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Discussion on: What skills, besides purely technical, do you look for in other developers?

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April Wensel

Most of what I look for falls under the umbrella of emotional intelligence, which includes the ability to recognize and manage one's own emotions and to be considerate of the emotions of others. Empathy is a big part of that. Humility is also important, and on a related note, open-mindedness to new ideas and suggestions from others. Embracing a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset, when it comes to the developer's own abilities and the abilities of coworkers and interview candidates is also key. I actually teach workshops and mentor engineers on developing these human skills, so feel free to reach out if you want to discuss further!