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Ask these non-tech questions for hiring a developer

The key to a well-rounded tech hire is an in-depth interview

You might have experienced it is difficult finding a developer. Tech investment is heating up and tech startups are around every corner. The big Silicon Valley firms like Facebook, Google and Twitter have already been here for years and are hiring too.

You may think your potential developer candidate has got the technical chops you need: performed well on coding challenges, whiteboard exercises look great and knows your stack.

The right engineer is someone who communicates effectively and knows what it means to be part of a team.

So before you send out that offer letter, ask them some non-technical questions too.

Here are few suggestions:

What are your hobbies? This is a nice opener because it creates a bond with the engineer outside of simply tech. You can see how they talk about something they’re passionate about.

Give me an example of a time you helped a non-technical person with a technical problem, and how did you explain it to them? This one is a gem. You immediately understand if your choice candidate has worked with non-technical people in a meaningful way by the terms they use when describing non-technical people and the explanation itself…

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