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How to land a tech job at Underground Elephant

Landing a job in the tech industry can be daunting. There are a myriad of things to learn and keep up to date with. The interview process can be a bit nerve-racking because you never really know what questions might get thrown at you.

I’ve developed a comprehensive list of things that should set you up for success to land an interview, nail it, and possibly score the job.

1. Have an online portfolio of your work.

When applying for any tech position you should always link your online portfolio. This should include the majority of your past work, and provide a short elevator pitch of who you are and what your passions are. This should give you plenty of talking points in your interview and give the interviewer some insight into your personality.

If you don’t have this already, that’s okay! You can use a free portfolio template from the web. One great resource I used for my portfolio was HTML5UP. You can grab one of their templates and place your most prized, unique works inside for all to see. These are just static templates which can be hosted on github. If you have a totally custom dynamic site that you built from scratch, this will win you extra credit.

2. Do you know what we do?

It should come as no surprise to you that you should know what our company does to drive revenue. Nothing is more embarrassing than when an interviewer asks ‘Do you know what we do?’ and your answer falls flat. If this happens, you’re pretty much guaranteed a courtesy email stating that we’ve selected someone else.

Do your research before even applying. Take a look at our website, and check out our homepage for our ‘about us’ section. You should also get familiar with our ‘Team’ page. The chances of you interviewing with someone from that page are very high, so look them up on Linkedin and find out as much as you can about their past experience and their current role at UE. You should also know about our platforms and be ready to answer questions about each brand. Furthermore, since culture is very important at our company, you might want to take a look at our blog and see what relevant news you could possibly parle into a conversation piece.

3. Skillzzzzz

At Underground Elephant there are so many talented people who have an array of skills that run the gamut. You should know that you are not an exception. You might come on board with limited development experience, but you have to be flexible to learn. If you’re someone who doesn’t like change or learning new things, you might have a hard time here. As a developer you should know at least 3 of the following languages or frameworks: HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, SQL, Node, Symfony, JQuery, Angular, React, Twig and Java. Again, you should have expressed some knowledge of these on your online portfolio and resume.

4. Interview the interviewer

The interview isn’t just an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you, it’s also a chance to get to know us. You should be prepared not only to answer questions, but also to ask them during the interview. Ask as many questions as possible about the position, and who you will be working directly with. Ask for a tour and make sure this is the kind of environment you want to work in.

5. Follow up

If you don’t know this by now you, you should always follow-up after an interview, whether that be by email, telephone, or hand written message sent via messenger pigeon. Thank the interviewer, remind them of your conversations and summarize why you would be a great addition to the team (remember those skillzzz).

This information may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people don’t demonstrate basic interview etiquette. We are always looking for talented individuals who are looking to grown professionally, so if you’re interested in joining the UE team, head over to our Careers page and get the ball rolling.

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