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Tell me about your problem-solving skills. Do you enjoy analyzing and solving complex problems?

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  1. 1.

    Tell me about your problem-solving skills. Do you enjoy analyzing and solving complex problems?

      Software developers spend a great deal of time debugging programs. It is essential for Autodata Solutions Company to have someone experienced in quickly identifying problems and responsive in providing solutions. The interviewer would also like to gauge how you work with internal and external customers when problem-solving.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my last development position, I was responsible for front-line communications with end users. Third tier helpdesk staff would contact me with software bugs, and I was able to quickly and professionally respond to problems. I was able to reduce the bug backlog by 70%."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."

  2. 2.

    Do you have experience writing a custom exception in Java?

      As a Java expert, you will hopefully have the ability to inform your interviewer that you do have experience in writing custom exceptions in Java. As a reputable software company, the engineers and architects with Autodata Solutions Company often need to demonstrate the ability to do just this. While talking about the experience that you do have, be sure to discuss your thought process in initially determining the need for writing a custom exception above and beyond the standard Java exceptions.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Yes, I certainly do have experience writing custom exceptions in Java in my time in the financial software industry. Because some of the business logic and workflow needed customization, I was tasked with extending the exception class and all subclasses in standard Java to create the custom exceptions needed."

  3. 3.

    In a technical support role here at Autodata Solutions Company, we expect that you would be able to bring great customer service skills to the role. Describe your customer service philosophy in the support that you would provide.

      While your interviewer will be able to get great insight into your technical expertise during your interviewer, this one question will allow you the opportunity to describe how you will bring solid interpersonal skills to the role. Your interview knows that customers will rely on you to provide quick and sensible support for their needs, but the expectation to do that in a pleasing manner is of utmost importance. Talk from a high level about your feelings on why providing great service is important and give an example or two of ways that you have done that in the past.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "To me, my job duties aren't fully satisfied if an end user leaves our conversation without a smile on their face. While any technical support specialist can handle the customer aspect of the job, few have the people skills to do so pleasantly for their customers. In any interaction that I have with a customer, I talk in a calm and boosting manner. If they are upset or mad about a situation, I reflectively listen and never place any blame back on them. By taking this approach, my customer surveys in my current position have been excellent for the three years I've held that role."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If hired for this role here at Autodata Solutions Company, you'll quickly find that my mantra in working with customers is speed with a smile. To do this, I need to be resourceful in providing them with an answer or triaging them to the correct person. I need to be knowledgeable in our product base to give them answers with confidence. And last, but not least, I need to be positive in all interactions with them."

  4. 4.

    If hired for this position here at Autodata Solutions Company, would you be comfortable handling overall project manager responsibilities for new software development?

      As a skilled software engineer, you have all of the necessary tools in your bag to be a successful engineer at Autodata Solutions Company. This question is allowing your interviewer to get a better sense of your project management skills and people skills if you were to join the team at Autodata Solutions Company. In your answer, talk about your ability to estimate the time and cost of a project, the staffing needed and the overall scope of planning for a particular project. If you have direct experience in being the lead on a large development project, be sure to discuss that experience with your interviewer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Looking to join the team here at Autodata Solutions Company directly out of college, I feel very confident in my abilities to manage the entire scope of a new development project. I have leadership experience as my campus' president of the software engineering club. In that role, I developed skills that would help me utilize staff and resources in the best way possible. During my internship, I was exposed to the planning stages of new projects and I have a very good feel of estimating the budget and length of time needed to have a fully functional system."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would absolutely be comfortable if tasked with project manager duties here at Autodata Solutions Company. In my last two roles, I have led successful projects that started with great planning and budgeting process and went through to completion with great people and processes in place under my leadership. While it's not a regular duty for me in my current role, I always welcome leadership duties."

  5. 5.

    Would you say that you are a goal oriented on the job? What would I be able to do as your manager to help you achieve your goals if hired here at Autodata Solutions Company?

      At the heart of this question lies your interviewers desire to see what motivates you as a potential employee at Autodata Solutions Company. Make it clear to your interviewer that you certainly are motivated by on the job goals and do this by using an example of a time where you were motivated by and achieved a goal. Then, think deeply about the type of manager that you like to work for in terms of goal setting and helping our achieve your goals. Let your interviewer know what type of management styles you appreciate the most while being open to any style.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would definitely say that I am goal oriented on the job in wanting to contribute any way that I can to the overall benefit of the organization. In my current organization, our leadership focuses on overall sales numbers at the end of the year. To help achieve these goals, our department creates our own goals to help achieve the sales numbers needed to succeed. Last year, one of those goals was to be as creative as possible in our user experience design processes. With the launch of an exciting new app midyear, sales numbers skyrocketed and our department was instrumental in that. For me, it was important that we determined our goals as a team with the final stamp of approval from our manager. While this style of management really helped motivate me, I can thrive under any management style as long as expectations and goals for my work are clearly set."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For me, my day to day work is much more meaningful when I have goals to work for. In my current role, we have set timelines for our projects and this helps lay the framework for our goals. If hired for this position, my expectations of you as my manager would be to have goals clearly defined and a supportive atmosphere to be provided to work within."

  6. 6.

    What software analysis and design tools do you have familiarity working with?

