Be open, communicative and do not be afraid to explain your thinking process. If that means you go to the board and draw diagrams, even better.
This is the short version of the advice of Jon Stemmle, vice president at Topspin Media, about how to be successful in an interview for the front-end position. To find out more, read the interview.
What is your current job? For which jobs do you find job applications?
I am vice president in Topspin Media. I review applications for all positions as an engineer, operator, product manager, design, and QA.
What can students do to separate their application from the rest?
Good motivation letter. And to inquire about the company.
Which students are most successful in the positions for which you are viewing applications?
According to me, the most successful students are Computer Science and Symbolic Systems.
What is what you are looking for in the summaries and the motivation letters? Are there any things that can be immediately sent by the applicant to the rejected bids?
Something that really refuses me are spelling mistakes and summary in more than two pages from someone who is not having experience.
Positive things are a well-written and consistent summary. I see that as an indicator that the applicant is careful about the details. If you do not pay attention to your resume, how can I expect you to be different in the workplace?
What steps should a student take to best prepare for a career in this field?
Mainly looking for intelligence, the ability to learn new skills and excellent communication.
What sets the best job candidates in front-end development?
I want front-end developers who go one level deeper into solving the problem they face. The best candidates are excellent speakers and easily explain the projects they worked for. They will gladly go to the board to clarify things through diagrams.
Homework! Make a plan so as not to catch you unprepared for an interview. If you know that the diagrams are important, then be sure to carry a blank sheet of paper and pens (in case there is no board in the room). Remember: This may be crucial in terms of whether you get the job or not!