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Interview with the CTO ?!


Interview with the CTO ?!

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So I've had three successful interviews (including one technical) with a company and has been scheduled for the last round with the CTO. Starting to freak out.. w00t

What sort of questions should I expect?
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I wouldn't expect technical questions from the CTO. I believe that it should be more on:
Why would they hire you?
Personal experiences on problems and how were they solved.
What kind of person/professional are you?

I might be wrong, but he should have some feedback from previous interviews and should trust them.

The important thing is to relax and be yourself.


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Luis Cazares (1/31/2014)
I wouldn't expect technical questions from the CTO. I believe that it should be more on:
Why would they hire you?
Personal experiences on problems and how were they solved.
What kind of person/professional are you?

I might be wrong, but he should have some feedback from previous interviews and should trust them.

The important thing is to relax and be yourself.


Cheers Luis. These kind of questions have already been covered previously. He might ask these again though, not sure. Just trying to prepare and think about possible questions but frankly speaking I never had to deal with CTOs..and I don't want to screw this up.
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Frankly it's a good sign you're interviewing with the CTO. Most places wouldn't waste the CTO's time unless a. you're a valued candidate and b. they might need to rely on you fairly heavily. It's been my experience that the most senior person is usually trying to ascertain your ability to "stretch", and to get a "read" on you: what would you see investing to take us to the next level, how do you handle mentoring more junior folks, can you comport yourself with business folks/ non-techs, etc...

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I had a similar experience with my current employer during the interview stages.

1. 30 min technical telephone interview with direct line manager

2. 30 min face to face with direct line manager and division director

3. 1 hour technical phone interview with the VP, I was not expecting yet another technical interview and the questions were exceptionally tough and looking for real indepth sql server knowlege, he was a very intelligent guy that has since moved on.

4. 30 min general interview with the CTO, general discussion about my past, experience, what I could bring to the company etc etc. Quite repetitive from the previous stages. This seemed much more like an assesment of whether my personality would fit within the team and the wider organsiation, once I started I found out that the last interview was pretty much a formailty as the decision had been 99% made.

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So I was asked to answer a bunch of nasty Xpath syntax questions, needless to say I didn't get the job (not that I mind).
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clayman (4/12/2014)
So I was asked to answer a bunch of nasty Xpath syntax questions, needless to say I didn't get the job (not that I mind).


What type of job was it for? DBA, DB Dev, App Dev, or ???

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So I was asked to answer a bunch of nasty Xpath syntax questions, needless to say I didn't get the job (not that I mind).


What type of job was it for? DBA, DB Dev, App Dev, or ???


DBA/Dev
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So I was asked to answer a bunch of nasty Xpath syntax questions, needless to say I didn't get the job (not that I mind).


What type of job was it for? DBA, DB Dev, App Dev, or ???


DBA/Dev


Unfortunately, the Dev side of that is going to require some pretty good knowledge of XML and all of the things that support it.

If it were me, I'd try to remember most of the questions asked in this area and get busy studying and using XML. Then, call the company back and ask them if they hired anyone or if they're still interested in you even if they did.

If nothing else comes of it, at least you'll be ready for your next interview with a different company.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
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