10 questions for Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman

By , IDG News Service |  Software

7. What are some of your favorite interview questions or techniques to elicit information to determine whether a candidate will be successful at your company? What sort of answers send up red flags for you and make you think a job candidate wouldn't be a good fit?

I mostly interview Master's of Science graduates. I love to ask them about their research thesis. If they are able to make me understand what they did and why it was innovative, even if I'm not familiar with the domain they've researched, then I'm usually content. If they start by telling me that it's too complex to explain in such a short time, that's a red flag for me.

8. What is it about your current job, at this particular company, that sets it apart from other chief technology positions?

We're constantly in a mad race to grow and expand. We have a "hunter" culture where we always try to have a pool of "next great ideas" while incrementally making our existing products better. It creates a balancing challenge between "disruptive innovation" and "gradual progression." I personally find this tension healthy.

9. What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?

Have a glass of single malt whiskey.

10. If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?

Probably starting all over again.

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