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Hiring an AWS Expert: Finding the Perfect Fit from the Start

Hiring staff is always a long and drawn-out process. Some people turn to recruitment agencies, which brings its own challenges, but you hope that the filtering they do helps you get success the first time. 

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In this blog, we'll walk you through what we look for when hiring an AWS expert who aligns with our team's goals.

  1. Define Your Requirements (What do they need to know?)

The first and most crucial step in the hiring process is to clearly define your AWS related requirements. Assess your organization's current infrastructure, applications, and future growth plans. Determine the specific AWS services you need expertise in, such as EC2, S3, Lambda, or others. Having a comprehensive understanding of your project's scope will help you tailor your search for the perfect candidate.

  1. Look for Certified AWS Professionals

AWS offers certifications that validate an individual's expertise in specific AWS services and overall cloud architecture. When searching for an AWS expert, prioritize candidates with relevant AWS certifications, such as AWS Certified Solutions Architect, AWS Certified Developer, or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator. These certifications demonstrate a deep understanding of AWS services and best practices.

  1. Prioritize Hands-On Experience

Nothing beats experience. Certifications are essential, but hands-on experience will win everytime. Look for candidates with a proven track record of successfully implementing AWS solutions in real-world scenarios. Previous projects and case studies can provide valuable insights into a candidate's ability to handle challenges and deliver results.

  1. Cultural Fit

An AWS expert must be capable of engaging with various stakeholders to understand business requirements and translate them into effective AWS solutions. They must also 'fit' into your business and an existing team and way of doing things to be a good fit long term.

  1. Problem-Solving and Analytical Skills

AWS experts often encounter complex problems that require innovative solutions. Assess a candidate's problem-solving and analytical skills through scenario-based questions and technical assessments. Look for individuals who can think critically and adapt to evolving cloud environments.

  1. Continuous Learning

Cloud technology is constantly evolving, and an AWS expert must keep up with the latest developments and best practices. Inquire about a candidate's commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Those who actively engage in webinars, and conferences, or contribute to the AWS community demonstrate a passion for staying up-to-date.

  1. Seek Recommendations and Referrals

Leverage your professional network to seek recommendations and referrals for potential AWS experts. Personal experiences and testimonials from trusted sources can provide valuable insights beyond what's visible on a resume.


Hiring the right AWS expert from the start can significantly impact the success of your organisation's cloud initiatives.

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