Yes, there are those interviews where you may not have been a perfect fit for the role (it’s ok, it was a 3 month contract, my dream job is forever), but the feedback is invaluable.
Part of the problem with fit is that there are technologies DIYers may not work with because
we need to work with them, in a role at work, on a project at work.
The infinite loop that haunted me in grad school as I was applying for internships is back.
You need experience to get experience to be experienced .
I know companies get this. But I am also aware they just need to get a problem solved quickly and that may make it a hard fit. However, I’d also like to pitch this. There are some things self-taught programmers do best…
- find the answer to an issue anywhere
- learn something new, quickly (talking to you angular)
- find a bug that senior developers might miss as they have seen that same block of code 1 billion times in the last 15 years.
These are the things that code soloists can do, and do well.
Ok, dismounting soapbox now.
Onward with the Best of the Best in Senior Web Developer resources:
Media Queries for Mobile First
This was an interview question,
This CSS Media Queries is my next deep dive. I was given some good advice which is that even though WordPress automates everything, we should always check out what is cooking in frontend techniques used to create responsive sites.
I haven’t worked with @media but see it all the time in projects I work on, I know what it does and why it’s there (screen size, not device issues), that is about it. I would definitely brush up on this as it is used daily.
I always want Coding Over 40 (COF) to be the best of the best resources/life hacks/tips/laughs so I hope that you find these tips from interview feedback helpful. Please share yours too!