Brilliant Answers to Agile Methodology Interview Questions

 

Agile illustration Agile methodology is an excellent option for every clever tester, developer and project manager, living in these difficult fast-paced times.
Employers from every corner of the world realize the advantages of agile, in comparison to other project management and software development methodologies. Therefor, they try to hire developers, testers pr project managers who understand agile and can practically use it in any sort of project. After all, applying agile methodology has delivered lot of positive results in various areas of business…

Either you understand it, or not

To be honest, agile development is not the most difficult method out there. I believe that once a decent developer with some experience read about it on Wikipedia – Agile development, he should get a good grasp of it and be able to apply it in a project.

However, to understand the methodology and to know the answers to interview questions related to it are two different things… If you have no previous experience with agile development, I suggest you to try it out on a small personal project before an interview (you can do it with a friend), or search for some case studies, to see how it really works in practice.

 

What questions to expect in an interview?

Before the tough technical questions, interviewer will start with few typical interview questions. To such belong:

 

Difficult situation in an interviewAs you can see, some of these questions have nothing to do with software testing or agile methodology. However, interviewers ask it in order to understand your true level of motivation to do the job, as well as to assess your communication skills. Agile working environment is all about communication. Members of a team need to have good communication skills and understanding for each other, in order to make the most of the benefits agile approach brings to the project.
They will also ask you about your former projects. When I lead an interview coaching lesson for applicants for any kind of IT job, one of the things I always stress them is to prepare the portfolio of their work, especially of projects related to the job they apply for.

You know, one thing is to talk about doing the job and another to show on the actual results of your work that you can do it. If you demonstrate the agile application on some of your projects, it can help you to avoid difficult technical questions in later interview stages.

 

Technical Questions

Technical questions will test your brain-cells deeply in the second stage of your job interview. You will need to deal with both practical and theoretical questions related to agile. It is not so easy, I know. But once you have some experience with it and spend some time preparing for your interview, you should be able to handle every question. Let’s have a look at some:

 

 

Woman working on some software developmentLittle competition does not always results in a simple interview

If you knew something about agile testing back in 2005, you would be most likely the only one in an interview. However, the times have changed. You can not expect many competitors, but bet on that they will all have a pretty good knowledge and experience with agile.

Therefor, you should not underestimate your preparation. In many cases, it’s an ability to sell yourself in an interview, an ability to win the hearts of the recruiters that decides who succeeds and get a job. Because everyone is good with agile. But many job seekers with IT background struggle with the communication skills and are unable to sell their skills and knowledge in an interview. If you feel it can be your case too, have a look at I Will Get a Job! recording, ultimate guide on how to succeed in an interview from one of the o-authors of this website. It will teach you in just one hour what to say and do in every moment of an interview. Thank you and good luck!