Scrummaster interview questions using Role Play
ScrumMaster interview questions
Hi, in this blog post I am going to provide several scrummaster interview questions. In this post, I will talk about a fantastic experience that I had some time ago and give you some ideas for questions to interview a scrum master. If you want to get access to an extensive list questions, just click here.
During all my life I haven´t experienced such an interesting interview like the one I had a couple of weeks ago. Usually, interviews have the same content:
- “What is your best quality”
- “What is your worse quality”
- “What would you do if tomorrow you would become the CTO”
- “What would you do if you won the lottery”
- “Where do you see yourself in x years”
I believe most of you will agree with me, this is by far not the best way to figure out whether we are good professionals or not. There are other good ways to figure out it. Let´s take a look at it…
The first thing that impressed me was the fact that a hiring manager made a quite nice background information check; she went through my blog and book, something that I never saw before.
This is quite interesting since you can obtain a lot of information about a candidate just reading his/her blog, but unfortunately, not so many companies do this. At that moment, I was quite happy because I saw they were interested in my knowledge. Now the best part comes…
After asking me some general questions, they told me that we would be doing some role playing. I was: “Wow, this is cool”. At that moment I did not realise how powerful this technique is, but later on, I understood how effective it is.
Is there any better way to know and understand a candidate than through a simulation of a real situation? Typical questions can be prepared, but if you recreate real situations live in the interview, an applicant will demonstrate his real knowledge.
For a question of principles, I will not mention what they asked, but I will leave you some good examples to use in the future in your company. Below you can find some examples of questions.
“Imagine that I am a developer I am completely lost and I do not know what to do or say, and I will ask: “Hey can you please tell me what to do? I am quite lost, and I need some orientation”. This is a typical question where you can analyse whether the candidate is a common command and control type of a person.
If the individual kind of dictates what a developer should do, then you have a command and control person, if the candidate advises the developer to look for help from inside of a team, he is trying to create a self-empowered team.
“Imagine that I am a developer and I like to come to the office in the morning, put my headphones not to be disturbed at all, what would you do to convince the person to try Agile/Scrum?” You can, for example, ask a person if he/she likes to fix bugs.
“Imagine that I am a developer and SCRUM is something completely new. I do not want to try it because I am afraid of failing, and I believe my boss will accuse me of failing. What would you answer?” You can refer that you will pair with his/her line manager to make sure that he will not be blamed.
“Imagine that I am a developer and SCRUM is something completely new, how can I learn faster?” You can, for example, suggest a person pair with another more senior guy to reduce the learning curve.
There are many other questions that you can use using, for example, Product Owner Role, Line Manager, Top managers and much more. However, the main point of this blog is to emphasise different ways of doing interviews.
When you interview a candidate, try to recreate real situations. I think you will have a much better understanding of the applicant.
At the end of the interview, I had a huge smile on my face. I felt so good, and it was a fantastic experience. I learned a lot within those two hours that I spent with lovely professionals.
Do you think this is useful for you? Will you use anything like this in the next interview that you will conduct? Just leave a comment below.