Showing code samples when interviewing for technical jobs?


What type of code samples should you show to a prospective employer when all your work has been for other companies? I don't currently have any open source contributions that employers can look through. And showing a past employer's code is a huge no.

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asked May 9 '14 at 14:16
Kevin Sloane
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The short answer is to build up a technical portfolio. Designers do this. There's no reason software engineers can't too.

Spend some time creating some small projects of your own. It doesn't have to be a particularly useful product, because you're not out to start a company. It can be something fun, or related to features you've built for previous employers.

For example, if you had to build a mortgage calculator for a previous employer, go build one for yourself. Don't worry about the UI if you're not a designer. Just get it working.

Or, if you like games, build a blackjack game or 2048 clone. You can even build some widgets, like a slideshow or image processor.

Ideally, these projects should cover the range of your skills. It will take time to build these, but they can serve as a great way to put your best foot forward when prospective employers ask for code samples.

answered May 9 '14 at 19:35
Mike Lee
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