Additionally, brace yourselves if English is not your mother tongue. The market is changing quickly, and although only a couple of years ago it was enough to chat through the written form of communication, the requirements have upgraded. There will also be tests included of all areas of English – reading, writing, listening, while speaking is evaluated usually at the very beginning of the screening process.
And since interview steps involve video calls with end clients at a very early stage, it is evaluated in that way, and practically there is no way to avoid that part.
Even after the onboarding process is successfully finalized many outsourcing companies internally organize additional language courses for the developers. That way, the programmers have the opportunity to upscale both their communication and language skills to a higher level.
All in all, this segment is definitely the one that counts as a necessary and elementary skill to have.