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Can You Answer These 5 DevOps Interview Questions?

Just reading responses to "What is DevOps?" is enough to make your head spin if you don't have a technical background... This buzzword—short for Development & Operations—has gained so much traction in the last few years that it's hard to keep track of exactly what it means.

And it's often used in ways that don't *technically* make much sense.


In spite of all the DevOps job postings out there, DevOps isn't really a position so much as a way of working. And to land a DevOps engineering role, you need to have a solid understanding of the DevOps model.

Because DevOps is continually evolving and hard to pin down, it can make testing your DevOps knowledge and prepping for interviews particularly challenging.

That's why we asked our partner companies to share the DevOps interview questions they love to ask and what they're looking for in an answer. Read on and get ready to crush your next DevOps interview!

5 DevOps Interview Questions You Need to Know

1) uShip asks, "With the nature of our industry in constant flux and paradigm changes, how do you keep up?"

Answer:

"I'm looking for folks trying to be involved with DevOps communities by either participating in meetup groups, message boards, internet groups & conferences. The overall goal of the question is to gauge the level of engagement into their craft and find out how the candidate constantly learns and grows as a DevOps engineer." — DevOps Manager, uShip

Sick of working like a dog & ready to work with your dog instead? Check out uShip's open roles here.

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2) OneLogin asks DevOps candidates to "Design a highly available system."

Answer:

"This question is incredibly vague and leaves the initial design to the imagination of the interviewee (it's always great when they ask questions in regards for more details on the requirements). From there I start poking into how deployments would work in the system, what the data layers look like, how and what to alert on, the scaling mechanisms, the reason for the tooling choices, the HA and distributed nature of the system, etc. The list of questions is endless from there but this allows you to go into details in any part of it for example if the candidate will be working on the orchestrators, data layers, pipelines, etc." — DevOps Manager, OneLogin

Ready to work somewhere over the (double) rainbow? Apply to be a DevOps Security Engineer.

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3) Braintree doesn't have a single question they ask, but rather a set of questions that help them understand how you get work done both individually and collaboratively with other people and teams.

Answer:

"At Braintree we have three core values (Ask Why, Care A Lot, Solve Together) and we look for candidates that demonstrate these qualities above and beyond just their technical knowledge. When we are interviewing you for a DevOps position it is of critical importance that we find candidates that are open to collaborating at a high level and contributing to a vast body of work with high quality results for our merchants." —Ben Hatfield, Hiring Manager at Braintree

Want to join a team you'll be proud of? Check out these open DevOps roles at Braintree.

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4) Wayfair says, "We often look for (without directly asking) how someone defines DevOps."

Answer:

"Our preferred answer is that it's both a process and a culture. Without the cultural/mindset piece, the process will fail." — Karen at Wayfair

Want to strike a pose with the Wayfair team? Check out their open DevOps Roles.

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5) PowerToFly asks, "What tools do you think should be in every DevOps' belt?"

Answer:

Our DevOps guru Emiliano looks for an answer that includes tools like:

  • Docker
  • Continuous Integration
  • Automation
  • Infrastructure as Code (Terraform, CloudFormation)
  • Configuration as Code (Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Saltstack)
  • Scripting Languages (Bash, Python, Perl, Go, Ruby)
  • Source Code Management (Git)
  • Monitoring (Prometheus, CloudWatch, Kibana, Grafana, Nagios)
Want to join our fully remote and global team? Check out our open roles here.

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What are you waiting for? Get applying!! Good luck.

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