you take the time to learn some firewalking physics, use the right coal, and take a proper pace, you’ll get through it without pain and burning and finally find skillful and dedicated React Native developers.   

That’s what we’re going to talk about in this article. No, not firewalking, but hiring React Native developers. We’re going to walk you through the entire process, from identifying what React Native mobile development is and determining what skills to look for in React Native developers, to conducting interviews.

Please note that the salaries and hourly rates mentioned in this article don’t equal the cost of hiring offshore software developers through outsourcing companies. Read more about how offshore software development costs are formed here.

React Native App Development

Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the core features of React Native development. React Native is a JavaScript framework for native app development, or, in other words, creating natively rendering mobile applications for iOS and Android. 

Built upon Facebook’s JavaScript library React for web development, React Native is used for mobile app development. As the greater part of the code can be shared between platforms, React Native enables cross platform app building, in other words, you can simultaneously develop an Android app and an iOS app.  This allows for native app development for the new teams of developers, and also lets existing native apps development teams work faster, thus streamlining the entire development process.

Like React for web apps, React Native employs a mixture of JavaScript and XML-esque markup and triggers the native rendering APIs in Objective-C (for iOS) or Java (for Android). As a result, a React Native mobile application renders using mobile UI native components instead of webviews, and looks like any other mobile application. In addition, a React Native app can access features like a phone camera or user’s location.

To wrap it up, React Native apps are not the same as web apps. A React Native iOS or Android app is running on mobile devices, and can’t load over the browser. Plus, neither of them is a hybrid app: it’s a genuinely native app built in JavaScript with the native components.

The must-have skills for React Native Developer

To hire React Native developer who will bring the most value to your app development team, you should be able to identify whether they possess the required skills, both professional and interpersonal.   

React Native developer hard skills 

Outstanding technical knowledge is what makes a difference between the expert React Native developer and someone who still needs to do more learning of React Native app development. Here are a couple of skills every candidate on this job should master. 

Excellent knowledge of JavaScript

When you hire React Native developers, make sure they have deep knowledge of JavaScript. It is the heart of everything in cross-platform mobile app development. Your potential candidate for this position must know how to build components, how to structure the application logic and services, and understand their flow.

Knowledge of basic React assumptions

The concepts like Virtual DOM, JSX, and component lifecycle should be as familiar to Native React app developers as treble clefs to the musician. Checking the applicant’s understanding of these terms is a must.  

Experience with Android and iOS development 

Skilled React Native developer gets the difference between iOS and Android mobile app development. Being familiar with Objective-C and Swift in order to make the app work on different devices is also necessary. 

Familiarity with useful tech tools 

You can’t demand from the person to know everything there is about software development, but it’s going to be a big plus if they are familiar with at least some extra tools like Redux, Enzyme, Hockeyapp, and so on. 

Writing clear code

The apps created by your development team should have a consistent and readable source code. This is important because you need to be able to easily maintain the app at present and make improvements in the future.  

Must-have soft skills 

Your React Native developer is not going to work alone, so when you hire React Native developers, make sure they are both great experts and nice people to be around, especially when you hire them for a full-time position. They should be good communicators, team players, problem-solvers. They also should be able to give constructive feedback, receive criticism, and generally be open-minded and curious folks. 

Finally, make sure you only hire people that fit your company culture. You can find the best React Native developers in the world, but it’s not going to work if the team members don’t understand one another and don’t feel comfortable in each other’s company. Save yourself a hustle of having to reassemble the team all over again. 

Job description for React Native developer position

Now that you’ve figured out who is your ideal candidate for the position of React Native app development specialist, the next step to hire a React Native app developer is writing a solid job description and posting it online. Here’s a small template you can use as a reference. 

React Native developer job description

An enthusiastic and innovative team at [Company x] is looking for a React Native developer. If you have experience in building mobile apps for Android and iOS, looking for more growth opportunities, and willing to participate in creating more amazing products, we’re waiting for you! You will be responsible for architecting and building apps, and working closely with the teams responsible for other layers of the product infrastructure.

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  • A skilled React Native developer with […] years of experience building mobile apps for both Android and iOS;
  • Proven experience with HTML5, CSS3, TypeScript, and other frontend related languages will be an additional advantage.
  • Have expert knowledge of JavaScript and can write clean, well-documented code;
  • Can work with third-party dependencies and debug dependency conflicts;
  • Know native build tools, including […];
  • Have a good understanding of REST APIs, [..];
  • Have experience with […].

What you will do: 

  • Together with the team, build good-looking smooth UIs for Android and iOS;
  • Spot and fix bugs and performance gaps;
  • Utilize native APIs for cross-platform app integrations;
  • Maintain apps and write automated tests to ensure the highest product quality;
  • Moving the existing React web apps to React Native.

Post your job opening on the recruiting websites like Indeed or Glassdoor, share it on social media, and wait for the CVs from potential hires. 

What questions to ask during the interview?

To hire the best React Native developer, ask the right questions. Below are some ideas of what you can ask your potential hires to check their hard and soft skills.   

Hard skills interview questions

  • Can you explain in simple words what is React Native? 
  • Please name the key advantages of using React Native for mobile development? 
  • How do you start the React Native app development?
  • What are the steps to convert a native iOS app to Android?
  • What is cross platform application development?
  • What is the difference between native and hybrid app development?
  • What is a virtual DOM?
  • Please explain what are native apps and hybrid apps? 
  • What happens when you call “setState”? 
  • Can you talk about the difference between state and props? 
  • What is the point of Redux? 
  • What is Flux? 
  • What is JSX? 
  • In which ways is mobile app development with React Native different from web app development with React.js?
  • Can you explain the difference between React Native and React.js?

