Questions to get answered when interviewing for a job.

When it comes time to look for a new job here is a few questions that will be good to find out.

Good characteristics in a new company:

  • Ability to offer dependability and stability to an employee looking for a place to stay for the long term.
  • Financially stable.

Development enviroment:

  • SDLC
  • What software and/or tools are used?
  • What version control system is used?
  • What kind of project manangement structure is used and what tools are used to maintain it?
  • How do you ensure the quality of your products?

Development team:

  • How big is the team?
  • What skill levels are people at?
  • Where would you fit into the team?
  • What was the turnover in your team and company in the last year? Why did people leave?
  • How often and for what reasons is a person expected to work overtime?
  • What kind of development environment does the company have? Flexible, ridgid, laid back, etc.
  • Will my personal work practices be acceptable or will I be expected to conform to the rest of the team?
  • What does the team do for learning new skills? Training? Education? Shows? Conferences?
  • What was the last training that the company invested in for their developers?
  • How is conflict between developers handled?
  • How is conflict between developers and business users handled?

Joel test:

  • Ask the questions and find out what they will admit to.
  • If you can find an employee or former employee ask them to take the Joel test for the company.

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