Job interview and good Resume/CV — tips for programmers from our experts
Today we’ll tell you all about how to prepare for job interview and how to write a good CV if you want to land you dream job as a developer! And who could be more perfect to ask those questions if not two people responsible for recruiting at Order Group? 😉 Sulo — the Head of Developer’s Team and Filip, our CEO revealed some secrets about hiring programmers at Order Group. We were also able to draw some useful tips from them if you’re interested in writing a good CV. Hope those tips for programmers will be helpful! Don’t worry — those tips can be applied if you’re applying for other jobs as well :)
How should a good CV look like?
Experience is the most important thing!
Your experience — this is one of the most important and valuable information for recruiters and has certain prominence. Write in detail about projects you’ve parcitipated in and what was your role as developer. Were they commercial projects? Be specific! What technologies you used? Attach a source if you can (eg. Github). Write about projects that are relevant to the position you are applying for. It really can save the company and you a lot of time if you’re not a match.
Share your educational path. Even if you never really went to school to study programming — write that down. Not having a degree doesn’t mean that you will get automatically rejected. You may lack technical skills, but maybe your motivation is high, so you will acquire needed skills fast. See above — experience is the most imporant thing. If you did finish school — write which school and faculty.
Write your Resume/CV in one language
Choose a langauge and write in only one 😉 It may seem quite incomprehensible, but Sulo told us that he happened to read a CV written in two languages as if the candidate could not decide on one 😉 If you are applying for Polish companies — write in Polish. If you’re applying for English agencies — write in English, unless said otherwise in job description.
Sulo says: “Sure, it’s cool to see someone’s face. From one’s appereance recruiters can get important information about the candidate eg. if he or she is an introvert or feels confident.” On the other hand Filip, our CEO doesn’t care about the picture. “I don’t judge people by appearance, skills are the most important thing.”
It is crucial that the most recent dates and events will appear on the top of the timeline, not the other way.
Provide relevant information
Sulo says: “It’s cool that you’ve won the cross-country in 6th grade and I really appreciate the passion, but — dear Lord — don’t put it on your CV if you’re applying for programming job. We are happy to talk about your passions even on the interview, but don’t include unnecessary information in your Resume/CV.”
Simple — don’t lie.
About anything. Even about the fact that you like hiking. What if at the interview it turns out that the person with whom you speak is passionate about hiking? We obviously don’t recommend lying about your skills — for example that you know Python and you’ve already worked using Django framework when you have never even seen it. It will get you — sooner or later, even if you land your dream job.
Write down your real successes and achievements
Being a finalist of math Olympics, active participation or organization of hackathon, everything that is related or connected directly or indirectly to the position for which you are applying — this is important information, which you can go ahead and put on your Resume/CV.
If you don’t ask — you won’t find out. It also shows that you are engaged, active and interested in the company.
Don’t overestimate your skills
Lies and inaccuracies will get you. It’s better to say less than too much. Potential and enthusiasm sometimes is enough to get a job and it’s ok to not know something! Show that you have an open mind and you’re creative!
Know what you want
It’s a huge plus for potential employee. Have an attitude of someone that knows why he came for an interview. (Fake it till you make it) Know the answers for questions like: why you left your job? Why do you want to work in this company? Why do you want change your job? What you want to work on? Be prepared and confident in your answers! Also prepate yourself for questions about your strengths and ability to work under time pressure.
Worked before for a client? Always a plus!
If you dealt with a client before — you probably know the drill. And its very much appreciated.
And most important: to get a job as a programmer you need to know something already. It’s only a suggestion, and at the same time a friendly warning. If you are not comfortable with your skills yet — apply for an internship instead. It certainly will allow you to spread your wings!
Originally published at blog.ordergroup.pl on February 22, 2016.