I am a mobile software developer that's applying for a Mobile Engineering Manager position at a new company. During my initial phone screening with the company's technical recruiter they were using phrases like "if we decide to move forward", etc. until at some point I must have said the right phrase, because their tone and phrasing changed to affirm that indeed they do want to move forward with the interview process. Moreover, they let me know about the other candidate they're considering for the position. My competition was previously a director of mobile engineering at a previous company. While I do have some management experience leading a smaller team of developers, and personally feel I am a good fit for this particular role, I would not describe myself as "director-tier". Still, I must have some qualities that set me apart from the other candidate, as they wouldn't proceed further with the interview process otherwise.
How can I best demonstrate my value in the interview process against candidates with significantly higher positions in their resumes?
Items of note:
- I quit my job a little over a year ago, and have spent that time learning the technologies this company uses. I can do full-stack development using their tools. (Though programming is not the primary focus of the role, being able to make technical decisions with principal developers is important.)
- My prior company was about the same size as this late-stage startup when I joined them. I've been part of a rapid-growth startup and seen what does and doesn't work in many aspects.
- This is for the head manager across both iOS and Android in a company where mobile is the primary focus, not web. It is not a low-level position, thus I feel the experience of a director role would be immensely valuable.
- I have an opinionated view on how to be an effective manager, and that view is more focused on supporting the team under me, and less about prioritizing the needs of the company. I've been trying to broaden this perspective and take a more balanced approach, as leading a large department, rather than a feature team, is outside of my experience. (Scrum is the devil!)
- Director, in this field, likely means that they were the head manager of separate iOS and Android teams. So, my concern is in demonstrating value against a manager that has lead larger teams at a higher viewpoint than feature development.