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Are you staying an engineer all your life or eventually be an exec? Do you want to be well paid or influential? Are you a PhD who likes doing one thing in depth, or are you a get-sh*t-done person who likes multiple interesting projects? Do you plan to change jobs a lot or stay one place for a long time?



I agree with your list and would suggest one addition:

What are your competencies and how do they mesh with the requirements of the employer?

There are a lot of competent programmers who would never get employed by Google and there are many brilliant engineers at Google who would struggle in a GSD focused small company.


What is GSD?


not op, but I assume it stands for Get Sh*t Done


I thought it was German Shepherd Dog - highly focussed canines.


That is what I know the acronym as too.




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