Questions One Should Ask Before Accepting A Developer Job Offer

Someone can call himself an excellent software developer when s/he has mastered the programming languages, data structures, varied algorithms, complexity analysis techniques along with the best practices followed within the industry. While these are some benchmarks for a good data developer, there are others who have got all the necessary skill sets but still fail to leave a significant mark in their career.

In this article, we will list down a set of 18 significant questions that developers must consider before accepting a job offer.

Reality Vs Expectations

Software development practices are one of the key ingredients one should follow before accepting a job offer as a developer in any MNC.

Major Focus Points Before Accepting The Job

  • Quality of releases over time
  • Coding standards
  • High-quality tests
  • Continuous development
  • Code review throughput
  • Code review participation
  • Technical debt
  • Overall Architecture

As a developer, there are lots of things one could optimize when looking for a new job like be it a culture that suits you or a tech stack you’re excited about, a product you’d feel proud to help create.

In our experience, none of these can compensate for the frustrations of being on a team that isn’t effective. If a software team has good answers to many of the questions above, they are probably doing well and are worth considering to join.

5 Sets of Questions To Ask For Self Evaluation

1 |Regarding App & Software Tests:
• How dependable and fast are the tests done?
• Do they ensure that tests run on any branch before any code reviews are done?
• Do the apps released are of high quality? How often are progressive rollouts and deploys are rolled back and aborted in the company?
• How to avoid wasting valuable code review time are the code analysis tools used in the company?
• What is the minimum average time for a pull request or code review waits for the reviewers to review it?
• Do you get the opportunity to do changes into the preset work module and production in a team setting?

2 |Regarding Team Efficacy:
• Do the code review responsibilities are distributed equally among team members in an unbiased way?
• How do the team manage its projects? Does the teamwork in a set period (sprint)?
• How much is the team’s technical debt and is it impacting the team to meet the deadline?
•  How well does the team function; how well do the members get along?

3 | Regarding Company Regulations:
• Do they have rules and regulations in place to protect customers’ security and privacy?
• How well and secure is the architecture for software development and development process functions?

4 | Regarding Employee Redressal:
• Do they address the problems of developers and if yes, how?
• What are the average hours, the employees are made to work? Is there any work-life balance?
• How long do the developers work at the company?

5| Regarding  Skill Enhancement:
• Does the company allocate time to focus on learning the underlying languages and not just the framework?
• What kinds of training opportunities or skill enhancement workshops are currently conducted in the company?
•Do the company provides opportunities to learn from senior developers and work under their mentorship/tutelage? (For a Fresher)


By self-evaluating based on the questions that we have posted one can easily stay at the top of their game and can have a fulfilling career as a developer. The software industry is constantly a changing landscape. The Blackberry which was once called the leading-edge technology of today became the cannon fodder in the wake of the iPhone of tomorrow. It is a two-edged sword where your skills must match with the company’s expectation and also your career needs to be fulfilled.

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Martin F.R.
Martin Fredrick Raj worked as a Technology Journalist at Analytics India Magazine. He usually likes to write detail-oriented articles which are well-researched in articulated formats. Other than covering updates on analytics, artificial intelligence & data science, his interests also include covering politics, economics, finance, consumer electronics, global affairs and issues regarding public policy matters. When not writing any articles, he usually delves into reading biographies of successful entrepreneurs or experiments with his new culinary ideas.

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