DEV Community


Discussion on: Interview Tips for Developers Part 1

greggomatic profile image
Greg Thomas

I've given a ton of interviews over the years and written about this subject. And the one thing, especially when it's a junior position, that always sets candidates apart is one question - what have you done outside of work.

This doesn't mean what is your side hustle or how much have you made or what projects you have finished. Just what have you done?

Have you tried learning new languages outside of your current job?

Have you played around with SDKs?

Have you built a game (though maybe not a games developer)?

Anything is on the table, if it involves technology, that's the main thing I want to know above all technology answers. How interested are you in this profession?

From there, we can chat about what you did, how you did it, what worked, what would you change next time, what works, what doesn't, etc, etc and I can figure out how your brain works, how you solve problems and where you go for help.

If you can do that, if you can show what you do, rather than what you've been told/asked to do - you are miles ahead of everyone else.

chryz_codez profile image
Olanrewaju Alaba Author

Thanks Greg