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Interview Tips and Tricks

  • Always do your research on who you are interviewing with, what is their background and is there any commonalities you can discuss?

  • Research the company in lots of detail, find out more about what they do, their history and who they have in their team

  • Build a question list before the interview, ensure before you leave you have every question clarified to make your decision easier

  • Show your passion for Erlang and Elixir. Have you done work outside of your role with the Beam community? Do you have any white-papers or a Github profile to share? 

  • Pick examples of projects you have worked on and revise these before your interview. Ensure you have clear examples to discuss when asked. 

A good article read is via Kamil Lelonek here;

Elixir vs Erlang

Elixir vs Erlang: What are the differences?

  • Elixir: Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications. Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain;

  • Erlang: A programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.

A good article to read on this topic is here from Kerry Doyle;

Hiring Trends throughout 2021

The Elixir and Erlang stack makes up about 2% of the global development needs th