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What would you like to do?

I bundled these up into groups and wrote some thoughts about why I ask them!

If these helped you, I'd love to hear about it!! I'm on twitter @vcarl_ or send me an email carl.vitullo@gmail.com

Onboarding and the workplace

https://blog.vcarl.com/interview-questions-onboarding-workplace/

  • How long will it take to deploy my first change? To become productive? To understand the codebase?
  • What kind of equipment will I be provided? Will the company pay/reimburse me if I want something specific?
  • How will you know if I’m doing a good job?
  • How often do two developers work together on a single task? Three or more developers?
  • How many of the developers have been here less than 6 months?
  • How many developers have been here 2 years? 4 years?

Development and emergencies

https://blog.vcarl.com/interview-questions-development-emergencies/

  • How long does it take to do a complete deployment?
  • What is a big pull request, in lines of code or files affected? How long is it open?
  • How many repositories would I touch to make routine changes?
  • How often do developers have to make simultaneous changes across repositories?
  • How often do you have major outages? What constitutes a major outage for you?
  • Do you have a defined process for handling an outage?
  • Would I be expected to be on-call?
  • What does your on-call process look like?

Growth

https://blog.vcarl.com/interview-questions-growth/

  • About what fraction of their time are developers given (implicitly or explicitly) the freedom to explore or learn?
  • How do you define success and growth for developers?
  • How often do you do lunch and learns, or other semi-formal knowledge sharing?
  • How often would my manager have 1:1s with me?
  • What kinds of topics are usually discussed in 1:1s?
  • Do you pay for conferences?

Project management and prioritization

https://blog.vcarl.com/interview-questions-projects-prioritizing/

  • How do you balance shipping new features and maintaining the codebase?
  • What's the lifecycle of new development, from somebody's idea to deployment?
  • How do you track tasks? How are those tasks created?
  • Do you do agile/scrum?
  • How do you decide what to build?
  • Do you have "swimlanes" in your task tracking? What are they called?
  • How do you know when something is done?
  • What project management software do you use?
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