Recently I updated my LinkedIn (adding my GitHub with my projects, their source codes, mockups and my website that is under construction but looks very nice on its one page, adding my top skills on LinkedIn)
this week on LinkedIn 2 recruiters from recruitment agencies contacted me and I spoke with them over the phone and both very impressed by my projects and knowledge as web developer, they said they both liked my CV a lot (I don’t even have the banner on linkedIn “open to work”)
What to expect exactly after the initial non-tech phone conversation with recruiters?
for example one of these recruiters told me that the interview stages for that company they are hiring for comprises of 3 stages and one of them I remember he said was a home-assignment about coding and he said it was not time-limited but obviously it is best I complete that code as soon as possible
both of these companies do not have glassdoor or indeed employee reviews
apart from the code challenge, what are the other 2 interview stages about?
first step with recruitment agency asked me both about my web dev experience, for example to discuss my experience with PHP, WordPress, my accomplishments
this is what I will get hired for, then they explained the job proposal in details, benefits and things like this but in the other 2 interviews what would be talked about?
I understand I would be interviewed then by the hiring manager and I guess before then by the tech recruiter or web developer working there already but to talk about what exactly?
How to prepare myself for the full path of interview stages?
There is no standardization in the hiring process. It will probably involve a technical interview led by a couple of developers and a separate interview with a manager or department head. Every company does it differently though.
I’ve been through a few interviews in the last year.
Recruiters don’t have the technical knowledge. You can wow them with skills you have that sound technical. Don’t over-sell yourself or the technical interview they may expect too much from you. You’ll want to be familiar with the position and ask lots of questions. I find getting them to talk has led to good results for me.
Technical interview - They’re all different. I’ve actually given interviews when hiring for my last company. They need to determine your baseline knowledge. Lots of basic CS knowledge questions. If you can answer basic questions, then it will probably get more advanced depending on the position. They may ask questions on how you dealt with issues in the past or what you would do in certain scenarios. You need to get comfortable talking about coding. If you have coder friends, talk shop with them often. That’ll come with experience, but can only help.
I noticed from these 2 phone interviews with non-technical recruiters that when forwarding to the actual hiring companies they want a couple of completed projects but those take time not just forward projects on my GitHub
I am working now on a udemy course to create a WP theme from converting an HTML theme
these non-tech recruiters expect the portfolio website to show off the live projects, while so far my website is nice but is under construction
thanks for your tips, what do you mean by “some of the coding activities online can be truly awful?”
the idea of mostly being interviewed via videocalls makes me awkward, I don’t know to pose, how to look my best and be confident, do you have tips for this as well?
the camera on my pc does not work so I use iriun app and the video passes through mobile phone. the mobile phone is positioned right behind my pc’s screen
how would recruiters especially the technical ones feel about the fact that my pc’s camera does not work?
should I make sure the mobile phone’s camera is positioned where the pc’s camera is? do recruiters care about this?
or should I pretend my pc’s camera works?
Some of the online code tests, like LeetCode, can be pretty awful. I did an AWS one. Wasted half an hour just trying to understand the question and didn’t have time to even complete the coding challenge which was difficult on its own. I’ve heard some of the big companies will do those kind of tests.
My last company, we did an online test but it was just write a function to reverse a string or something like that.