Job interviews are stressful for many people. Besides the pressure of getting hired or not, various questions need to be answered before and during the interview, like what to wear, how to get prepared, how much money to ask and much more.
As a Front-end Developer, I’ve made over 30 job interviews in the last 5 years, from startups to global companies, even in different countries… I’ve learned a few things and in this article, I would like to share some of the most important (non-technical) tips to pay attention for having a successful interview and finding your dream job.
1. Define Your Expectations
Let’s start talking about what to do before the interview process. Before having an interview, it is important to know what to expect from that company/project. Everyone has different expectations and so do employers. If they match, then you’ll probably get hired or take the job.
Before applying, reading the job advertisement carefully helps to see whether it meets your requirements or not. Some questions to clarify could be:
- The position (web development, mobile app development, etc.)
- Size of the company (start-ups, mid-size, global)
- Whether traveling is required or not
- Single or multiple projects that the company has
- Which technologies they are using
- What level of experience they are looking for
Maybe not all of them are explained in the job advertisement, but then at least you will know what to ask your potential employer during the interview.
2. Ask help from your friends
Your friends can help you to find a job that you’re looking for. If you have a friend who is already working in a company, it will be a good idea to ask him/her whether there is a suitable position in the company that he/she is working in.
You can also get some information from your friend about the company and decide whether it suits you.
Some companies are more likely to hire their employees’ friends as co-workers.
3. Try to relax
OK, you’ve prepared your CV, you’ve sent your applications and now you have an interview. It’s normal to get nervous before the interview but it doesn’t really help. A calm candidate seems more professional and self-confident rather than a nervous one.
Here are some suggestions that will help you to feel relaxed before the interview:
- Like I’ve mentioned before, do some research about the position and the company, get prepared
- Arrive a bit early so you have time to breathe
- Think positive, focus on your strong skills
- Remember that an interview is nothing more than a conversation
- Enter the interview knowing that (if things go wrong) there are always other opportunities in the market
4. Have an online profile for coding
In some interviews, you will be asked whether you can show your coding skills. In today’s world, everyone has a social media profile. So why not also have a profile for business? (which is coding for us)
For example, you can have a:
- Github account – you can upload your example projects
- Blog Website – you can write about technologies
- Youtube Channel – you can make tutorial videos
Even having 1 of them will make an outstanding difference.
5. Ask & Answer questions with honesty
Honesty is important. Let your potential employer understand who you really are, what you really know and what you expect from the job.
On the other hand, you should also ask as many questions as possible. This is also a good sign that shows to your employer that you’re interested in the job.
It’s important to remember that most of our time passes in our day jobs. We don’t really want to work somewhere we don’t like. Sure, it’s always possible to change our jobs later but we should focus first on staying longer.
Another important point is to talk carefully about your former employers/companies. You will probably receive a question like this: “What are the reasons that you want to change your job?” or this: “Why did you leave the company XYZ?”
Sure, everyone has their own good reasons for a job change, but while explaining your reasons, it should always be within professional and respectful borders. Whatever the reason is, your potential employer shouldn’t think that you’re complaining about everything and if they hire you, you will probably also do the same with their company.
7. Know your market’s salary range
Companies mostly ask your salary expectations on the application form. Make sure that you know the market range in your local region, so you can know better how much to ask for.
For example, if the market range is between $40,000 — $60,000 yearly annual, and if you ask a $100,000 you not gonna get the job unless you’re Bill Gates. (But hey, then you start your own business :))
- So you should know what your local market range is and you can ask something between, depending on your experience.
- Finally, It’s better not to talk about money until they ask.
Last but not least, don’t be late!
The more interviews you make, the better you become. It’s all about the experience. Getting hired is not easy. There will be sometimes 2, maybe 3 interviews. There is also a technical interview, which I will explain later in another post.
I hope those tips I’ve mentioned help you in your following interviews. I wish you guys all good luck and a better career.
Thank you for reading!