To be a good developer you need good coding skills and updated knowledge in multiple languages. But to get hired in a company these skills alone will not serve as a trump card that ensure placement. Definitely, Technical skills updated to fit the companies requirements is essential but more vital is the soft skills that a company look for. It is said that the industry look upon a developer without the essential soft skill would be like a race car without an inbuilt engine.
The first note of correspondence that you make with an employer is your resume. It is often considered that a well written resume is half done. In developing a resume it’s important that one has to project them in the perspective of the employer expectation and make sure that your real skills are reflected in your resume. Apart from the dreaded usage “passion for coding” that has being used and abused in every job description, some essential soft skills that companies looking for include
Teamwork, the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives; It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. The best way to show that you’re a team player in an interview is to talk about projects you have collaborated with others. Written recommendations from team members and employers also go a long way.
Ego Management, Here the question is that have you ever done the coding for a project and gotten it perfect on the first try? Chances are you’ve had to go back to the drawing board multiple times in order to meet somebody’s changing expectations. Flexibility is the name of the game. If you don’t check your ego at the door, you’ll likely be shown out the door.
Communication, Companies are always on the look for people who can communicate their ideas well and listen to others. The most important thing is communication is hearing what isn’t said. The ability to provide constructive and meaningful feedback during code reviews is also a bonus.
Accountability demands that always try to sympathize with the end-users who are having trouble with what you’ve builder, and strive to figure out what you did wrong and how you can fix things
Business sense demands not a skill person, but to know how your role in development has played into a company’s business. What value did you bring? How would this help clients or users? Being able to offer ideas on how you can help improve a company’s business is definitely a bonus.
Interestingly, without doubt for success in an interview what counts most is how you could excel yourself with the appropriate skill sets rather than getting into the gown of an idealized programmer guru.