Today, Unity is considered a leading platform for creating stunning 2D and 3D video games for smartphones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and even AR/VR devices. The world-known Subway Surfers, a game that was downloaded over 3 billion times, and Among Us (60 million peak daily active users) are powered by Unity.
But Unity is not just for game development ‒ the platform is also used in architecture, construction, eCommerce, and other industries, offering flexible tools to design innovative solutions. For instance, Volvo Cars used Unity to incorporate real-time technology across all stages of the vehicle production life cycle. As a result, they managed to reduce reliance on physical prototype vehicles, improve design-engineering communication, and more. Without a doubt, a skilled Unity development team can help you release a unique product to the market. But the question is, how to find and attract these specialists?
As a global recruitment company, we at Bridge understand the struggle of hiring professional Unity developers. The demand for Unity creators is high, while finding fitting candidates with the right skill set can be challenging. That’s why, in this article, we would like to share a guide on how to hire a Unity developer. We will also discuss some additional options for hiring these specialists, so keep reading to learn more.
How to hire Unity game developers: main steps
There are two ways for finding Unity creators ‒ hire a recruiting agency that will do the job for you or do everything on your own. When you prefer the second option, here are the key steps you should take when hiring Unity developers.
Define skills and qualifications required for your project
Each project has specific requirements for the proficiency level of a Unity developer, but there are some basic skills and qualifications a Unity creator should possess. Here are some of them.
- Strong proficiency in C# programming language
C# is a primary programming language used to build games and apps in Unity. It allows developers to create scripts ‒ pieces of code to handle user input, create graphic effects, control the behavior of game objects (like how characters move or interact with each other), and more.
- Good knowledge of the Unity software and tools
Since Unity offers a great number of tools that open wide possibilities for creators, you have to be sure your candidates know how to use them to build an immersive game. In general, a Unity developer should know how to work with Unity Editor, navigate the Unity Asset Store with textures, models, and animations, use Unity Analytics to better understand gamers’ behavior, utilize Unity Performance Reporting to analyze what’s happening during the runtime and optimize performance faster, and more.
- Understanding of the UI/UX design process
Unity offers three UI systems to create user interfaces, the choice of which depends on the user interface you plan to build. Yet, apart from knowing how to work with UI systems, a Unity developer should understand how the UI/UX design process works in general. It allows creators to build engaging, user-friendly, and accessible games, while also establishing a strong brand identity and saving development time and costs.
- Experience in 2D or 3D development
Depending on the type of your project, it’s preferable to hire Unity developers that already worked with relevant technologies. Since Unity is a 3D platform, understanding the basics of 3D development like 3D modeling, texturing, and animation is a must (unless you have a 2D project, of course).
Although the above qualifications are just a brief overview of what a Unity app developer should be able to do, it’s difficult to assess these skills if you are not a Unity specialist yourself, or a person with a technical background. But that won’t be a problem with Bridge. We offer tech-savvy recruiters across the globe that validate the information in candidates’ profiles and provide you with a list of pre-screened Unity developers for hire. The only thing left for you is to interview applicants and choose the most suitable one.
Write a job description
Your next step would be to write a compelling job description, which includes the candidate’s key responsibilities, project objectives, required skills and qualifications, and so on. To give you an idea of how it might look like, here is a sample of the Unity developer job description.
Prepare a list of interview questions
After posting your job description, it’s time to prepare for the interview phase. Here are some questions you might ask to test the candidate’s hard and soft skills. Of course, you might add your own ones depending on your project needs and requirements.
Possible questions to assess hard skills
Below you can find some questions you can use to evaluate your applicants’ technical knowledge and abilities. For this part of the interview, we highly recommend inviting specialists experienced in Unity development:
- What coding languages do you work with?
- What features make Unity one of the most popular game development engines?
A Unity creator should be able to describe and explain the platform’s capabilities and tools, as well as provide reasons for why the platform is so popular among developers. Such a question allows you to check whether the person understands the platform’s benefits, like simplicity and versatility, and knows how to get more value from it.
- Let’s say you have completed a game project. How do you optimize its performance further?
A Unity engineer should clearly understand why game performance is crucial for a positive user experience, and be ready to reassess and refine the code when necessary. The answer to this question will help you evaluate whether the developer is capable of analyzing the app’s performance in real-time and fixing issues in case they occur.
Possible questions to assess soft skills
Evaluating candidates for soft skills, like communication, trouble-shooting, teamwork, adaptability, and more, is essential to validate if they fit your company culture and can effectively collaborate with other team members such as designers, project managers, and artists. Here are questions you can use as a basis for interviewing Unity engineers.
- What would you do to ensure timely project delivery?
Qualified candidates should possess strong problem-solving skills to analyze issues, identify solutions, and implement effective strategies, ensuring that unexpected bottlenecks do not cause delays during the development process. When asking this question, try evaluating the developer’s ability to prioritize tasks, efficiently manage their time, and meet deadlines.
- How do you explain Unity features to non-technical team members?
Apart from being tech experts, Unity creators should be able to present technical information in front of multiple people and ensure it’s clear for everyone, including non-technical colleagues. This question will help you uncover the candidate’s communication skills and ability to explain complex tech terms in plain language.
- When the game project is completed, how do you determine whether it meets the current market requirements?
The questions like this help you assess how well the candidate understands the game industry, its standards, and current trends. What’s more, a Unity developer should be able to identify points that need improvement and offer solutions to efficiently refine the developed product.
Alternative ways to hire remote Unity developers
When you don’t have enough time and resources to fill the talent gap on your own, Bridge team can help you out. We provide two types of recruitment services to scale your team hassle-free.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time searching and screening candidates, you can delegate this task to us. Using our proprietary sourcing engine, built specifically for tech recruitment, we can help you find suitable candidates five times faster. Here is how it works.
Based on your requirements, our engine defines the right candidate from the 900K-wide talent pool. Next, our team of sourcers validate the candidates’ profiles and contact them in their native language. With Bridge, you can expect to get the first candidate to interview within five business days, while the service we provide is cheaper compared to hiring an in-house recruiter.
If you want to hire remote Unity developers for short or long-term engagement that fit your team culture, consider our IT staffing services. Payroll administration, employee benefits, and tax documentation ‒ it’s all on us, while you have total control over your development team. We can help you hire talent from any timezone across the globe, and you can manage your talent pipeline using our clients-only Bridge platform.
Hiring on your own vs collaborating with an agency. What to choose?
Still not sure whether you should hire Unity developers alone or partner with a talent sourcing agency? Here’s a quick summary.
Hire on your own when:
- You search for one or two experts and don’t plan to hire more in the future.
- You look for specialists with easy-to-find skills.
- You have prior experience in recruitment and hiring.
- You are not limited by deadlines and have plenty of time at your disposal.
Collaborate with a recruitment agency when:
- You need developers with niche expertise.
- You have a limited budget and tight deadlines.
- You plan to extend your team with new experts in the future.
- You have many tech positions to fill.
All in all, when you need specialists with rare expertise like the knowledge of distributed network systems or VR integration with Unity, for instance, or your in-house team can’t handle the increased workload timely, it’s better to leave the staff recruitment to professionals like Bridge ‒ we will provide you with the top Unity creators in no time.
Contact us now to get started!