10 questions DevOps engineers can expect to be asked in a job interview | TechRepublic

DevOps engineers ranked no. 2 on Glassdoor's 2018 Best Jobs in America list, with more than 3,300 job openings nationally and a median base salary of $105,000.

While most companies remain in the early stages of adopting the workflow, the majority said they believe it will save them time during the development process, with about a third adding that they plan to invest in DevOps this year, according to a recent GitLabs survey.

"DevOps management requires a strong cultural and organizational change for its implementation, which enhances collaboration, communication, and, ultimately, complete integration between the old development and systems areas," said Sophie Miles, CEO and co-founder of CalculatorBuddy.com. "Despite this lack of formalization and the integration of the areas of development and systems, DevOps requires a certain organization for teamwork to be productive. It is one of the fundamentals of this methodology: Collaboration."

Are you applying for a job as a DevOps engineer? Here are 10 questions that you may receive during the interview process, and what employers are looking for in your answers.

What would your rank as your top three technical skills?

This question is designed to find a candidate's focus and discern their depth of knowledge, said Emily Burke, HR manager at Nuspire. "This can help us target later questions based on their expertise and help us start to decide where their skillset would be most useful within the company," she added. "Often, we will ask them to expand on these areas to get more information about what they know. In addition to their conversation with the hiring managers, this can also help us see where we need to train."

Technical questions

DevOps engineer job candidates can expect a number of technical questions during an interview, Burke said, to determine their capabilities and the types of technology they have experience with. These might include the following:

  • Why types of version control software are you familiar with?
  • What automation tools have you used?
  • What code platforms have you used?
  • Are you familiar with big data concepts?
  • Can you provide me with some examples of processes that you've been able to automate and thus making more efficient through scripting?


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