Soft skills interview questions 

  • What are your professional strengths and weaknesses?
  • Can you describe the most interesting React Native app development projects you’ve been a part of? 
  • How can you as a React Native app developer contribute to efficient project management?
  • Have you ever made a professional decision that turned out to be a mistake? How did you deal with it? 
  • Can you recall the last time a manager rejected your idea? How did you accept their feedback?
  • Why did you decide to apply for a job at our company? 

React Native developer rates in various countries

As mobile application development is a job that can be done from anywhere in the world, you can hire dedicated React Native developers from other countries. We guess that you might be interested in React Native app developers’ rates. Basically, React Native developers salary may vary based on factors like skill level (junior, middle, or senior), experience, location, etc. 

In the table below are the React Native developer salaries in three different regions ‒ Eastern Europe (Ukraine), Western Europe (Germany), and the United States.

Disclaimer: The numbers mentioned below are just an estimation and may vary based on the aforementioned factors.  

RegionJunior (annual  earnings)Middle (annual  earnings)Senior (annual earnings)
Eastern Europe (Ukraine)$ 30 000$39 000 $ 48 000 
Western Europe (e.g. Germany) $46 000$66 400$86 000
United States $64 000 $96 000$140 000
* Note that the salaries mentioned above don’t equal the cost of hiring software developers through Relevant. Read more about offshore software development costs in our article.

As you can see, the difference between Ukraine and the United States is huge. That said, the quality of work in both countries is the same. The salaries vary due to the much lower cost of living in Eastern Europe compared to North America. All things considered, no wonder that many companies decide to outsource React Native development. If you are also interested in this opportunity, contact us to hire a dedicated React Native developer in Ukraine. 

Two ways to hire React Native developer 

If you’ve decided to outsource React Native development, you’ve got two proven options: either find a developer on freelance platforms or cooperate with software development houses. 

Hiring freelancers 

A very common option is hiring remote developers or freelancers through dedicated freelancing platforms that connect clients with contractors. The most popular freelancing websites where you can find React Native developers are Toptal, Upwork, Freelancer.com, YouTeam. Let’s go through some pros and cons. 

Hiring freelancers: Pros

  • More convenient rates;
  • More available talents; 
  • Feedbacks from previous clients; 
  • A great alternative when you need someone to make little changes to the existing product.  

Hiring freelancers: Cons

  • No formal contract, the cooperation is based on trust;
  • Different time zones;
  • Very often — a language barrier;
  • All the recruiting, management and accounting are on you. 

Hiring React Native developers through software houses

Outstaffing from Eastern Europe is a more cost-effective and much easier hiring option comparing with adding more employees in-house. Here’s how it works. You contact a reliable software outsourcing company (you can find these on sites like Clutch), tell them about your needs, whereas they will take care of the rest. All they will want from you is being collaborative and giving out as many project details as possible. 

Outstaffing through software houses: Pros

  • Guaranteed quality, expertise, and reliability; 
  • Affordable cost;
  • The vendor takes care of everything for you;
  • You can add more team members on demand. 

Outstaffing through software houses: Cons

  • Possible language barrier; 
  • Different time zones.

We have also prepared for you an ultimate guide on how to hire a dedicated React.js team.

Are Ukrainian developers any different than others? 

Yep, they are different. They are much, much better! In Ukraine, you’ll find top React Native developers, including full-stack experts. Software solutions is an extremely popular and highly competitive industry, so no wonder that Ukraine has become one of the best software development outsourcing destinations in the world.  

You must have heard about Ukrainian developers already and maybe even used some of their services. Here are just a couple of Ukrainian startups that gained international recognition. 

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Anything else you should know about Ukrainians? Local software development companies take communication seriously, so almost everybody in the IT-sphere speaks good English. Most companies have in-house English teachers to ensure convenient learning for their employees. 

Apart from that, Ukrainians are hard-working and diligent. They are historically more collectivist than individualistic, so local developers make a perfect addition to any team. Relevant Software also provides software outsourcing assistance for companies around the world. For many years in business, we’ve developed a proven methodology of assembling dedicated teams and making our clients happy. 

How we help companies get React Native developers on board 

This is what our dedicated team set up process looks like. 

We start by gathering requirements. Our team needs to know more about you and your project needs. We figure out all the project details, the size of the team, job descriptions, and preferred workflow to bring the most suitable experts on board. 

We find the best people for your project. Depending on your needs, we may provide you with an expert right away or take some time to find suitable talent, usually a couple of weeks. If you are in the middle of the project, we’ll make an urgent hire from our partners’ talent pool. 

We help new employees integrate into your team. We will make sure that our developer joins your project as smoothly as possible and starts working. You don’t have to think about anything else. 

As a result, your project team gets the missing puzzle piece. You receive a skilled and qualified specialist under your complete control who works on the same thing as your in-house team, but remotely. 

Some projects we provided developers to:

  • Svenn: Svenn is a time tracking and project management app for construction companies. It helps construction companies manage their resources, have a clear vision of the current stage of the project, create payrolls, and easily export reports to files. 
  • Momice: Momice is an event management company that provides software to simplify the organization of meetings, conferences, and exhibitions. The QR code on tickets provides all the information needed for check-in and automatically sends that information to a printer to print a badge with attendee information. 
  • Letlift: LetLift is a mobile app that allows drivers to offer lifts to passengers and donate their profits to charity. The project’s mission is to reduce the negative environmental effects of cars and improve the traffic situation on popular Norwegian roads.


So this is everything you need to know in terms of bringing more people to your project team. Follow all the steps from our guide to hire a dedicated React Native developer on your own or contact us. Relevant experts will provide you with the necessary tech talents. 

Written by
Ihor Feoktistov
CTO at Relevant
I make sure our clients get the highest code quality and the best tech talent on the market. I am also a Software Engineering Advisor for startups. Let's connect.

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