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My first interview (for a Dev internship)

Good day mates! This morning I had my very first phone interview. First they had sent me written interview and them the next step was the phone call! I was quite excited, so I went all over Dev.to looking for suggestions on questions I should ask (Will link to the ones I used in the end).

#The before interview.# I got this interview scheduled with the CTO the day before thanksgiving, after exchanging emails with the CEO. Excited and anxious as I am, I spent the Thanksgiving morning doing some research on the company, may or may not have looked them on LinkedIn and wrote down everything they had share of importance and everything I found out about them, not much since it is a startup. What I found made me really want to work there, because their work is something I really believe in.

#My question list# After the Turkey wore off my system lol I came to Dev.to as mentioned, to look for questions to ask. Here is the list I came up with based in several other posts I got here. Due credits will me given in the end of the post :

  1. What are your expectations of me? M. shared with me a overall view, but I would like to know more in technical terms. Will most of it be me working with a teammate, or will I do most of the work by myself?
  2. What am I going to work on?
  3. What would my immediate responsibilities be? What are your expectations of me in 3 months?
  4. Do you have a feedback system? Like how often will I get feedback? How do you assess people's performance? My performance?
  5. What would you say consists of a successful internship? How do you define and measure success? What qualities make someone excel at this company?
  6. What's the general working process? Can you describe one day or one week of the team's work?
  7. How does the company help junior people to grow?
  8. What does a team look like? How many people, which positions?
  9. How can I best prepare for this role before starting?
  10. How do I compare against other candidates that have interviewed/ applied? And what’s the next step?

Those were the most general questions, I had some more that are particular to the company type of product (It is a bit of a controversial product) but I won't share those

##During the interview## First, for some reason I thought it was going to be a video call, so I spent 10 minutes trying to find the place with the best illumination and even applied a tiny bity of makeup. But them, she called me on my phone lol Also, I got nervous and forgot to ask about 2/3 of the mentioned questions lol I answered her questions, asked a few of the questions above, got to know a bit more about the company, the team and the project I would be work on for starters.

##And I am happy to announce...##

That I got the internship!!! It is an unpaid position, but in a startup that has a cause I really believe in, and it is part time so they will work around my schedule so I can get a regular job to pay my bills, while I get real life experience as a front-end developer!

I am super excited and of course I will let you know how it all goes!

Hope you all have a Monday as good as mine!



And as promised, here is the awesome post from where I got most of my questions: https://dev.to/kaydacode/interview-questions-you-should-ask--3dkc https://dev.to/samwsoftware/vital-questions-to-ask-an-interviewer-bonus-question-at-the-end-12d5 https://dev.to/ice_lenor/do-i-want-to-work-in-this-company-or-what-questions-to-ask-on-an-interview-7po