…aaaaand I’m freaking out.
It was a beautiful, but common, day. I was playing my tin whistle and planning to improve the horrible design of my chat application that I made yesterday with socket.io (it really sucks, I swear, I was doing it for the nodez).
Then, it happened.
I received a message on my LinkedIn account.
And it was a recruiter looking for a front-end web developer. For a startup.
Now, my life has just got a hell of a turn. I’m at the moment in my hometown, and the interview is at the city where I go to the University. It’s in another state. But I’m going there (my classes are going to start the next week anyway). I’m leaving today.
Thing is. What the hell do I do.
Even though I’m comfortable with all the required skills, I don’t think I can make it.
I have no experience. My portfolio is incomplete. I’m a 19 years-old girl that isn’t even in a CC-related course (I STUDY ARCHAEOLOGY). The last things I made were the chat I mentioned and… a Telegram bot with node.js that throw random curses at you. Yes. Curses.
Their average salary is 925$, which is actually pretty good for my country (Brazil). There are a lot of companies that pay so much less than that. And it makes me less hopeful.
I have started to accept that it’s highly improbable that I will get this job. But I really want to try. It’s my first interview EVER. I’m pretty scared, to say so. But I want to make and get the best of it.
Now, the point of this thread is I really need advice. I’ll be reading a lot this forum in my nine-hour trip, but since I have only one day to prepare to something I still didn’t prepare for, I chose to ask for help for my specific case.
Should I take the day off to make a really good responsive website?
Should I improve my chat app?
Should I improve any other app I have made?
Really, what would be the best move to make?
Also, ANY interview tips will be highly appreciated.
The only thing I know is, if I have the chance, I’m planning to ask the interviewer a nice question I read in a medium (probably FCC’s) post some days ago, that is something like “If you decided not to hire me, what would be the reason?”. I really want to get a job this year. This might not be the one, but I’ll get one, and this question sounds really good for improving myself.
By the way, if you can look at some of my stuff and rate it would be nice.
My portfolio: http://lais.surge.sh (it’s incomplete, I’m going to add links to the projects in the portfolio section as soon as I have the chance. I think it has a cool design that represents me a lot, but it lacks features I was planning to add later).
My codepen: https://codepen.io/laisfigueiredo/
Twitch streaming for FCC - http://mytwitchstreamers.surge.sh
Thanks, and sorry for the long unnecessary amount text.