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By Farhan Thawar
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1 🛠 Process

What are the candidate’s optimization skills? Do they experiment with the development process? Will they be a champion of the customer?

  • Describe the development process at your last company. What would you try again and why? What would you not try again and why not?
  • What have you changed your mind about when it comes to the development process or engineering team practices?
  • On larger teams, how do you get a sense of what’s working and not working?
  • Describe a time when you felt your team wasn’t shipping frequently enough. What did you do about it?

2 👥 People

What are their experiences building and leading teams? Do they invest in their people?

  • Tell me about a superstar you’ve worked with. Would you work with or hire X again? Why or why not?
  • Do you keep in touch with your previous teams? Why or why not?
  • What’s a small example of how you try to show up for the people on your team? What’s an example where you realized you could maybe be doing a better job here?
  • Do you do regular 1:1s with your team? Why or why not?

3 💻 Technology

Do they have technicalities? Are they able to deep dive into issues?

  • Do you still code? Why or why not?
  • What technology have you recommended in the past that you no longer recommend?
  • What are some ways you get included in the “information flow” of teams?
  • Give me an example of how you dig deeper into a project your team is tackling. Are there certain questions you like to ask, or approaches you’ve found to be effective here? 

4 ❓Questions

Does the candidate have any questions for you? Or are there questions from other interviewers?

5 ✅ Action Items

What came out of this meeting? What are your next steps?

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Farhan Thawar is the Vice President of Engineering at Shopify and has previously held leadership roles at Helpful, Extreme Labs, Achievers, Microsoft, and Pivotal Software. He is a well-known and respected figure in Toronto’s tech community, an angel investor, and mentor.

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