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Prepare for Scrum Master interviews

The key to a good interview is to practice. Interview questions typically fall in two categories: knowledge and behavior.

The knowledge questions test your understanding of core Scrum concepts. The interviewer wants to know how much you really know Scrum. If you have taken a professional certification class or attentively studied other materials, you should be able to answer these questions. 

However, sometimes knowledge questions can be tricky. There are many concepts and theories about Scrum out there, and understanding what is really Scrum, and what are theories added by other people, may be confusing. A typical example is the Daily Scrum format. Scrum does not say how to do the Daily Scrum, as long as the Developers achieve its purpose. However, many people think that asking 3 questions to everyone is the right way to do it. In reality, it’s one possible way to do it, but there are many other ways to conduct the Daily Scrum, and one that works for one team may not work for another.

The behavioral questions on the other hand, test your experience in dealing with Scrum teams and helping them solve issues. These can take the form of a use case, or an hypothetical scenario. The interviewer is looking to see how you think, what decisions you make, and how you help the team address the situation.

While there may not be a right or wrong answer for this type of questions — as every situation is different and Scrum Masters need to use their judgement to decide how to address each one specifically — the interviewer may be looking for red flags. For example, the candidate struggles to come up with an idea to help the team, or may be too directive, or maybe makes decisions on behalf of the team.

Regardless of the situation, the goal of the Scrum Master should always be to guide the team to find a possible solution to the issue, empower the team to make decisions, and facilitate conflict resolution between team members. By doing this, the Scrum Master helps remove barriers that may impact the ability of the team to do good work, and coaches the team on how to address similar situations in the future.

Even people that never had a Scrum Master job before can share their experience in helping teams address conflicts and remove impediments. You may have been a Project Manager, a Business Analyst, or a Nurse (or any other jobs) and you may have worked with teams. Bring this experience into the conversation and share how you have helped your team improve — improve its processes and the relationships between team members.

These Scrum Master interview questions can help you to prepare for your next job interview, and to become a Scrum Master:

12 HOW TO interview questions for Scrum Masters

7 USE CASE questions for Scrum Master

12 KNOWLEDGE interview questions for Scrum

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