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How To Hire a Junior DevOps Engineer

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this Junior DevOps Engineer hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

Junior DevOps Engineer Recruitment Guide

What does a Junior DevOps Engineer do?

A Junior DevOps Engineer plays a crucial role in organisations because they assist senior developers implement methods and pipelines to deploy code extremely efficiently for developers. They do this by using a plethora of tools and methodologies to implement different pieces of infrastructure to manage the software development lifecycle.

Day to day tasks of a Junior DevOps Engineer

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Junior DevOps Engineer definition

Junior DevOps Engineer's primary responsibility is to learn and embrace the methodology of combining software development and IT operations lifecycle to work in unison by learning from their senior peers and learning online. In attempting to implement this methodology it enhances developers ability to produce bug free and high quality code.

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Junior DevOps Engineer Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a Junior DevOps Engineer

Junior DevOps Engineers should have a fundamental knowledge of programming in languages like Python, be able to communicate with stakeholders and have the knowledge of the DevOps space.

Pro Tip

Junior DevOps engineers should have good prioritising skills as they will need to manage many different ad hoc requests from different parts of the organisation.


How to write a Junior DevOps Engineer job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your Junior DevOps Engineer job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills.  For example, a DevOps Engineer should be highly experienced in build and dependency applications like gradle and maven.

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Sample skill tests for a Junior DevOps Engineer

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Question 1


Question Type: Video

You’re a part of a university work placement program and have been working for the last 9 months as a DevOps engineer. The company you work for asked if you could represent them at a job fair. One of the students at the fair asks you, “What do you think the benefits of using cloud services are for a small business?” Please record your response.

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Question 2


Question Type: Text

If you were trying to advise solutions to a company about good practices in relation to continuous integration, what are some of the advantages you would mention to them to try and convince them of your recommendation?

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Question 3


Question Type: Text

Can you please explain, using your own words, what infrastructure as a service is?


How to interview a Junior DevOps Engineer

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a Junior DevOps Engineer?

The US average for Junior DevOps Engineers is $82,500 according to whilst has the average salary at $54,429. Junior DevOps Engineers can expect to earn up to a maximum of $90,000 and at the lowest, $50,000 according to

Junior DevOps Engineer Salary United States

The United States has a median salary of $113,000 USD for Junior DevOps Engineers. This figure will change based on many different elements when a salary is made for employees, for instance, the location of the organisation, the seniority and certifications.

Junior DevOps Engineer Salary United Kingdom

Junior DevOps Engineers in the United Kingdom have a reported yearly wage of £30,384. There are a handful of factors which need to be taken into consideration when this number is offered to candidates, for example, the location and industry of the organisation.

Junior DevOps Engineer Salary Australia

In Australia a Junior DevOps Engineer can be expected to receive a yearly salary of approximately $55,792 AUD. This figure will be impacted by a number of factors such as, the industry the organization is in, the problem sets the engineer is trying to solve and the seniority.