- include portfolio page, GitHub, + LinkedIn profile on resume
- few things slows it down like no updated resume
offer to share pdf and word doc
the word doc is often appreciated by the recruiter to prepare before sending to the client
a. what you're excited about doing
b. share your story
c. share the number of years or months you have with each of the three main required skill
- sharing years before them (be proactive because they will ask)
- show passion to learn
- what you do like you're telling a 6 year old
- avoid using company or industry jargon
Place a high priority on gaining experience by networking and making "intern" experience, e.g. offering to build an app
keys to focus on:
- company website (what do they do?)
- what's the mission of the company in your own words
- view social media accounts to see what they value
- view reviews like Glassdoor and/or talk with current employees if possible
- place them in a public repo
- deploy to a url
- have them ready to share when requested
- projects only in private repos (no public code)
- code older than a year
- public repos don't represent your current ability
- if you don't have it before the call then request it via email or LinkedIn (I wouldn't schedule the call without it)
- note the tech and soft skills
- find out what the top 3 must haves are
- get sleep the night before
- have energy for the call
- have a clean, quiet distraction-free workspace for the call from desktop preferably
- if you've not got these 3, then reschedule
- arrive at least a couple of minutes before time
- where are they from?
- what cause them to become a recruiter?
- how many people have they place at this company and other companies in the past year?
Most recruiters are never asked this and appreciate it when they are.
- seek to know what sort of rapport the recruiter has with not just the company but the hiring manager
- if not much then ask if they have a company with similar needs that they would
- ask them if their senior's in their company have rapport at the company
This gives you heads up if:
- the process is one-off or it's a 5-step process
- the next step will happen in a week or tomorrow
- it's a technical or cultural interview
- have your calendar bookmarked
- be ready to tell them a few best times
- understand if the scheduled time is a zoom call invite or a phone screen
- accept the calendar invite
- create a reminder if one is not sent to you
- it makes a difference if you'll be working on a front-facing app for customers or the internal app for the employees
- is your team all remote and made up of 10-15 people or is it a small team < 5 devs?
- has the role been open for 6 months or was it just available today?
- was someone fired or is it a brand-new team?
- are there colleagues from the team who've been with the company a long time?
- is it agile?
14 - know the salary range that you would need to take the sort of role that they're asking you to fill
- if you're uncomfortable to answer then ask some questions and tell them you'll return to answering when you've gotten some answers
- ask if contract-hire or direct
- ask them what's the total compensation package
- how have comparable candidates been paid (also gives you an idea if they've placed devs in the team)
- if contract to hire will they submit a conversion salary
- if contract do you get full health benefits and PTO
- seek to know how you would mitigate those and ask again at the end of the call whether they have hesitations
- the best scenario is that they have zero hesitation
- if they have hang-ups, address it without being defensive or hurting your prospects
- do sell your strengths and your passion
- tell them that you want the role
- ask and you shall receive
- good recruiters explode with every bit of information that they've got to help you succeed
- bad recruiters will have not gotten this far with you and moved to the next quota
That's it. That's all the nuggets I have. Trust me, the more time you spend putting focus here, the better your odds will be of landing a great role that you enjoy. I'm rooting for you to get the role. Now go seize your next role.