In my experience from working in the Swedish tech market, there are a lot of different companies ranging from small start-ups to global tech giants but when it comes to recruitment they all look for similar things, here is what I think is the top 5:
- Passion - Employers are now looking for a lot more than a developer who can simply code in a dark corner. Developers who are eager to learn about the newest technology or frameworks, programme in their spare time using GitHub and working on private projects are far more likely to get the job. Developing is not just a job, most candidates I speak to work a 40 hour week and then spend their spare time developing, experimenting and learning.
- Credentials - Having relevant work experience, accreditation's, degree/ masters, recommendations and references really do matter. Scandinavian employers look for someone who applied themselves not only professionally but also in their education as well.
- Curiosity - not only in the interview process when researching the company and preparing properly for the role, but from day one managers, co-workers and clients do look for someone who shows a curiosity and the eagerness to find the best results, methodologies and best practices.
- Initiative - Scandinavian employers look for developers who can use initiative and prove it! In the interview, the best candidates can demonstrate times when they have acted on their own initiative and gone above and beyond their job title. Employers look for a team player but someone who can work independently and get on with tasks.
- Cultural Fit - a must in all roles, not only from the employer but also the developer as well. This is a major factor in actually getting the role itself and staying there for the long-term. This can range from similar backgrounds to a good working environment and spoken language.