How to answer 7 top DevOps interview questions

How to answer 7 top DevOps interview questions

Prepare for your DevOps job interview with this expert advice on tackling popular questions. Plus, consider highlighting these four personal qualities

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4 qualities to highlight in DevOps interviews

If you are sitting in the interview chair, you don’t have much control over what questions the interviewer will throw your way. You can, however, come prepared with talking points that you weave into each of your responses. Here are the most important things to highlight, according to DevOps experts.

1.  Resilience during change

“The amount of change that needs to happen within an organization adopting DevOps depends, of course, on where and to what extent the DevOps journey is undertaken. But what is certain: Change will happen,” says Oehrlich. “I would want to hear that the individual is resilient to change and can adapt but also be constructive and critical when decisions, tasks, and actions are decided and are taken. A person who has a growth mindset is willing to learn, observe, and continually develop. That means the changes are not seen as a threat, but rather an opportunity. As a team member or a future leader, that is what is important shaping the DevOps journey.”

2. Flexibility

“At the end of the day, what makes an engineer of any type fantastic is not their proclivity or ability in specific tools, methods or mindsets. Rather, it is their fundamental understanding of why and how things work the way they do, which gives them the flexibility to adopt disparate technologies as the landscape continues to change,” says Thomas Hatch, CTO and co-founder of SaltStack.

3. Passion

“Impress me with not only your technical knowledge but also your passion, willingness to learn, and humility. Often in technical fields such as IT or DevOps, we get lost in the trees and forget to take a macro-level look at the forest. In other words, I need you to be able to communicate with your teammates and understand the larger vision of what we’re doing,” says Sosnowski.

4. Results

“Interviews are the time to brag, so come prepared to talk about your biggest victories, of course,” says Sosnowski. “Most importantly, we’re curious about your speed of delivery, deployment, and how much time it would take once a process is automated. Explain how you initiated, improved, or made the process more efficient. After all, actions speak louder than words, so the more KPI-driven your answer, the more we’ll be impressed.”

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