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Getting more from your interviews

One of the challenges of interviewing is getting all the info you need without it feeling too scripted or turning into an interrogation. Some interviews end up being a general chat and leave both interviewer and candidate feeling like ground hasn’t been covered. Perhaps it’s a project that the developer didn’t get to talk about or maybe you forgot to ask them about their reasons for leaving a particular role.

One of the companies we hire for has had success by following an interview template. Rather than a list of pre-determined questions they focus on the competencies that are important to them and make up the questions as they go. It’s a more natural experience for both parties and gives substance to post-interview feedback.

  • Background and experience - their career path, reasons for leaving and the decisions they have made
  • Technical knowledge required for the role
  • Passion and attitude - ask about side projects, “tell me about a time when…”
  • Collaboration and team fit - don’t hire brilliant jerks
  • Methodologies and tools - what’s their understanding of Agile, CI/CD, testing
  • Communication and presentation skills

Immediately after the interview, notes are compared and it’s decided whether the person progresses to the next stage. That’s usually a technical interview or code assessment.

Going in with a plan encourages thoroughness and ensures a consistent experience from interview to interview. It also gives the developer confidence that their potential colleagues have all been good enough to get through the same process!