19.03.2019

How To Find Your Dream Developing Job At A Ruby On Rails Agency?

Article by
Maciej Kasica
4 min read

The Ruby on Rails Job Market is Hot

If you’re Junior, Mid or Senior Ruby on Rails Developer and looking for your next job, we’ve done the research for you so you’ll know exactly what to expect. This article covers everything about the application process, possible interview questions, and salary expectations.

The Ruby on Rails Developer job market is very hot because of the high demand for Ruby on Rails web development internationally. Many of the top software houses are looking to hire Junior, Mid and Senior Ruby developers because there are so many large projects that see the benefit of using Ruby on Rails to build their digital products.

As a developer, it’s important to be prepared when looking for work and to know what to look for in an agency.

Applying to a Ruby on Rails Agency

Preparing to apply for a new job can be daunting, but there are some basics that can help you get on your way.

When filling in the application forms for Ruby on Rails web development jobs, you will be asked for your personal details – your name, phone and email. You will be asked to fill in some sort of profile or upload your CV which should summarise your working experience or personal experiences with programming.

You will most likely be asked to assess your skill level when it comes to Ruby on Rails programming, whether you consider yourself a Junior, Mid or Senior Developer. In some cases, you may have to determine your proficiency in the English language. This will be especially true for countries who are not primarily English speaking and work with international clients.

You will need to provide your online portfolios, which you should have prepared already. This includes anything you might have on a personal page, LinkedIn or GitHub.

Then comes the uncomfortable and common question of your financial expectations. Make sure you continue reading to the section that covers salary expectations so that you’re prepared to offer them a fair number.

Once you have filled in all these areas, and you are selected as a viable candidate, you will likely be contacted by the software house with a task – this will determine your actual skill level with Ruby on Rails.

Find the Best Ruby on Rails Agency

As offers are plenty, you’ll need to look for certain qualities in a company you want to work for. You can look for jobs by going to specific agency websites, on social media or job search sites like Glassdoor, Indeed, and RoRjobs.com.

Look for a software house that will invest in you, and offers a self-growth budget for conferences and workshops. It’s beneficial for a Ruby on Rails Developer to find a company that can offer team programming, where Junior and Senior Developers or Mid and Senior Developers get to work together. You also want to ensure that you’ll have room to move up in terms of salary. Most software houses are transparent about their salary increase opportunities.

Ensure that you would be working with an experienced team. You want to be in an environment where you can develop both hard and soft skills.

Finally, check out their social media accounts. Does it look like the kind of company you’d want to work with? If they hold events like Meetups or office parties that’s usually a good sign.

Prepare for Ruby on Rails Interview Questions

A Junior, Mid and Senior Ruby on Rails Developer is expected to have a certain skill-set. You can anticipate that you’ll be asked similar questions to the following:

  • When developing, do you focus on clean, readable code?
  • Have you worked on any commercial projects in Rails? If so, what were the projects?
  • Do you have a good working knowledge of JS / ES6?
  • What other programming languages and frameworks do you have experience working with?
  • Do you have hands-on knowledge of both SQL and NoSQL?
  • How can you demonstrate to us that you adhere to good programming practices?
  • Are you familiar with SQL beyond ActiveRecord?
  • Do you have previous experience with writing automated unit and integration tests?
  • What is your level of experience in working with JS, CoffeeScript or ES6?
  • What is your level of knowledge of good engineering practices, including TDD, CR, and PP?

It might also help to take a look at what resources the agencies might be using to help them decide how to conduct their interviews. Alternatively, it’s strongly suggested you check out what some of the Ruby on Rails experts and influencers are saying. Learning from their discussions and blog posts could give you an edge on other applicants.

What to expect from a Ruby on Rails Developer Salary

Salary absolutely depends on your location, but according to sources such as Payscale, Glassdoor, and Pearson Frank,  there are some numbers you can expect. You need to consider where you are looking to work, the cost of living, and what the average salaries are.

As a junior, you can expect a starting salary of €12,000 – €30,000/ year

As a mid, you can expect a salary ranging from €30,000 – €45,000/ year

As a senior, you can expect a salary of €40,000 – €85,000/ year

These numbers will obviously vary. The cost of living and average salaries will greatly impact what salary you are offered. There’s always the possibility of negotiating the salary, but ensure your expectations are realistic and based on the climate (city, country, your skill-set).  

The Ruby on Rails Community

Being a Ruby on Rails developer is an extremely rewarding job that gives you a lot of opportunities to improve your hard and soft skills which can move you into higher pay-grades. But more than just the salary, as a part of the Ruby community, you are actively contributing to the open source network and you get to become part of a much larger picture.

For a Ruby on Rails Developer, there are a lot of job openings available, especially if you are dedicated to your craft and willing to take self-growth opportunities. It’s just about making sure you prepare yourself for the application process, and then hopefully find the right fit!

As an additional resource, you can check out our careers page to apply to be a part of our Ruby on Rails Development team.


Maciej Kasica

Head of Growth at Ideamotive. Highly skilled in SEM and copywriting.

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