In fact, there are 1.4 million libraries for web developers to make applications.
Even JS frameworks like React.js, Vue.js, Angular, Express, and jQuery are the top 5 frameworks to develop applications.
So here are a few things that large corporations look for when hiring JS developers.
The Top Companies Look for:
Of course, the first thing any employer wants is to test a programmer’s technical expertise. It may vary a lot due to the experience required for a job. But generally, a JS developer will be tested for string manipulation, array manipulation, error handling, etc.
- How to change the class/style of an element?
- Which keywords are used to handle exceptions?
- How to assign object properties?
- What is Strict mode, and how to enable it?
These are just a few examples; however, an employer will ask different questions depending upon their knowledge, requirements, and seniority level of the job position.
Their goal is to find the right developer for their company, and if you really want that golden opportunity, you should be prepared to answer all the questions. (or maybe most of them).
It’s good if you like the small talk, but if you don’t, that is totally fine. But we are not talking about those conversations here anyway.
Just like communications skills are essential for marketing and salespeople, they are necessary for developers too.
A developer must be able to explain the problems or solutions effectively. Otherwise, misunderstandings and confusion might arise.
Kind of questions they may ask to assess soft skills:
- Your CTO asks to change the code, but you disagree with their decision. How would you respond?
- Have you ever taken the initiative to change the direction of a project?
- Suppose you find an error in the code of a senior; how would you tell them to rectify it?
- Do you prefer to work in a team or independently?
- How would you explain an error to your team lead or a client?
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
You must understand the true definition of a software developer if you are one yourself.
A programmer is someone who creates solutions for problems.
It means they should be critical thinkers and problem solvers when they work. You may know better than anyone else that errors and issues occur while doing your job.
A programmer who thinks critically finds a solution more quickly than someone who views a problem from one angle.
That’s why most established companies hire top talent and pay them handsome salaries according to their skill level.
And someone who is just doing a job for the sake of earning money might stay behind in the long run.
Furthermore, someone who may start at a beginner level may become a senior level developer one day, so they will be more suitable for a mentor role if they are passionate about what they do.
Even if someone is a full-stack developer, it doesn’t mean they will do the whole task by themselves; there are dependencies when working with other people.
Software agencies can only succeed when there is a good team synergy among all the team members. And that’s the reason why they look for people who will help their fellow co-workers, working towards achieving the mutual goals together.
Average salary ranges from $90,000/yr to $120,000/yr
More experienced JS developers can make up to $150,000
In hourly rates:
Low — $30
Med — $50
High — $70+
Here, your salary negotiation can do wonders if you know what others are being paid with the same skills and experience.
Furthermore, the age of a candidate might play a role here. According to the Stack Overflow survey we mentioned earlier, the average age group of programmers is 24–35 years old.
But many of the developers nowadays are under 18 as well. So they might not be paid as their elder fellow developers because of various factors like most of them might be living with their families.
Conclusion: Work on What Matters!
I have shared what companies are looking for from the JS developers.
Each company is looking for different skills and expertise in various frameworks as well. You must decide what you are good at and find the right job according to your area of expertise.