This one is pretty hard to figure since no one will argue with you in a job interview, a good talk about a technical issue might help you with it. Try seeking something the candidate did and they took ownership of, give him the opposite opinion, see if his opinion is firm.
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Sometimes we get to the hard times in our job, the times where we feel like we’re working on auto-pilot. That’s where you need passion, you need the fire to find the tiniest joy in everything you do.
You’re looking for the one that “kicks” the comfort zone aside, is passionate to work and to learn new things, passionate for every little part of the job (even CSS).
Self learning is a great skill and mastering it takes time, sometimes a lot of time. If you find that self learner, who can take a dive into something he has never seen and deliver a solution without even asking, you’ve found yourself a treasure.
Self learning is usually in direct correspondence to being independent, that’s also a skill we’re looking for.
To see if your candidate has what it takes, look for responsibility between his words, see if he says “I took the decision”, “It was my responsibility”.
Try asking “Tell me of things you’ve did and didn’t go well” and see if he takes responsibility or ditches it aside.
As developers usually don’t work alone but as a part of a full eco-system (Front, Server, QA, Product, Devops and many more) he must have decent social skills.
"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
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.”
... or some version of that is one of the most fundamental and common questions asked in any first round of a Job Interview.
Hiring managers usually like to ask this question, because it allows them to assess your communication skills, hear your narrative about the highlights of your career, and lay the foundation for follow-up questions.
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