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How to interview your interviewers when you're looking for a job

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How to interview your interviewers when you're looking for a job
Twelve questions to ask at tech interviews I've just come off six weeks' of interviewing for medior software developer roles, in a market that is desperate for talent (Amsterdam). That means I went on a lot of interviews. In order to tease out which companies might be right for me, I wanted to ask many questions.

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The Typical Job Interview Process

  1. Screening call or on-site interview: lengthy when done by HR and short when it’s someone technical, also not a good time to fire all your questions.
  2. Technical interview: where your knowledge is assessed by professionals of the field.
  3. Technical assessment, homework or pair programming: a practical test of your skills.
  4. Final interview: meeting the rest of the team or company leaders.
  5. Offer.

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Questions For Your Screener

Questions For Your Screener

Have an introduction and a concise story to tell about your work history. Stack questions are mostly inappropriate here but you can ask the following:

  1. What is the hiring process? Be suspicious if they are asking for too much in one of the steps.
  2. Tell me about the tech team. Find more about the company’s hierarchies and the people who compose them.

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Asking Questions On The Technical Interview

Asking Questions On The Technical Interview

Prepare well for this. At the end of the meeting, they should ask if you have questions and you can ask as many as you need to help you decide to work there or not. You can use that to build rapport if the interview was a little off.

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Questions To Ask At Tech Interviews

  • Who is your ideal candidate for this role
  • What are the biggest challenges for this role
  • Who sets the vision for this company? Informs you on the inner workings and prospects of the company.
  • How do you measure the success of the team, individuals or company? Informs you on what will be most expected of you. 
  • What is the most enjoyable or frustrating thing about working here?
  • Describe the work review process
  • How does an idea go from conception to implementation
  • Explain a technical challenge you’ve recently faced. 
  • What are the plans for onboarding new hires? Informs you on how new employees are valued.

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Questions For The Final Interview

Questions For The Final Interview
If they make you an offer, get really clear on what is on the table — bonuses, pension, equity, vacation days, starting date, etc.

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If you feel there is fog ahead of you due to opacity in the interview process and the multiple rounds, you can simply ask the next steps of the process and the timeline for a decision.

If you think the employer has an elongated set of rounds ahead, request to consolidate them if possible.

Stumped By A Question

Instead of bluffing your way through a question that you are completely stumped with, it is better to be upfront and handle it with honesty and grace. Tell them straight away that you do not know the answer to this question and what similar things you have done which have been effective.

Your life experiences are unique and not identical to what the interviewer is trying to ‘slot’ you into.

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The STAR Interview Response Technique

The STAR Interview Response Technique
  • (S) Situation: Explain the background of the situation. What was your job?
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Why Interviewers Ask It

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How to build your response

  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
  • Future: Continue with what you’re looking to do next and why you’re interested in this job.
You do not have to respond in this order. Tweak it to suit you. Make sure to tie it to the job and company.

Tailor Your Answer

Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.

This is an opportunity to articulate why you’re interested and how your objective fulfills their goals. In order to do that, spend some time researching the company. If your answers resonate with them, it shows that you really understand the role.