Full stack engineer jobs with front-end experience

I am a recent grad who is applying to entry-level back-end and full-stack software engineering jobs, but I am not sure how to convey my enthusiasm for these types of positions on the phone screen with the recruiter, especially since I do not have any professional/internship experiences in those areas. I did, however, complete an internship with a top tech company, but the position focused on front-end development.

How should I convey my enthusiasm for full-stack and back-end engineering?

Think about the experiences on your resume and in your portfolio that demonstrate your expertise in full-stack or back-end development. During your phone screen, you should spend some time expanding on those experiences and highlighting how they helped lead you to your passion for back-end or full-stack engineering. For back-end, emphasize experiences that involve databases, algorithms, MySQL, MongoDB, Oracle, SQLServer, Redis, Java, Python, and Ruby. For full-stack, draw attention to your skills in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, databases, web storage, web architecture, HTTP/HTTPS, and backend languages.

If the interviewer asks you about where you see yourself in 5 years, this is a great opportunity to let them know that your eventual goal is to become a mid-to-senior level full-stack or back-end software engineer. On the other hand, if the interviewer asks open-ended questions like, “Tell me about yourself,” you can craft a narrative that shows how your interests in back-end and full-stack engineering emerged from your previous experiences, including your front-end development internship.

If you’re applying for an entry-level full-stack or back-end software engineering position and you emphasize your relevant experiences from the get go, they are more likely to move you forward to the next round, even if you do not have job or internship experience in back-end or full-stack.