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PeejayAdams wrote:
I always think the best interviews avoid the "what is x?" and "explain y" questions and delve more into the "whys" via a slightly more conversational approach.
Agreed.

Even when interviewing entry level people I use this technique. I don't care if the interviewee knows every command in the language -- this isn't the 1980's -- if someone doesn't know something they can search for it rather quickly. I want to know if they know why to use it. If they know why, then they know what.

Questions for a higher level person? Ask opinion questions. One question I used many moons ago was "DAO, ADO, or RDO -- which do you prefer and why?" The answer was of no importance -- what mattered was that the person understood things well enough to have an opinion and explain it. If the answer was that they didn't know that? Just as good, they have the confidence to state what they don't know.

Look at their resume and consider your own project(s). Choose open ended questions from that grouping. Plan for essay answers, and if the person can't explain or if their essay answer is a monosyllable, you know you don't have a match.

This gets a demonstration of their thinking and communication abilities. Occasionally a senior level person needs to be the most proficient geek on the team, but most of the time the soft skills are required.

One last thought -- pay attention to usage of "the team" or "I". A few I interviewed described in great detail what "the team" did, but couldn't explain what they did.
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