10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Access Programmer

Access is an excellent tool for businesses that deal with large volumes of data. An ideal Access programmer is skilled at creating custom applications that manage data in smart, user-friendly ways. Access works in conjunction with other Microsoft programs such as Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint, so you’ll want to hire an Access programmer who is familiar with the whole Microsoft Office package. When hiring an Access Programmer for your business, there are a number of other important factors to take into consideration.

1.   How are you currently using Access?

A smart first step is to define the types of business problems you are currently solving with Access. Is Access used to manage data company-wide, or is it only utilized by specific departments? It’s important to know who and what your Access programmer will be working with if you want to find the right fit.

2.   What are your Access needs?

Do you want custom Access applications that will simplify your everyday business operations? Maybe you have a slew of time-sensitive data issues that need solving ASAP in order to keep the business afloat. You must hire according to your needs; if you’re simply trying to make business operations run more smoothly with the help of Access, you may not need to hire a new employee.

3.   What kind of data does your company work with?

Not all data is created equally, nor should it be treated equally. It’s essential to define the data that you need help managing because you’ll want an Access programmer who has experience dealing with similar types of data. Does your business deal with confidential personal information? Is the data that you need help managing time-sensitive? You’ll want to hire an Access programmer who is equipped to handle your specific data needs.

4.   Who in your company will benefit from an Access Programmer?

A skilled Access programmer can benefit the entire company as a whole, or they can merely simplify daily operations for a specific individual or department within your organization. You should identify the key figures in-house that would benefit from hiring an Access programmer — their opinions and insights are important because you need an Access programmer that can provide what they need.

5.   How long do you need them for?

Do you have a small list of problems that need solving, or is data-management a persistent issue that hinders your business operations? You shouldn’t hire a full-time employee if your Access needs are limited to existing problems that you’ve already defined. Moreover, a freelance Access programmer is probably not the right move if you are a data-rich organization that depends on the safekeeping and efficient use of its data for survival.

6.   Should you outsource or hire a new employee?

An in-house employee is best for businesses that have a lot of on-site data-management needs. Meanwhile, outsourcing is best for companies that encounter data-management issues less frequently. For companies that regularly have Access-related needs, an in-house employee is ideal.

7.   What kind of experience do they have?

Does your job candidate have experience in a relevant industry? Do they have experience managing similar types of information systems? Ideally, an Access programmer will have experience working in an industry related to yours, and they should have experience managing the same types of data. It’s hard to find a perfect fit, but the more closely-related their work experience, the better.

8.   Do they have a proven track record?

You’ll want any candidates you interview to provide examples of Access solutions they’ve managed. They should be able to prove their skills with a few noteworthy achievements and expect them to elaborate on how their skillset has benefited employers and colleagues over the years.

9.   Do they fit your team?

Of course, you want an Access programmer who is experienced and qualified. But you also want someone who will get along with your team. Don’t hire an Access programmer who is only accustomed to working alone if you need them to interact with several department heads regularly throughout the work day. Be sure to consult with the employees who would most frequently work alongside an Access programmer.

10. Does it fit the budget?

Last but definitely not least: You must have room for an Access programmer in your budget! The costs will vary, as you have a variety of options — from freelancers to third parties, to full-time employees, Access programmers come in many forms. If you don’t have much room in the budget, consider starting with a third-party consultant or freelancer and see how much you save on the bottom line before moving forward.

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