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CV / Interview Tips for aspiring Developers

By . December 20, 2018
Due to the time of year I have been working with a number of recent Graduates to help them secure their first “real” job.

Recruiting graduates pose a number of unique challenges when compared to experienced hires, they have less experience not only industry related experience but experience of interviews.

There are hundreds of articles detailing interview and CV tips for graduates but I thought I would share some that are particularly relevant to Graduate Developers.

  1. Include examples of projects you have worked on – As a graduate, you may have little or no commercial experience and listing a number of technical skills you have gained from your degree will always pose the questions “how” and “where” you have used these skills. Any extra information or unique projects can set you apart from regular candidates.
  2. Promote your soft skills – This follows on from the first tip, your lack of commercial experience will require you to focus on other skills. Recruiters are particularly interested in your soft skills, teamwork, Time management and communication skills are all required to become a good developer and again as with the first tip provide examples!
  3. Don’t over exaggerate your experience
  4. Promote your interests – Another good way to stand out from you competition and show your passion for the industry. Including self-study, hackathons and personal projects will improve your chances of getting an interview.
  5. Understand your not expected to know everything – This is more of an interview tip rather than a CV tip. Hiring managers understand you won’t have all the technical knowledge and experience in the world, you’re a graduate! They want you to admit when you don’t know understand something. Show your passion for the industry and willingness to learn new things. Admit when you don’t know something. Explain to the hiring manager how you would go about finding a solution. Remember a good developer is a good problem solver! 

- Niall

For more information on the Developer market, contact Niall Gibson

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