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What are some of the basic issues a site reliability engineer addresses in their daily activities?

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List of 30 Site Reliability Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    What are some of the basic issues a site reliability engineer addresses in their daily activities?

  2. 2.

    What is an Error Budget, and how is it used?

  3. 3.

    How do you establish SLOs and SLIs, and are you open to making adjustments to these when warranted?

  4. 4.

    What is Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, and can you list some of the TCP connection states?

  5. 5.

    What are some of the steps you can take to reduce toil in a process?

  6. 6.

    Can you describe the three pillars of observability and describe the one you depend on the most?

  7. 7.

    What steps have you taken to improve collaboration between operations and IT teams?

  8. 8.

    How would you define a service level indicator?

  9. 9.

    What is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and what is it used for?

  10. 10.

    Can you describe the differences between DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering?

  11. 11.

    Can you define the term 'Inode'?

  12. 12.

    Can you explain how Service Level Objectives, or SLOs, are used in the work of a site reliability engineer?

  13. 13.

    In your opinion, what are some of the key functions performed by an ideal DevOps team?

  14. 14.

    What are the fundamental stages of DevOps, and what tools do you use for each of these?

  15. 15.

    What are some of the common data structures you work with in this role?

  16. 16.

    Tell me about the differences between process and thread in the context of site reliability engineering.

  17. 17.

    What is a Linux signal, and what are some common ones you work with?

  18. 18.

    What are some of the common Linux kill commands?

  19. 19.

    How would you describe cloud computing to someone who doesn't have a technical background?

  20. 20.

    Can you describe the concept of observability? How would you improve an organizations' systems observability?

  21. 21.

    Can you discuss the difference between snat and dnat?

  22. 22.

    Please discuss hard links and soft links and provide an example of each command.

  23. 23.

    What is a docker container, and how do you secure these?

  24. 24.

    Walk me through the process of determining if a development team should work on new features or pay down technical debt.

  25. 25.

    Tell me about some of the process improvements you have implemented in the past.

  26. 26.

    Describe to me how you balance the interests of different stakeholders in the organization.

  27. 27.

    How do you integrate the customer experience into your SRE strategy?

  28. 28.

    What is your strategy for staying up to date with industry trends and resources?

  29. 29.

    When analyzing a software development pipeline, how do you identify ways to improve its efficiency?

  30. 30.

    What are some of the databases you've used in your previous roles? How do you manage database query times?