Are you looking to hire an IT professional? If so, what types of questions should you ask?
For this, let me turn around an article in the Careers section of Computerworld. The article,entitled “Acing the job interview,” is directed at advising IT pros on how to answer the questions they might expect when they are interviewed by a senior iT they might be working under. And it is not that these questions are just hypothetical. Article author David Christiansen is, in fact, a software engineer at a large companny as well as the writer of the corporate IT blog.
For the purposes of this article, let us adapt the questions Christiansen thinks that potential IT hired will be asked to those that you, the non-IT who is hiring one, should ask.
Some of the questions are:
How long does it take from the time someone identifies a need for a new piece of hardware to the time it is connected to the network and is available? Tell me about the people and processes involved.
What’s the most frustrating thing you’ve had to do this week?
In the middle of a project, a developer identifies a key technical improvement that will have significant benefit but also involves additional cost and risk. What’s the process for deciding whether to make the change? Who’s involved, and who makes the final decision?
Tell me about a time when you had to correct the behavior of a direct report.
Tell me about the different positions you’ve had in the company and the different organizations you’ve worked for. How long did you work in each? Did you ask for this position, or were you sent here as a result of an organizational change? Was the position change the result of a promotion?
Write me and let me know the questions you would ask an IT interviewee. Or have asked, and pointed to either a successful hire an unsuccessful hire, or someone that in retrospect, you wish you would have hired.