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zemaitis3915300dP.S. Also I noticed that his company website is redirecting to a subdomain of his website. Redirection with www. or http works perfectly, but fails with https. For example https://hisdomain.com fails to redirect to https://web.hisdomain.com due to some certificate problem.
Should I mentioned and show him that I spotted this problem, will he think that Im too cocky?
electrineer25585300dAsk if he wants to invest in bitcoin
PaperTrail9443300dIn no particular order
What is your developer turnover rate?
Can you tell me the reasons why last 5 developers left your company?
If he can't tell you and/or isn't willing, that's a big red flag for a CTO. Being willing to provide good and bad candor is important.
If he offers the info, especially the bad, follow up with what steps has he/she taken to improve the situation? That will make him own (or attempt to deflect) the responsibility for how the department is ran. If they start dancing around "Um..well...uh...it's HR's responsibility for employee happiness", that's another red flag.
An answer of "We've done nothing" isn't necessarily a red flag, its honesty. May not like that answer, but I'd respect someone who tells it like it is.
jespersh8758299dAsk him about onboarding and socializing around the town and what he does for fun
jfgilmore249299dI'd totally being up the redirect issue. I would also ask him why he's been there for 18 years?
zemaitis3915299d@PaperTrail Situation is that in Europe (where Im applying) he has 4 teams working on his project. CTO is working in overseas in USA. Probably responsible for higher level stuff and I dont think he needs to care about how every dev feels in his company overseas.
If I wanted to ask retention questions or why some people are leaving I would ask HR or my direct teamleader.
I dont think its a good move to bombard CTO with low level questions (about retention, hiring and firing junior devs and so on) when hes obviously responsible for big picture stuff.
Instead I plan to ask bigger picture stuff such as about his products, plans for scaling, strategy and challenges. This meeting is just for vibe check, not an interrogation.
PaperTrail9443299d@zemaitis > "not an interrogation"
It's not an interrogation, its a genuine interest in how they handle challenges. Its the type of conversations that leaders have with other leaders.
Any CTO that is worth anything knows intimately the details of the teams working under them. They don't know need to know cat names or who is dating who. They want to know culture, trends, desires from a '1,000 foot view'. Leaders want to know how their leadership is affecting not only your professional life, but also your personal life. 'Am I making them a better person?' kind of thing. That's a difference between a leader and a boss.
My experience with VPs are they tend to be ego-maniacs. They *love* talking about themselves and their team's accomplishments. Getting them the opportunity to show off their leadership, you're demonstrating you value them as a leader. It's gold, gold, gold...he will remember you when leadership opportunities become available.