As I get older, the soft interview is becoming more important more tricky. Part of the soft interview is my list of questions to interviewer.
Tip: If possible, ask a “salesy” question so you can highlight your memorable strengths. More importantly, ask smart, serious questions.
How about “truthful” question that show your real concern? I feel there’s very limited value in truthfulness here.
Some people (like me) don’t like [e]asy questions, but interviewer may find it too sensitive and blunt, though they can always dodge it.
- [e] Q: between quality and speed, what’s more important in everyday situations?
- Q: bottlenecks and what was/is done about each
- [e] Q: what are your challenges?
- people not communicating enough?
- requirement changing too fast?
- [e] Q: what design trade-offs have you made?
- [e] Q: what user groups, and what challenges do each present?
- [e] Q: what types of team player are needed here?
- [e] Q: how is performance *measured*?
- [e] Q: your management style?
- [e] Q: median age among the developers?
- Q: Are expectations any different on an older developer (say, my age)
- Q: who is the most important (not necessarily biggest) competitor?
- Q (only for the hiring manager): Based on what you have learned about me in this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my ability (not suitability) to do this job?
- Note This is a pretty aggressive question, but if there is a good rapport built during the interview, it can be useful. More assertive hiring managers like this as it shows the candidate is not shy about seeking feedback. This can also clear the air of any lingering concerns or possible miscommunications/misconceptions that are a subtext to the interview.