It takes quite an awesome portfolio to attain a full-time web developer position at a corporation. You can do the work well, but can you work well with the company?
Here’s what hiring managers are looking for:
The skillset (obviously). You’ll need to have a great grasp of the programming languages and frameworks to get around in your job (see above). Smart companies are looking to repeatedly improve their processes, which suggests the code you’re using will constantly be changing. You’ll need to keep up.
Willingness to keep learning. Don’t be stuck in the way you’ve always done things. The industry moves at an exponential rate, so web developers got to get on the leading edge of all web technology. Plus, your knowledge will give you more ability to show others on your team.
Ability to solve problems. All developers solve problems every day. A great web developer knows how to figure out the direction the solution to a problem needs to take.
Be flexible. Some web developers might consider their code a work of art and might not want to mess with it. But modern websites are always changing. You’ll always want to enhance upon what you previously built. Listen to others and get input. There are infinite solutions. Another team member might find a solution you would have never thought of.
Excellent communication skills. Sometimes you won’t be ready to solve a drag. This is where the ability to speak up comes in. You’ll have to communicate what the problem is to your team and why it can’t be solved. Or if you feel the need to pivot in direction, you’ll need to let others know why.
Ability to get stuff done. You’ll be working with clients as a web developer, so that means you’ll have deadlines (since they will). You might fall into multiple problems, which could cause projects to become delayed – and you’ll need the ability to power through them all, even when you’re ready to give up.
Time management ability. This is important for the same reason as the above point. Your team may work in SCRUM and have sprints every week, or have some other project management system in place. But it’s still on you to prioritize the multitude of tasks you need to do to help your team meet its goal.