Re: Questions to ask Interviewer

Subject: Re: Questions to ask Interviewer
From: "Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: stephenin -at- hotmail -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 08:47:47 PST

Stepheni Norton asks:

..what [job interview] question do you ask regarding the postion?

Tony Markatos responds (ref: when interviewing for TW jobs at software companies):

Key principle: You can ask questions for days-on-end, does not matter; you will not find out what the job is REALLY all about until you start.

One exception: Ask for about 45 minutes to review the requirements specs. If they say no, you can be sure that it is an out-of-control situation -- and that they are trying to hide it. I would run (not walk) away from the interview.

If they let you look at the requirements specs, you - as a novice to their product - should be able to understand the essential end user tasks supported by the product and how they all interrelate in 45 minutes or less. If you find this true, it is as good of a company to work for as you can hope for. I would strive to get the job.

If the specs are kind of criptic, but you can at least get the gist of the essentail end user tasks supported, it is an above average company.

If you can not (in one 45 minute sitting) make heads-or-tails of what essentail tasks are supported or they don't have any specs; it is, again, an out-of-control situation; but at least the company is honest enough to let you see what you are getting into.

Tony Markatos
(tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)


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