Friday, March 7, 2014

Interview Notes

Love them or hate them, interviews are a necessary step in establishing business relationships. It's an opportunity for both parties to get to know each other and have their intentions laid out. The setting of the interview takes place on Skype

After giving it some thought, here's a list of things that I would start out asking:

Preliminary questions:
- In a nutshell, what does your company do?
Company takes requests from customers. After negotiations, costs, deadlines, and work are partitioned among teams to work on. After creating product, product will undergo testing by Quality Assurance team and be available for free to suggested customers. Once approved, product will go into beta after which the customer will ask to fine-tune certain aspects.

- Who are the various stakeholders within the company? Can I eventually meet them?
In addition to manager, there’s the development team, project manager who oversees and handle managerial duties over project, a person to handle marketing and operations, and another who handles finances.

“Our marketer is developing strategies, particularly social media "Do it yourself" methods, and looking to reach a certain amount of recurring / residual users before looking into funding through crowdsourcing”

“On the business side of things,
he's looking for negotiations beforehand and speaking to realty agencies, retail stores, and a few more notable names in the university to get a few listings populated into the server.
Since he's also doing finance, he's looking at the net revenue from all of the income sources for the website, including monetizing, personal advertising, and promotional items we are looking to sell.
On top of that he's managing our budget, since we're planning to purchase marketing services from Google / facebook, and a few sketchy local marketing agencies.”

- How well do you think I will fit into the company? Would I need to read up on a lot of terminology or expand my knowledge in a particular field (say, GUI's or interfaces for example)?
Need to learn Javascript, HTML, and CSS (not required) as well as their associated API

Need to learn JSON strings, and JQUERY

After getting to know a thing or two about the company, I would start asking more specific aspects of company operations like:

- For the typical client, how long does it take to complete their requests?
~1.5-2 months

- In terms of resources (employees, cost, time, taking on multiple projects, etc) how much does the company invest in a single project?
Really depends on the type of project. The money they receive from contractor is used to invest in the project.

“We invest in time vs. employees needed with a budget given, and we try to maximize the amount earned. So for example if we have a 20,000 project that will take 2 months
and we have to pay employees 2000 / mo. 2 employees for a 2 month project is already 8k
12k profit received.”

- What are the various teams that the company employ to complete the tasks at hand?
This question and next two are answered by this google doc

- Is the client informed of each and every step in progress?
contracting gig, no unless arranged. Employment gigs- yes

- How is testing done? Do the developers test as they go along or is there a separate team that tests  the finished product?
there is a test team, there is software that reports live test errors and where testers can assign a part of the development team to work on them. Software used is redmine

- What will I be specifically working on?
Project will be tailored to my interests (networking, security, databases). Since I’m using this to work on a different class project, only the networking side will be able to fulfill the requirements for both classes.

“What you're going to help us do is use API's from other services (very network / javascript heavy) and integrate them into our system by sending them back to our API's.”

These are the steps:
Learn Javascript, HTML

Learn networking + JS

API calls + Social Media

Rails prototyping

Data collection

Activity Diagram for website development:

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