How to Vet a Startup's Culture While InterviewingBy Chris Muir
When you're considering a job at a startup, it's important to take their culture (workstyle, values, and environment) into account. Here's what to look into.
Breaking into a new industry is hard enough. Breaking into a new industry and learning to code is even harder. But if you’re willing to put in the time to network, build your own apps, and contribute to the developer community, you’ll be able to break into tech. Here are a few tips and tricks from Ruby on Rails developers based in NYC.
“Recently, I met a person at a meetup and we talked a lot about programming. He was very junior, but he really cared about coding and was working on learning a new framework. I liked him and thought it would be cool to hire him. Later, I saw his resume and it sucked. Not because it was poorly written, but because everything I liked about him wasn’t expressed there, and I can’t imagine how [he] could have been.”
“Tell us exactly what code to look at. Less is more. It could be a single class, a pull request or specific commit. Don’t just point us to your github profile or a big Rails project.”
“Be polite, demonstrate some positive attitude, show some skills and everything will be fine. Find a company you will die to work for and make your goal to get there. If they say No first time ask for advice how to improve, or maybe try a similar position that will allow you to move closer to your target. Keep improving every day.”
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