8 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

8 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Interviews are always stressful situations. Most of the time we’re focused on putting our best foot forward, making a good impression, and (for technical roles) focused on giving solid and correct answers.

But there is always that moment at the end when the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” When I was younger, I was usually so focused on how the questions went that I usually only had cursory questions at this point or drew a blank. At the end of the day I’d realize I didn’t actually have a good feel for the job, my role, or whether the team was healthy.

As I’ve progressed during my career, I agree with the questions in this article. I’ve seen them worded differently, but this list was pretty comprehensive.

QUESTION #1: What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty gritty of the every day. Make sure it is full of the things you like.

QUESTION #2: What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent those values?
Dig deep to get more information on the company’s culture. You’ll get insight into what is most important for the company as a whole, and what it values in the individuals who work there.

QUESTION #3: What’s your favorite part about working at the company?
Gives you a sense of the interviewer’s opinion about working there. If enthusiasm flows easily, that’s a great sign. If it doesn’t, that is worth noting too.

QUESTION #4: What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?
It’s crucial to have a deep understanding of how a company measures success. What are the key performance indicators for the role? How, and how often are they measured?

QUESTION #5: Are there opportunities for professional development?  If so, what do those look like?
When asking this question, you’re looking to key into whether there are opportunities for growth and whether the company has a development program. Stagnation is a big red flag.

QUESTION #6: Who will I be working most closely with?
This question will help you get a better sense of the dynamics of who your collaborators will be. Jot down names, ask for titles. It’s important to evaluate how cross-functional (or cross-geo) the role is. Ask how much influence/authority to change things you’ll have in those interactions.

QUESTION #7: What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job?
Knowing the good is just as important as knowing the not-so-good. You want to understand the scale of the problems you’ll be dealing with.

QUESTION #8: Is there anything about my background or resume that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role?This question displays that you’re highly invested in the job and committed to understanding your prospects as a candidate. Plus, it will also allow you an opportunity to respond to any potential concerns.

Paraplegics move again

Paraplegics move again

Astounding. “These patients were able to regain some level of bladder control, which is very important. And also bowel function. They were able for the first time in many years to control their bathroom routine as well as feel their bodies and move again.”

Shows that there continues to be so much we do not understand about how our minds and bodies work. Brought to you by science, hope, and the will to help others through insurmountable odds.

git’s git:// protocol fails, but git http:// succeeds

git’s git:// protocol fails, but git http:// succeeds

A number of source websites expose their source via the git:// protocol. Unfortunately, the git protocol recently broke on one I used, but the git http:// protocol was working. Instead of changing my fetching scripts, I found a clever url replacement in git using the following command:

git config --global url.https://gitsite.com/.insteadOf git://gitsite.com/

This allows you to change the protocol per URL instead of globally. Exactly what I needed.

Digital Koi pond in Tokyo

Digital Koi pond in Tokyo

Wading calf-deep into what looks like an infinite pool of water, visitors to Tokyo’s Odaiba Minna no YUME-TAIRIKU 2016 festival walk slowly through teamLab‘s latest light mapping installation. A shallow pool of water is completely surrounded by mirrored ceiling and walls. Thousands of computer generated koi fish that are projected around the viewer’s feet. The fish change speeds as they navigate the waters, often crashing into observers and bursting into scattered flowers upon contact.