A couple of days ago I was blogging about hiring. Today I want to continually expand this subject but focus on interview questions. So this could help you in 2 ways. First, as you will need to interview people, it can help to build you interview script or even that preparation is hard and every company is different and has different cultural FIT I would say there some questions which are common or even make sense to be ready to answer. So I have a video to go throught the Interview Questions towards soft-skills / people questions. So Let’s go!


Video Script

Solutions: Architecture and Design

  • Explain Previous project Architecture — what improve and why?
  • Given a problem and ask people how to fix it (i.g Twitter)

People Questions

What were the last three books you read? Papers?


  • Outcomes over Outputs
  • Project Myopia
  • NO Estimates


  • Google Autoscaling
  • Choosing a cloud DBMS — Redshift
  • Serverless, One step Forward and 2 Backward

Three strengths you have


  • Working beyond 8h
  • Care about things beyond my scope — other projects
  • Share Links with everybody (useful for other problems)


  • Convey ideas and sell projects/endeavors i.g Slide Decks
  • Write summary emails (issues, incidents, lessons learned)
  • Ping people in Private to see if they are okay.

Result Oriented

  • Proactively think about corner cases.
  • Proactively do code review — outside of PR flow.
  • Make sure we have a balance between features x tech and value. Work on waves.

Three attitudes you are working to improve — focus on behavior

Fewer Details

  • I’ve often give Too many details in emails and chats.
  • Even speaking, I would give long answers easily.

Less Energy

  • I’ve got a passion for what I do — So I need to slow down sometimes. Speak too much.

Improve Cost awareness

  • Prioritize interviews over tech/engineering activities

1 Situation where did you fail

How to Evaluate Agile / Lean Skills?

  1. What does Agile / Lean mean to you?

Effective Learning


See and Avoid Waste

It’s about the whole system

It’s about the customer/user

How do you things matter — tech excellence

2. How do you perform facilitations?

Day-by-day work, meetings, retros, working with software (tech facilitation).

3. What’re the principles behind some ceremonies like DEMO and Retro?

DEMO — Show / Understand

RETRO — Reflect and Improve

4. What are the main differences between Kanban and Scrum?


Level of Details


Approach to change version easy to adopt

How to handle a painful or lousy product owner?


Patience and Experiments

Diego Pacheco

Originally published at http://diego-pacheco.blogspot.com on May 9, 2020.

Brazilian, Software Architect, SWE(Java, Scala, Rust, Go) SOA & DevOps expert, Author. Working with EKS/K8S. diegopacheco.github.io (Opinions on my own)

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