Job Interviews

What are you trying to get from this position? What do they want from you in taking this position?

Show Confidence

Hiring managers want someone who has done the same job somewhere else OR someone who can ramp up fast. They also want fresh ideas. Here’s how to deliver on all of these.

  • Review the job posting (if you have it).
  • Write down which things you have experience with and how you’ve been successful with each.
  • Then, write down which things you don’t have experience with and what your plan is to fill those gaps, learn quickly, and start delivering.
  • Last, think of a situation where you shared and/or implemented a solution or idea. What problem did it solve? What was the impact? How did you execute?

Your goal during an interview is to give the interviewer confidence. The confidence to hire you.

Questions to Ask

The Joel Test[3]

I've come up with my own, highly irresponsible, sloppy test to rate the quality of a software team. The great part about it is that it takes about 3 minutes. [I]t’s easy to get a quick yes or no to each question. You don’t have to figure out lines-of-code-per-day or average-bugs-per-inflection-point. Give your team 1 point for each “yes” answer. A score of 12 is perfect, 11 is tolerable, but 10 or lower and you've got serious problems. The truth is that most software organizations are running with a score of 2 or 3, and they need serious help, because companies like Microsoft run at 12 full-time.

  • Joel Spolsky



Last modified: 202212070107