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Questions to ask before accepting a tech job offer

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November 13, 2020

Don’t ask any questions during your job interview and you are doomed. Days packed with calls, vague tasks descriptions, bureaucratic release process and micro-management — I’ve seen all of these.

The more you know the company, the less likely you will be negatively surprised later. It can be a dealbreaker if company values or views contradict yours.

“Spend more time making the big decisions. There are basically three really big decisions you make in your early life: where you live, who you’re with, and what you do.” — Naval Ravikant

Here I’m trying to collect all the useful questions grouped by different areas. Feel free to pick the ones that resonate with you.

Work Process

  • What is the entire process for a one line change in code to make it to production?
  • How many calls do developers have each week on average?
  • Do you favor async communication over calls?
  • Do you allow hours for deep work (being offline)?
  • What tools the team is using for task management?
  • How the invoicing process is organized?
  • Is there time to do side work and research?
  • Any required time overlap?
  • Do they use time trackers?

Team & Technology

  • Can I see an example of a task (description, spec, etc)?
  • How do you deploy features and who is responsible for that?
  • Do you have a release schedule or continuous delivery?
  • What is your approach for tests (pyramid testing)?
  • What technology stack do you use (with versions)?

Benefits

  • Are there performance reviews, 1-on-1s, etc?
  • Are there any employee benefits?
  • What is the pay raise process?

Company

  • What are the near plans for the company: acquisition, IPO, investments?
  • How many clients does the company have?
  • Why the position has opened up?

Am I missing an important question? Please let me know in the comments section below.

Thanks to Fyodor Ivanischev and Mario Perez for helping with this list.


Anton Mironov

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