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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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What would you consider your technical specialty?

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  1. 1.

    What would you consider your technical specialty?

      How to Answer

      'Many of the problems we face have no textbook solution, and so we happily invent new ones.' - Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. If you have any particular areas of interest or ability, describe how you consider that your specialty. Talk to the interviewer about your strengths, and be sure to highlight any specific skills that you excel in. It's a great idea, if you can, to highlight particular skills that may be listed on the company's job posting/job description. If there is a related area of interest where you'd like to expand your skills, you can mention those as well.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Algorithms, data structures, object-oriented design, and databases have always been solid areas for me. I am interested in how innovation within software engineering improves our daily lives and our overall business efficiency. I see that you are looking for team members who are experts in these areas, which is what caught my eye when I first saw your job posting."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have been focusing my career on becoming a cloud integration specialist, although I do have cross-platform app development expertise as well."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have worked in diverse environments and multi-industry in various roles. I recently graduated with an MBA, where I learned a great deal about managing teams. Maintaining a safe work environment in compliance with OSHA, quality control and leadership, and efficient team player are some of my solid areas. I see that you are looking for team members who are experts in these areas, which caught my eye when I first saw your job posting."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a good answer, overall! It's great that you referred to the Amazon job posting, which is an essential component of answering interview questions with impact. If possible, add in some work accomplishments as they relate to each point. It's also essential to show AND tell :)

      "My specialties include maintaining a safe work environment complying with OSHA, quality control, and efficient team leadership. When it comes to OSHA compliance, I...(discuss a related work achievement). In the area of quality control, I have...(discuss a work-related result). I have led in diverse, multi-industry environments, which will allow me to (address specifically how this will help Amazon). Also, I recently graduated with an MBA, where I learned a great deal about managing teams in...(specifically?). I see that you are looking for a (job title) who brings expertise in these areas, which I can confidently deliver."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have a good understanding of object-oriented principles, databases, and the principles of writing clean and efficient code using patterns and best coding practices. These skills help a lot when managing and leading a technical team. These skills also help solve problems in day-to-day work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very good! I like that you address your technical specialties with confidence, and you also connect the dots between these skills and how they will benefit Amazon, should they hire you.

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