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VP of Engineering Candidate Interview Questions Template

Is your team in search of a new VP of engineering? Need some interview questions? Check out this expert approved tempate featuring top notch questions.

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What’s inside this VP of Engineering Candidate Interview Questions Template:

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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About the author

Farhan Thawar

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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