Questions to Ask During an Interview

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When interviewing, you want to make sure that you are asking the right questions to the right people. These questions can be used for many different parts of the interviewing process such as asking these questions to HR or hiring managers or even team members you talk to.

It’s important that when you ask these questions, you also follow up with how you agree or disagree and an example of you having the skill or have done the job they have talked about. In other words, engage in further conversation after the interviewer has answered the question. Also make sure to jot down the answers to these questions to refer to later.

You don’t have to ask all these questions but it is good to ask a variety to get a feel for the company, team and the position.

I’ve grouped these questions based on what group you could ask these questions to: HR/Recruiters, Hiring Managers, Team Members and a bonus question you can ask all groups.

What is the hiring process?


  • How did this job become available?
    • Ask this question to get a find out what kind of need they need to fill and if you could be that person that fills it.
  • What is the hiring process?
    • This is important so that you know how long this process will take. This becomes important when you are interviewing with multiple companies. You can also keep track of this. Also, after each step of the interview process, ask how long it will be until you hear back if they don’t mention it. It will help you time when you follow up with them.
  • Timeline for hiring?
    • This is like the hiring process above. You’ll want to know how quickly they plan to hire. If they are in a rush, ask them why they are. The answer here could vary (maybe they are planning for a new product to drop soon and need extra hands on deck). Pay attention to things that could be red flags (if they don’t answer this question directly, probe them to gain more insight and if after that you get nothing, you may need to walk).
What kind of workflow does the team use?

Hiring Manager/Engineering Manager

  • How many engineers are on the team?
    • This is important just so you know how large or small the engineering team is. This may not matter to you but for me, I don’t want to be the first or second engineer on the team at this point in my career. I value teamwork and learning from others. However, if being the first or second engineer appeals you then that could be good for you to know early on.
  • Whats something the company/team could improve on or is improving on?
    • This one is important. If they don’t have any thing they can improve on, that’s red flag. No one is perfect. Also pay attention to the amount of explanation they are going into here. If they can clearly explain what the issue is and how they can make it better and what they are currently doing to resolve things it usually means that they’ve had conversations about this with others at the company or on their team and really want to make things better.
  • What are the challenges for someone going into this position?
    • You’ll want to know what you are getting yourself into before you walk on the team.
  • What productivity tools do you all use?
    • You can ask this to the recruiter of the company to get a basic insight into the tools the company uses such as Slack for daily communication or Zoom for meetings.
    • The hiring manager would probably be best to answer this especially if the engineering team is using something in addition to what the company uses. You could also gain a bit of insight into what tools they are using for deployment and version control. If they didn’t mention it, then it may be good idea to ask just in case you do get the job, you can look into the tools ahead of time before your first day.
  • Is the team agile? How long is the Sprint cycle?
    • Some recruiters of direct company’s know how the engineering team works. If not, ask the hiring manager – they should be able to provide you with a lot of insight into this if not, run away 😂
  • Is there a product team or does engineering talk directly to business?
    • Ask this to get a better idea of how the team is structured. To learn about who the key players you will be speaking with if you join the team. Also, ask where the person who gets this job would land in this equation – i.e. who do you need to be comfortable talking to. You can also use this as an advantage during your interview if you have past experience that correlates to how their work environment is set up.

Team Members

  • Whats something you wish you would have known before you started?
    • The answer to this question could give you a leg up if you end up working at the company.
  • What is something you’ve learned while working at the company?
    • This is big! What they learned is key to what you can learn if you work here. If they didn’t learn anything that’s a red flag that nothing is new and they aren’t being challenged. Which for me is a non negotiable.
What is one thing you enjoy about working here?

Bonus Question – Ask to Recruiter, Hiring Manager and Team Member

  • Whats your favorite thing you enjoy about working at the company?
    • This tells me a lot about what keeps them at the company. If I hear things that have to do with perks only, it gives me a weird vibe but if they mix in perks along with things they do that help the people using the product or service the company provides then I’m interested in hearing more.

Happy 2021 + Job Update

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Hey everyone welcome to the new year! By now, I hope you had time to reflect on the weird year we just experienced and have made some great plans for 2021!

As for my goals: Expect a video each week so subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already, 2 newsletters each month – if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter sign up now. I also want to post more on social media, specifically Twitter and Instagram so if you aren’t following me there, be sure you do. Particularly, more interactive and behind the scenes content.

I figured I would start the year off with a job update. I haven’t updated in a few weeks and we have had the holidays but I did want you to know what I’ve been up to. I also want to tell you about the things I have planned for the new year in terms of job hunting and my channel so read on if you’re interested.

This update is to feature updates from the last few weeks of December a.k.a during the holidays. I didn’t do much but I did get a rejection from a coding test I did. I completed the test this time so I’m not sure what went wrong there 🤷🏾‍♀️ Except it looks like 🗑 However, I learned some basic React while doing it so I’d say thats a win. Here a link to the repo: ( If you are a React Engineer and have a second, I’d appreciate the feedback – Feel free to comment on the repository or send me DM on Twitter or Instagram. Thanks in advance.

I applied to a position. Since its was during the holidays, I didn’t hear back however, I do plan on reaching out to spark some conversation about the job.

I had an interview and they also gave me a coding test just before the holidays and I will be following up with them once people start heading back to work.

I decided to take a bit of break during the holidays. To get the creative juices flowing, I started updating my website with a template. I plan to unveil the finished product some time during Q1 (January – March) 2021.

Going forward, I want to seek out jobs to apply for based on companies that are doing good in the world – whether it be through their products, services or through their users.

I plan to practice getting comfortable with algorithms on HackerRank for sure and probably try out LeetCode as well.

I will film a couple of past coding tests I have gotten from interviews. The idea is to give you an idea of what to expect based on my current job search and to practice for future interviews.

Overall, this year I generally want to get better at interviewing, particularly coding interviews. I plan to land my next role and I plan to put out more videos for you all. There will be videos where I give an update or talk about a topic of interest such as job searching topics and diversity. I’ll also be doing more coding topics such as reviewing old coding tests and completing them and creating projects. I also want to include more videos on how I organize and plan things such as planning how I’m going to update my website.

I’m wishing you all a great new year to come! Please take care of yourself and be nice to others.