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honey the codewitch16-Jul-21 5:49
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Disclaimer: I'm probably more of a developer than anything, but I've held senior positions for most of that time. Also I've got to talk about myself a bit here because it's only fair you know how I came by my information.

I would consider someone senior if they were comfortable in the following roles (whether or not they will be doing them in a particular position):

1. They should be good at being a team lead, which requires some amount of project management
2. They should be able to supervise and mentor (see #1)
3. They should be able to be critical in making hiring assessments that benefit the company
4. They should be a good liaison between management and the software team
5. They need to be good at communication at a high level (see #4)

#4/5 is one that was the most challenging for me, because I'm very technical and analytical, but I was good at the first two in large part because developers tend to respect me professionally - i can develop as well as lead a team and manage a project. I'm good at the 3rd one because I'm good at assessing people's technical abilities. This is probably overall why I've been in those roles.

I hope that helps.

ETA: It seems some people here have had different experiences with what people expect from senior developers. I was working at consulting firms that would hire at senior level and expect something very much like the above from anyone that they hired at that payscale.
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