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The typical process

The typical process

Here’s how the process of interviewing generally goes: 

  • Screening call / potentially on-site interview . Typically done by someone in HR. If done by someone technical, it’s normally quite short. 
  • Technical interview. You’ll have another round of interviews with actual developers and they’ll dig into your knowledge. 
  • For the most part, it’s a waste of everyone’s time and does not assess the right skills.
  • The final interview, meeting the rest of the team. Sometimes this interview is replaced with meeting the founder if it’s a small company. 
  • Offer. 


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Your screener

It’s very common to have someone non-technical do the first interview. 

It’s not appropriate to ask them stack questions because they often have no idea what you’re talking about — even in small companies. 

They already have your CV, but they’ll expect an introduction — make sure you have a good and concise story to tell about your work history. Make sure you know the next step before you get off the phone with your screener.


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Questions for your screener

  • What is the hiring process? It’s likely they’ll go through this with you anyway, but if they don’t, be sure to find out what all the specific steps are with this company.
  • Tell me a little about the tech team. How many members, makeup junior vs. senior, and any hierarchies (is there a CTO? Product owner?)


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Questions for the technical interview

If you don’t care about the answer to a question, don’t ask it. If we’re having a nice chat, I probably don’t get to the ones at the end. If it’s a little painful and hard to talk to my interviewer, I might get to ask all of them.


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Who is your ideal candidate for this role?

  • Who is your ideal candidate for this role?
  • What are the biggest challenges for this role?
  • Who sets the vision for this company?
  • How do you measure the success of the development team / individuals / the company?
  • What is the most enjoyable / frustrating thing about working here?
  • Describe the code review process.
  • How does an idea go from “out in the world” into the backlog and finally to code and production — walk me through your feature development process.
  • Explain a technical challenge you’ve recently faced.


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