Top Interview Questions To Ask When Hiring an IoT Expert

Hiring in the IoT sphere can be challenging, but it’s necessary to remain relevant among the competition. Here’s how to find the right talent for the job.

By Max Burkhalter
December 8, 2022
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The internet of things (IoT) is the most disruptive technology of the 21st century. Hiring the right person for your company is key to success in this new world. The degree to which organizations and businesses of all sizes have embraced IoT technologies is enormous when you consider how far we've come.

In 2014, approximately 13% of SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) used IoT technology in their business processes. In 2019, that number had grown to 25%, according to McKinsey. By 2020, over 60% of businesses globally had incorporated IoT and now, as we enter 2023, that number has escalated even further to at least 93%. So, chances are that your business is already dependent on IoT devices in some form or another.

Do you have the right talent to manage this technology? To stay competitive in this incredibly lucrative business world, you need the right members on your team who are trained to meet innovation head-on and take your company to the next level. Asking the right interview questions during the recruitment process will ensure you do just that.

The first step is to determine what kind of talent you need. Do you require someone who can develop and design a product? Or does your business demand someone who can manage your IT infrastructure? Once you know how and where you need your new hire to focus, you should be able to develop your interview questions.

Here are some ideas to help guide you through an interview. From here, you can use your own business knowledge and instincts to ask the right questions to find the best IoT expert for your organization.

  • What is your understanding of IoT?
  • What is your experience with IoT?
  • How did you become interested in the advances of this technology?
  • Do you have a specialized education that will set you apart from other applicants?
  • How would you go about solving a problem with a connected device?
  • From your understanding, what are some of the challenges associated with IoT?
  • How do you expect to overcome these obstacles in our workplace?

What are the benefits of IoT in general and in our industry more specifically?
What are the main components of IoT architecture and how do you plan on implementing these into our workflows?

If you're not sure what kind of talent you need, then it might be better to hire a consultant or an executive search firm that could help identify and recruit the appropriate person for your business.

Once you find the right talent to take your organization into the future of technology, having the right devices on your side is imperative. Perle is proud to partner with IoT device manufacturers by offering serial to ethernet solutions. To learn more about how Perle provides efficient, reliable connectivity via industrial switches and terminal servers, visit our Case Studies by Industry page.


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