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Top 30 questions you should ask the interviewer

Participating in a job interview is a two-way street. Learn about a company by asking the right questions during an interview. Most interviewers will give you a chance to ask them questions. The quality of your questions will be a factor, whether subconsciously or consciously, in their decisions. Some questions may come to you during the interview, but you can - and should - prepare questions in advance. Doing research on the company or team may help you with preparing questions.

Best questions I should ask my potential future employer to find out if they are on the up-and-up and worthy of my talent (Ha!).

  1. How much of your day do you spend coding?
  2. How many meetings do you have every week?
  3. What is the ratio of testers to developers to product managers? What is the interaction like? How does project planning happen on the team?
  4. I noticed that you use technology X. How do you handle problem Y?
  5. Why did the product choose to use the X protocol over the Y protocol? I know it has benefits like A, B, C, but many companies choose not to use it because of issue D.
  6. I’m very interested in scalability. Did you come in with a background in this, or what opportunities are there to learn about it?
  7. I’m not familiar with technology X, but it sounds like a very interesting solution. Could you tell me a bit more about how it works?
  8. What can you tell me about people I will be working with?
  9. How do you approach problem solving?
  10. What do you see as a ultimate goal of your department or team?
  11. What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years? How do you see the future for this industry?
  12. What do you consider to be your firm's most important assets?
  13. What can you tell me about your new product or plans for growth?
  14. What happened to the last person who held this job? Why did the last three developers who left your organization leave?
  15. How have you learnt from mistakes made in your previous projects? 
  16. What are some existing difficulties the company/team are facing right now, and the plan/strategy to overcome them?
  17. Do you regularly have late night sessions to meet deadlines?
  18. What program they use for source control? What development tools will I use?
  19. What are some conscious efforts made to ensure developers are well rested and healthy?
  20. Do you have a training budget? What are some activities the developers or team carry out to improve them skills, craft?
  21. What tools they provide for their programmers? Do they give dual monitors? Good PCs?
  22. What is your least favorite thing about this job?
  23. "What do you expect me to have accomplished for Company within the first six months?"
  24. Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily builds?
  25. Do you have a bug database? Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
  26. Do you use the best tools money can buy?
  27. Do you have a specs or documentation?
  28. Do you have testers? Is there a dedicated team of testers? Do you do hallway usability testing?
  29. I would ask contacts if I could have a chat with my (possible) future coworkers :)
  30. What are the next steps in the interview process?
References

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Comments (4) -

  • ashic

    3/2/2011 3:30:59 AM | Reply

    How many of your projects would you way have failed? If the response is 0, I'm outta there Tong

  • Agafonov Slava

    3/2/2011 11:39:41 AM | Reply

    Super question Ashic!

    • SHAHIDNX

      8/25/2011 11:19:45 AM | Reply

      coming soon to your office..........

  • Dean Hume

    3/4/2011 10:36:15 AM | Reply

    Great Article! There has been many times when I have wished that I asked these questions first!

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