Increasingly, the best employers are looking for someone who will be a good fit for their company. The type of businesses that most candidates would love to work for have an exciting and innovative project to work on alongside a strong team who cooperate well. Team ethic is important to all companies and they are looking for a certain kind of person to add into the mix.
Soft skills v hard skills
The things that are hard to get across on paper are your soft skills. These might include communication skills, team ethic, punctuality, willingness to participate in company fundraisers, that kind of thing.
Not all employers regard soft skills with the same level of importance and some just want someone who can come in and do the job. For those companies that do value soft skills, there are certain traits that crop up time and again on their wish list.
Any developer will tell you that there are some projects that excite them and others that are a bit of a drag. Employers get this but they also need someone who can keep themselves motivated through even the dullest of tasks. If you can give them some examples of projects you’ve worked on which have been a bit of a challenge, where you’ve buckled down and got on with it despite it not being the most inspiring work, they will almost certainly be impressed by your work ethic. They’ll also know that you’ll be an effective part of the team, making sure your tasks are completed so that everyone else can get on with theirs.
Willingness to learn
Sure, there are some employers who are quite happy for their developers to sit silently in a windowless room with their headphones and a Steam tab open for company. Most of the ones we work with would rather have someone who will be an active member of the team. Demonstrate this by talking about times you’ve participated in huddles and round table discussions with colleagues. Mention the online collaboration tools you use too, like Slack, G Suite, and Trello.
A final word
It’s easy to generalise about what employers look for but every business has different objectives and is own ways of working. Before you go for that all important interview, we’ll make sure you know exactly what that particular company is looking for when it comes to these softer skills.