You landed an Agile Coach interview — congratulations! Now the challenging part begins; preparing yourself for the big moment. The following article is from an accumulation of interview questions I continue to gather on a Google spreadsheet. Why hog all the work when others may benefit?
Before we dive in, I always remind myself of the following queries to act as a North Star while preparing and rehearsing the interview questions.
- What is the Interviewer listening for in the interview?
- How well do I communicate my response or point of view?
- Is my language clear and concise?
- Where do I find myself rambling?
- How often do I have to repeat a question?
- What does my tone of voice sound like? Does it sound open, curious, triggered, or shutdown?
- Do I sound authentic? Or do my answers sound scripted?
When we are self-aware and know our shortcomings, minor impediments are easier to refine. Above all else, be as natural as possible and smile because the old cliche is true — people do hear the positive difference on the phone or video call.
50 Agile Coach Interview Questions
The following list is by no means exhaustive. If you have any classics not mentioned below, feel free to reach out, and we’ll grow the post organically. You are your own best judge on how to answer the questions in your unique communication style.
- Tell me about yourself. What’s your elevator pitch?
- What related books are you reading right now?
- Tell me about your community involvement?
- What accomplishments are you most proud of?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What are your favorite powerful questions and why?
- Tell me how you can read a room?
- Why do you want to be an Agile Coach?
- What strategies can an Agile Coach use to cultivate curiosity?
- What happens to you personally when plans fall apart? How do you respond?
- Please provide me with an example of when you became triggered into a reactive state. How did you become aware of your emotions, and what did you do about them?
- In your own words, explain what an Agile Coach is?
- What is the difference between a Scrum Master and an Agile Coach?
- What is the difference between Agile and Scrum?
- When would you recommend utilizing the Kanban framework and why?
- What are the core differences between Scrum and Kanban?
- What do you see as your biggest challenge?
- Tell me about when you have brought ideas from other disciplines for improved conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation, or coaching?
- Describe what is meant by organizational impediments, when you have faced one head-on?
- And continuing with the above, what was the outcome when you solved the organizational impediment? How did you measure your success?
- What do you think makes a good and effective Agile Coach?
- Briefly describe the Agile Coach stance/framework?
- Tell me about a time when you guided a group through processes that helped them come to a solution or decide.
- Tell me about a time when you fostered the personal and professional growth of someone else. What were the outcomes?
- Which is your greatest asset and why — technical, business, or transformational mastery?
- How persuasive are you? Explain your process in shifting difficult mindsets.
- How do you know when to Coach, Facilitate, Mentor, or Teach?
- What is the difference between an Agile Coach and a Professional Coach?
- Explain how you coach someone who is a mid-level Manager versus someone at the C-Suite level?
- Let’s pretend you have now entered into a new work contract with an organization or client— what do you do next?
- If a team doesn’t want to move to agile (yet it was being mandated), what will you do?
- How does your coaching approach change when you are coaching a leader versus a team?
- What is your approach to solving conflict between Management and an Agile team?
- How do you deal with conflict?
- What metrics do you consider most important for an Agile team?
- How do you tie business value to the work the team is performing?
- Continuous improvement is a cornerstone for agile. As a Coach, what has been working well for you, what has not, and what is one area you are working on to improve?
- How do you address organizational impediments that are blocking teams?
- What impediments have you resolved, and how did you go about it?
- Tell me about the biggest challenge you have faced with an Agile team and how you overcame it?
- What process improvements have you made, and what were the results?
- What do you think the gaps are in Scrum?
- What are the four Agile Values from the Agile Manifesto? What is your favorite and why?
- What does the Agile mindset mean to you, and how do you apply it?
- You are working with a leader who is comparing teams based on their velocity. How do you respond?
- What is Lean, and how does it relate to Agile?
- You see an Agile team continue to carry work over every sprint. What is your coaching approach?
- What is Agile?
- Explain your strategies on how to remain neutral when working with clients.
- Bonus! How would you engage with us to kick off our Agile transformation?
Interviews can be nerve-wracking; the process takes time, personal reflection, and preparation. My hope is the above list will help prepare you for your next meeting—best of luck on your Agile Coach journey.
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