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The IT industry has a lot of growth and thereby demand to hire skilled personnel. I have had three jobs for the last five years and experience in both being interviewed and interviewing people to join a team. That experience has taught me a lot and this article is about sharing some of what I’ve learned.

My background is a web designer that became a developer and I am now working in the role of a team leader, helping out in recruitment for new colleagues.

Your first interview

I was one of those kids who spent a lot of time thinking and very little time talking. It wasn’t until my teens that bubble burst and I started saying what I was thinking. And at first, people were happy and surprised, it turned out I had a lot to say and a lot of thinking behind what I said.

Then, all my opinions started to turn people off. It seemed like once I’d switched my talk button to ‘on’ there was no ‘off’-button. …

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When you do interviews for a position as a [web] developer, the first step is usually a presentation of the company with an “informal” interview, where you get to present yourself as a person and not just a resumé on a piece of paper.

If you aren’t entirely socially inept, you will most likely have a follow-up with a test assignment from the hiring company to help evaluate your programming skills.

What is it you’re trying to measure?

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In the early days of my career as a developer, I had to do all the work of finding a job opportunity myself. My CV was short, it didn’t “tick the right boxes” and hence I was unaware of the business of recruiting and what a mess it is.

Now that I have a CV that apparently tick all the right boxes, there’s not a day passing by without recruiters mailing me on LinkedIn or directly to my email, trying to get my attention, more or less desperately, in order to get a slice of my schedule (diary, if you’re…

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Among my fellow developers, I find myself somewhat of a rare breed. I didn’t come into coding from childhood, as many of my colleagues. Instead, my entrance into development originally began with graphics-design.

To understand where I come from I want to begin with a brief history about me.

The creative versus the technical mind

We sang in church…

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Having a driver’s license is a sign of adulthood. And how hard it is to achieve varies throughout the world. Sweden is a country with varying climate throughout the seasons. There’s a lot of snow, wind, ice and leaves falling and since the country is so wide-spread there’s a lot of roads that doesn’t necessarily have the highest level of maintenance. Because of this, and perhaps partly because Swedes are suckers for rules and being orderly, getting a driver’s license in Sweden isn’t that easy.

Getting a driver’s license in Sweden

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When I’ve done interviews for different companies from time to time I’ve received questions about my experience being a woman in a male dominated industry. Such as “If my experience has lived up to my expectations”.

My being transgendered (“transsexual” if you want to be picky) is not really a secret (otherwise writing articles on Medium would be an interesting way of “coming out”). Although for quite obvious reasons its also not something I usually present in my first encounter with new people. So, I believe I’m generally perceived as female and hence that is the experience I’m asked about.

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve struggled with procrastination. In my case I have a diagnose (ADD) to blame, but even if you don’t, who hasn’t on some occasion done something fun and put off chores?

Now, “putting things off”, usually doesn’t mean “not doing anything at all”. It just means you’re “doing something”, while “knowingly putting of things that are more important to get done”.

Putting it like that make it look rather silly, doesn’t it? Silly because its obviously irrational and the solution hence should be simple. Do the important things instead!

But if that was the…

When you become a frontend developer focused on JavaScript, you are easily overwhelmed by the copious amount of things there is to know and to learn, in order to stay relevant.

If you, like me a couple of years ago, just recently got into more advanced JavaScript, there is an obvious risk of overwhelming self-doubt. Will you ever be able to learn what you need to begin, even less so to catch up with people that have a lot more experience in the field? So, why even bother, you might think?

The Secret

The secret to JavaScript and all the…

Hanna Söderström

Web developer, mainly frontend, originally a designer and I’ve done backend as well… I’m pretty much all over the place! I like learning stuff and sharing!

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