Junior developer, what do recruiters expect from you?

Published on 15 May 2019

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When junior web developers seek job opportunities, they must be prepared to meet most of the recruiter’s expectations…

Something you might not know about the recruitment process…

A talent manager is in charge of recruiting the right profile for the company. When interviewing and to make sure you are the right person for the job they will question, observe and evaluate all your interactions and the way you communicate (verbal, nonverbal, and written). This can actually make the difference between your profile and the other candidates when it comes to offering the position.

Technical skills vs motivational skills

Of course they also want to verify your technical skills, however, nowadays the motivational interview is just as important as the technical one. Especially for junior profiles. Since you are still learning the techniques, your ability to adapt, interact and your general interests for the field will play an important role in the recruitment process.

The recruiter surely expects :

Because you’ve come out of a specialized bootcamp, the recruiter knows that :

– you have the right mindset for this role : you know how to overcome frustration, exhaustion and come out of it stronger,

– you believe and embrace lifelong learning,

– you realize you’ll make mistakes whereby you’ll learn and improve your skills,

– you can become any kind of programmer the company needs you to be.

But, the recruiter also expects…

He wants to get to know you, the real you ! Pretending to be another person isn’t helping yourself in this recruitment process. Ending up in a company where your ideas and methods do not belong won’t make you happy. Therefore, when talking to the recruiter in person, you want to show your real self (personality traits, general interests, hobbies…).


=> 6 vital tips to smash an interview
1/ We can only make one first impression

Uncomfortable, impoliteness, too relaxed, soft handshake – it’s most likely the recruiter’s first interaction with you, and if it is unpleasant, they’ll remember.

2/ Practising before an interview is not optional

Practice your answers and prepare yourself before the interview to sound as professional and clear as possible. Even the way you present your “wins” matters according to recruiters at Google.

3/ Do your homeworks

There’s no excuse for not spending just a few minutes on the employer’s website before an interview. You need to know the core business and the biggest clients of the company.

4/ Do not just say you’re a specialist, be a specialist

You need to show them that you’re up to speed on the latest innovations of your fields and have ideas ways to use them – the buzzwords themselves won’t tell that you know what you’re doing.

5/ It’s not just about you

Accept that they know the job better than you do, and make your interview about finding out how you can contribute to the team, not just telling them that you’re the best.

6/ Honesty is everything


Good luck !