Negotiation / Deciding

Market Rates

  • Glassdoor

  • Paysa

  • Interview with other companies to better calibrate Market Rates

Understand your Compensation:

  • Signing bonus?

  • Base salary?

  • Equity?

  • Total compensation?



  • What are you prioritizing for?

  • Choose a team for growth

  • How will this help your spiritual growth?

  • Do you have any devops?

  • Do you have any SRE?

  • Vacation policy?

  • Sick leave policly?

  • Maternity/Paternity leave?

  • How does the company dogfood their own product?


  • How integrated is the company?


  • What are meeting policies like?

  • What are the laptop policies during meetings?

Exit Interviews

  • How do you handle exit interviews?


  • What can you learn from your new colleagues?


  • Do you do lunch meetings?

  • Do you have lunch at your desk?

  • Does the team go for lunch together?

  • How do you integrate new employees?


  • What tooling do you have?

  • What tools do you have for onboarding?

  • What tools do you have for feedback?

  • What tools do you have to manage momentum?

  • What tools do you have for measurements and metrics?

  • What tools do you have for effectiveness?

  • How do you schedule time for building tooling?

  • Is tooling an after sight?

  • How much time do you spend on your tooling?


  • How long will onboarding take?

  • How many reponsitories do you they have?

  • How many lines of code?

  • What programming language do they use?

  • How do they maintain the language?

  • What tools do they have to maintain the language?

  • What tooling has the team built?

  • What is your plan of attack?

  • What are your companies best practices?

  • How fast can you learn the context?

  • How do you easy onboarding?

  • How fast do you teach the require processes?


  • Ask how do people collaborate?

  • How well is collaboration done across teams?

  • How big is the team? Larger teams have much larger communication overhead.


  • Where does the company have momentum?

  • What momentum does the company have?


  • How do I best deliver feedback?

  • What platforms do you have for feedback?

  • Do you have an employee engagement survey? CultureAmp

  • How is feedback managed?


  • What needles are you trying to move?

  • How do you measure your metrics?


  • What is the team excited about?


  • What processes do you have to deploy code in to production


  • What bottlenecks are you facing?

  • How do you release those bottlenecks?

  • How do you balance delivering business value and managing technical debt?

  • How do you reduce the technical debt?

  • Do you have monitoring/alerts?

  • How is knowledge shared? Presentations/Demos/Repositories

  • How "open" is the company?

  • How is feedback managed?

  • How well do the executives steer the company?