In the past 3 weeks, I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs, received tens of rejections, had dozens of interviews, and I understood something.
What makes me unique are the things that are not so easy to show in an interview process. So what makes me different? Here are 7 reasons why you might NOT want to work with me:
1. I don’t lie
You want me to lie to a customer and tell them that we are 50% done with a project, but we haven’t yet started working on it? Sorry, can’t do that.
Am I an expert in all technologies listed in my CV? No, of course not. But I can find my way around Google and get things done.
Do you want honest feedback about your management style or how the product is doing? I will bring arguments and sustain my point of view, in a humane way.
2. I always keep my word
You want something done in 2 weeks? Maybe we have to reduce some features, but I will get you what I promised in 2 weeks. If something that is not dependent on me disturbs my timeline, I will announce you right away so that we will find a solution together.
Do you want someone on a project for 2 years and you want to be certain that they will not leave because you need that stability for your business? If I promise you that, only a deathbed can make me break that promise. I’ve already promised exact exit dates for two companies in the past, and I’ve kept my word.
3. I like being part of a group
I’ve worked alone in the past for several years, and that’s ok, but it’s not my optimal way of working. I like being part of a collective. Being in sync for a common goal makes more passionate about the work I’m doing.
4. I’m not a die-hard fan of any tech
Programming is a means to an end for me. Programming is a tool that helps you achieve your goal. I like to understand the tools that I’m using, but I also like learning about new ones. I will NOT be a die-hard fan about any tech, but I will try to find the best tool for the job.
I am not an expert in NodeJS, but I would love to use it more. I am very curious about blockchain, AI, gamification and UX.
5. I like teaching
The sparkle you see in someone that figures out something is addictive.
I’ve been teaching kids programming for the past years and it’s one of the highlights of my week. I will not give this up.
6. I like working on products that help people
I can’t be passionate about an e-commerce platform that sells shoes, but if I’m hired, I’ll do my best and I think you will be pleased with my work.
But if you’re directly trying to help people by giving them better control for their destiny, teaching them or lending them a hand, I’m the guy for you.
7. I keep a good work/life balance
I won’t work long hours for more money, but I will help you if you’re in a crisis.
I never work from Friday at 4:30 p.m. until Saturday at 9 p.m. This is a special time for my family.
I am still open to work, but if I’m not the best fit for your company, that’s fine.