My recent front-end interview experiences

Arden de Raaij on March 10, 2018

I'm super happy to tell you I recently accepted a job offer here in Lisbon and started working with a great group of people since last week! I've... [Read Full]
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Congrats on the job dude! Also, great post: I think it really helps to read about the whole job finding process, from start to end.

 

Thanks! I hope it might be a positive note between all the difficult stories I often read about job interviews 🙌

 

I would never understand requirements like this one with Vue. Vue is very new and it is also rather simple. Great front-end people are hard to find and whatever they have experience with - Vue is just another JS framework, which, despite that I like it, can be out of fashion in two or three years and then what does this company plans to do? Fire Vue devs and hire those who know what is shiny and bright at that particular moment? I would really not consider even working at such company at all.

 

Hey Alexey, thanks for your reply! That's not really how I perceived that experience. The Vue assignment could've been in any other framework or vanilla JS as well. They weren't looking for Vue developers, but in need of people who could quickly jump in. I didn't feel comfortable enough to be able to pick up a new framework in a short period of time, so I left it at that. I feel like quickly being able to pick up a framework is something I can work on.

 

There is a fundamental difference between being a contractor and being a permy. If you are contractor and you are being tested for a framework - this is perfectly fine and this is why you consider it as a norm. You work there for three to twelve months and you need to start delivering value from day one.

If we are talking about a permanent position, there is a different story. If a company is serious about their people - they will train you for this framework considering you are good at front-end and JS in general. Pair-programming and some introductory course will set your track, then you can do stuff yourself. If a company is not ready to invest at least this to people they consider to work there for many years - I would seriously doubt their intentions in general. If a company doesn't even understand the point - even worse.

You might be right, I just assume the best as I've had almost no negative experiences during my career, whether as freelancer of working for companies. As an employee, I do value an on-boarding period to get familiar with the stack, but with my experience also feel like I should be able to deliver / contribute quite early on.

Have you had any experiences with companies or even interviews for companies that expected you to be up and running from day one?

 

congratulations on your new job. I'm exactly in the same boat, i will need to find a job in my new city Stockholm relocating from Melbourne after working for the same company over 15years, still do remotely. I'm little nervous but I'm up for the challenge. It's exciting having a new start. Your posting is very helpful, it gives me a lot of positive energy somehow. good luck mate!

 

Hi Joni! Thank you so much for your kind words. With that positicw attitude I am sure you're going to do great. I was super nervous as well but in the end the whole experience was really good and also helped me grow as a person. So how are you enjoying Stockholm, and are there a lot of jobs in your area of expertise there? In any case, the best of luck! And again, thanks for your kind reply, it means a lot.

 

Thanks Arden. I'm enjoying the life in Stockholm very much. I'm not sure about coming winter yet though ;) I'm still working for the company in Australia so I haven't started looking the market yet, maybe sometime early next year. Hopefully i post a successful story like you later. :)

Haha yeah coming from Australia, that's going to be a challenge! That's why I moved to the south, haha. One thing, in hindsight, that I maybe should've done more when I arrived here, was going to some meetups and stuff, especially ones organised by interesting local companies. What I mostly found difficult in applying is that it felt so unnatural. Almost every cover letter I sent out felt like a bit of a stab in the dark. If I already had known some companies and people I might've had a better idea on where to start.

That's just an idea though, you'll be good either way!

 

Great post, very informative.....
I also had to do a codility test to get my first job in tech, I think that's a new trend now in tech companies.

 

Thanks! How did it go and what kind of questions did they ask you?

 

It went well....The questions were about competitive programming mainly about big O, recursivity and jquery.

 
 

Thanks. and lol! I don't really mind, but I know that if you ask me any computer science stuff on the spot I'll tell you I won't. Small assignments and tasks to see how you think and what your level is are alright with me. Even better: a paid(!!) day on the job which allows you to meet the team and allows the team to check out how much potential they see in you

 

Hey, Congratulation for the new job, all the best bro.. I really like your process to find, discover and take the chance,, great post

 
 
 

Congratulations dude! Thank you for sharing your experiences

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