Learning Objectives

  • Explain employers’ needs for jobs applications


Bring the notes you made during prep.


Understanding employers’ needs gives you a different perspective on how to apply for a certain job position and how to prepare for the interview. Seeing their side allows you to assess your compatibility with the company. Adjust your CV and cover letter and prepare for the interview.


Understanding the needs of employers (30 minutes)

Goal: To understand employers’ needs and how that can benefit you.

  1. Work in groups of 4-5 people.

  2. Take 20 minutes to discuss the following scenario. Write at least 2 ideas about the advantages of hiring junior developers and 2 ideas about the disadvantages.

  3. Everyone should answer them and state their view and opinion

    Imagine you are an Engineering manager at a (small/medium/large) company and planning your headcount for the next year. You are hiring a lead and two midlevel developers but are unsure about hiring more juniors. What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a junior?

  4. In the last 10 minutes, first each group reads aloud the disadvantages of hiring a junior developer, then each group reads aloud the advantages.