Ansible is an IT automation tool that helps businesses with software deployment. Launched by Red Hat, this system is growing across all industries now, from horse racing to healthcare.
To get a remote Ansible developer job, you need an understanding of Ansible and the needs of the area you go into. So when preparing for an interview, you need to provide the answers that demonstrate your knowledge.
Before the interview, remind yourself that you’ve got this. If you are still in the prep phase, this article will help you with some of the most common Ansible interview questions.
Ansible is a configuration management system. Main usage is infrastructure and applications management. It allows you to deploy and update applications using SSH, without agent installation on remote hosts.2. What’s the purpose of Ansible?
Developers use Ansible to manage infrastructure and software app deployment to remote nodes. It lets you deploy an app to many nodes with one command. However, you need programming knowledge to understand Ansible scripts. Ansible is a versatile tool that has lots of extensions that allow you to build and scale full enterprise-level infrastructure and software management solutions.
Features that are worth highlighting:
An Ansible playbook is a list of tasks that work together. A play is a sort of translation, a communication between two separate hosts or machines. It might contain multiple tasks but can have one.
Idempotency is one of the most important concepts in configuration management and part of most Ansible modules requirements. Idempotency is when you can apply an operation multiple times but expect no change after the first run. So if you run a playbook twice, the second run will do nothing.
Here’s a list of different tools you can mention during an Ansible developer interview:
Here are a few basic terms you should know regarding Ansible:
Ansible modules perform a specific task using small code pieces. You can use them to automate many tasks. They run tasks (functions or standalone scripts) idempotently (meaning no side effects for multiple consequent runs).
These modules return JSON strings in stdout. Its input depends on the module type.
There are two types of modules:
With this list, you’ll be able to answer key interview questions on Ansible.
Showcasing your knowledge is vital in any technical interview. However, here are some more good reminders that will help you:
With a positive focus and your knowledge of Ansible, you’ll get your job. As your first step, browse EPAM Anywhere’s remote DevOps jobs and apply for the one that feels right for you. Looking forward to getting your application!
Thanks to Yury Kachubeyeu, Systems Engineering Manager and DevOps Technical Interviewer, EPAM, for reviewing and contributing to this guide.