March 31, 2018
How to turn a stressful job interview into a relaxed conversation while highlighting yourself? The advice of our columnist, the Montreal firm My Little Big Web.
Unfortunately, all trades carry stereotypes and that of web developer is not spared. Indeed, the biggest cliché that web developers suffer from is that they are, supposedly, all “geeks”: shy, introverted, who spend their day behind a screen and who have no communication capacity .
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If you’re a developer, you know it’s wrong and you’re much more than that! But sometimes, it is difficult to make it clear to the HR manager who conducts your interview for the job you want to pick up knowing that he probably has some misconceptions.
So here are 5 tips for knowing how to sell for the web developer job.
1. Think of your contact and adapt your CV
Generally, the people who will make you pass your job interview are human resources managers who do not necessarily have knowledge of web development. This is why it is essential to adapt your presentation and your CV accordingly.
Indeed, if you bomb the person with very technical computer terms, chances are you will lose his attention and therefore his interest in you. Instead, mention the skills mentioned in the job posting to which you are applying, for example by referring to relevant experience where you acquired or developed these skills.
Try to be as clear as possible, even if you have to rephrase. Simply taking up the terms of the ad will not only allow the recruiter to understand your abilities and skills, but he or she will understand that you are meeting his or her expectations. In addition, your ability to rephrase and explain your skills will also demonstrate your ability to communicate to computers as well as to humans.
2. Highlight what sets you apart from other developers
At My Little Big Web , we love the difference! In one day, your recruiter will probably have more than one interview for the same vacancy.
It’s your uniqueness that will change the game. The key to any interview is to highlight it and show what it can bring to the company you want to work for. It’s up to you to find your difference and put it forward to stand out and catch the attention of recruiters. This difference can be a trait of character, a technique of work that is unique to you, an enriching experience that you have experienced or a milestone in your life that has taught you something important.
Your difference can also be one or more skills that do not necessarily have links to IT development but that still adds to your value, such as mastering foreign languages, mastering video editing or learning to learn. sales techniques in a previous experiment.
Once you have put your finger on what makes you different, put it forward! Whether in your resume or during your interview, mention this difference with conviction and emphasize what your difference will bring to the company. If however you still can not find, do not hesitate to ask the recruiter what type of profile he is looking for the position, it may evoke many of your experiences you can talk to prove that you are done for the job.
3. Show your openness and your proactivity
Among the qualities often mentioned in web developer job offers, we often find curiosity, the ability to stay up to date or the openness to change.
These three qualities are very important because, we know for a fact that the world of the web is changing constantly and daily. So, before your interview (and this will also be useful throughout your career), however also read the latest news from your industry: Are there has been news updates? The arrival of new software relevant to your activity? New techniques developed? etc … In short, be aware! This will show your interviewer that you are interested in innovation, that you are open to change, you like implement and test new things.