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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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  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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1) How have you approached building professional relationships while working remotely?

Here’s a few ideas on how to address this question in a thoughtful way:

Gettingto know a new person can be so tough without ever getting the chance to meet in person, so if I get the opportunity to get to know your staff, I plan to do my best to take every opportunity to share my perspective, my story and my experience. I hope this will allow me to introduce myself in a way that doesn't put too much of a burden on my future colleagues, especially while we're all navigating remote work.”

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Tough Interview Questions

Many candidates going for an interview need to prepare for common questions that may be difficult or tricky, just to present themselves as an ideal person for the job.

It is good to know what is a strong, favourable response which the hiring managers and HR professionals might be expecting to hear.

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