Five Questions You Should Ask in your Software Development Job Interview
Getting an interview is hard enough; it probably took time and effort to actually get yourself in the position to be interviewed so that, in and of itself, makes you feel at a disadvantage, like you’re there to prove yourself, like you’re there to fulfill every and any demand they may have.
Of course, in this almost post-pandemic world, in which so many people lost their job and the market is literally flooded with millions of candidates applying for the same positions, it’s easy to feel like you are the only one under the microscope, because no one is about to throw away an employment opportunity for getting nitpicky.
In Software Development as in Life, Information is Power
However, there are more things that you need to consider. According to Glassdoor, one of the leading job search webpages and job market researchers, there are six main predictors for employee satisfaction:
- Culture and Values (which, at around 23%, is ranked as the most important in most countries)
- Senior Leadership
- Career Opportunities
- Business Outlook
- Work-Life Balance
- Compensation and Benefits
With this in mind, there are some very important questions you should be asking interviewers to make sure they are a good fit for your needs.
Some Questions to Ask at your Software Developer Interview
Up next, you will find five questions we believe are important for you to ask, particularly at the end, when interviewers open the floor to a bit of Q & A. Remember you are not being disrespectful or arrogant for asking questions about anything about them as employers, in the end this will and always should be a give and take relationship.
1. Can you tell me a little bit about your experience at the company and what you enjoy most about it?
This question is meant to get some insider information. Of course, if they are having an awful time they won’t necessarily level with you, but some truth will undoubtedly leak out, even if it’s just body language. On the other hand, they may answer enthusiastically about how great the company is, and that’s vital information.
2. What does success look like for the position I’m interviewing for and how do you measure it?
This may have been touched upon during the interview but it’s always important to clarify what will be expected from you, so there are no surprises down the road.
3. Are there development or growth opportunities in the company?
Going back to Glassdoor’s satisfaction predictors, it’s important to know that there will be Career Opportunities on the horizon. You don’t want to work at a place where stagnation is a possibility.
4. What would you say are the main values of this company and do you believe my profile fits those values?
You want to learn as much as possible about company culture. This is one of the biggest reasons why new employees struggle and eventually quit, so make sure you learn as much as possible about the type of people they value and what they stand for.
5. How do you see the company evolving over the next few years?
This may seem excessive, but it’s important that you know what expectations they have for the short and midterm. Again, you may not receive the most forthcoming answer if the outlook is not positive but try to look out for tells like word choice, body language, and voice tonalities.
And that’s it, five questions that will show that you are more than a simple candidate looking for the first thing that comes along. Even though we understand the nervousness that comes naturally at job interviews and the eagerness to please someone that is offering you a job, it’s crucial to know what you’re getting into.
As always, make sure to contact us if you are a Software Developer and you’re looking for a job, at Developers.Net we are always on the lookout for talent.