First interview required competence

Hi there. I’m in the process of learning to code in JavaScript and Python, and I hope to be good enough in such a way that I could get an entry level job that would , hopefully speaking, add much more coding experience (and thus better opportunities in the future). I was wondering, how much of coding do you need to know in order to sit these interviews and be offered a job?

Thank you in advance.

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It really depends, but if you really put your mind to it and have even a little bit of coding talent, you could be writing code and employable in six months or a year.

More depends on the job your applying for than your actual skills.

For example you can be the greatest Python programmer to have every lived, but you probably will be denied tons of entry level front-end web jobs, as those require knowledge of HTML, CSS and JS. Obviously if you were the greatest you still might get some kind of offer, but you’d need to sell yourself and still be trained to do the job at hand.

I recommend you look at the sort of jobs in your area, see what they are asking for, including languages, frameworks, and technologies. This should give you a sense of what is in demand at this current time. For example it might not be worth it learning Python for directly job opportunities if there are only a few jobs for that language.

Regardless of what sort of job your applying to, you should have enough awareness of your skills to know what you know and know what you don’t, regardless of position and type of interview your having. Its possible you apply for an entry level job that will teach you everything you need to know thru training. Its also possible they will grill you with white board interviews or a take home project.

See what sorta jobs are out there, see what sort of interview processes the companies have, and plan around that. Learn what is recommended and go from there.

Good luck!

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