      As a software engineer for Autodata Solutions Company, your interviewer wants to hear that you have experience in utilizing tools that you make you more proficient in your work. Dig back on your past experiences and talk openly about your experiences with the different analysis and design tools that are available to help you be better in the work that you do. In the end, make sure that your interviewer understands that you are proficient in the use of these tools and open to learning and using new tools as well.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As my career and experience in software engineering has grown over the years, I've come to really appreciate and utilize these tools that are available. A great example of this would be my recent education and use of Structured English for designing insurance claim software for a large auto insurer. The simplicity of the structured decisions in the program were a perfect example of a program that could utilize the tool and the end product ended up very functional for our customer."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have great working knowledge in creating and reading data flow diagrams. To help with both our own sales staff and with customers, DFD's have been super helpful and I consider myself very proficient in creating them. I've also recently been introduced to decision tables to aid in product testing. I was working on a new system that involved some very complicated business rules and the decision table helped outline everything perfectly for our testing."

  7. 7.

    Talk about a time when things didn't go as planned on the job. What was the situation and what allowed your to persevere in that situation?

      As a professional in the tech industry, you have likely had a project that failed, a promotion that passed you over or a meltdown occur at some point in time. Realizing that your interviewer fully understands and expects that failure happens, talk openly and honestly about a situation where you experienced failure or failed plans. Most importantly in your answer, focus on how you overcame the particular situation and discuss lessons that you learned moving forward that you can bring to this role at Autodata Solutions Company.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A couple of years ago in my first role as a UI designer out of college, my team was tasked with coming up with a very short notice proposal for a potential high end customer. With a week turnaround time, I set right to spending my time gathering information on the company to build a mock design. When the proposal was submitted, I found out that the potential customer scoffed at my idea and the customer went with another organization's proposal for their use. The biggest piece of feedback that I got was that the UI design just wasn't conducive to the type of customers they were expecting. From that point forward, whether it has been with short notice or long-term products, I take the time to communicate with key decision makers from clients to gather information for making my design as user friendly as possible."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Last year, I was working on a large scale project that put me face to face with a key customer. After traveling onsite with the customer to spend time with them, I exchanged contact information with two of the key decision makers. In the weeks following, I was sending them follow up emails with our business proposals and was getting frustrated at the lack of response from the clients. After my manager had questioned the viability of the potential customer, I picked up the phone and called them directly. It turns out that their responses back to me were being sent to a junk email folder that I neglected to consider. I apologized for the mistake, took action quickly and we came to a great agreement on future business together. After having a laugh about it with my boss, I now incorporate diligent communication follow ups both by phone and email with customers while also regularly checking all email inboxes."

  8. 8.

    What do you know about our products and how do you think you'll be able to handle a support role surrounding them?

      This question allows your interviewer to gain insight into both your interest in this position and the skills that you will be able to bring to the table. To show your interest, be sure to do as much research on Autodata Solutions Company as possible and get to know their products. Ensuring that you know the job description from front to back is important as well. Then, talk about how you feel that your skills will apply to working with end users that are contacting about the software.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One of the main things that is attracting me to a position with Autodata Solutions Company will be the new opportunity to work solely with cloud based software. With my current experience in supporting server and data storage issues, I am confident in my ability to support the services here based on that experience."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Upon reading the job description for technical application support, it was easy for me to see that my skills were a perfect match for the position. It sounds like you are looking for an expert that can provide support on GlobalLink applications and has exceptional experience across many different scripting languages. As you can see from my resume, I have experience using Perl and Python and I feel like these experiences would help make a smooth transition for me into this role. On top of that, my cloud based experience would translate nicely to this role here at Autodata Solutions Company as well."

  9. 9.

    What SDLC models are you familiar in working with?

      As a software engineer, you are very familiar with the software development life cycle. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear what models you have worked on in the past. While there isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question, try to show your flexibility to working with different SDLC models by bringing up your past experiences. Then, show you have knowledge of different models like the waterfall model or agile model. It is also a good idea to use this question as an opportunity for you to learn more about Autodata Solutions Company by asking your interviewer which model they work off of.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "During my training in software engineering and in my early career, the waterfall model was the standard. In this model, each phase of the development process happens in a set order and projects using this model are easily managed. But over time, as the development projects that I have led have become more complicated and intricate, I have implemented the spiral model. This model has allowed the ability of end users to give feedback early on and often during development and helps to build a more customized product to our customers."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current position with XYZ Company, my department utilizes the agile model in development life cycle. Since our products are so tailored to the needs of our customers, we get a working product very early on in the process and then I work hand in hand with customers to fine tune the software moving forward. It is a very effective model that has built a great reputation for our software among customers. I also have familiarity working with the iterative model and it has similar advantages to the agile model. If I were hired here at Autodata Solutions Company, can you expand on what models you use here in your software development life cycle?"

  10. 10.

    How do you feel that your prior experience would benefit you in a training role here at Autodata Solutions Company?

      When Autodata Solutions Company rolls out new software to their customers, they rely on this role to train end-users on utilizing the new software. Successful candidates can come from either a focused technical role and learn how to effective train people or they can come from formal business training background and learn the software aspect of the job. Either way, be sure to project success in this role by talking about your ability to be an effective trainer in this role based on the experience that you will be bringing to the table if hired at Autodata Solutions Company.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As you can see from my resume, I have extensive business training experience in my current role I've been working in for the past eight years. In this role, I travel onsite to the locations of our customers to train staff on our products and how to use them in a healthcare setting. My business education and training background has prepared me to create effective training programs and be a natural leader in front of others. If fortunate enough to be hired for this position, the initial hurdle that I would have to overcome would be to learn the software I would be training people on to be able to talk about the features and benefits in the presence of customers."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Having been in software industry for many years now, I bring a great amount of technical knowledge surrounding usage of programs and training end users. With a majority of my experience being on the sales end of the software business, a transition into the training side would be very natural for me as I have the ability to speak at great lengths about the technical aspects of a program in a manner that the everyday user can understand and appreciate."

  11. 11.

    I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?

      The software and technology industry is all-encompassing, and it is essential for the interviewer to have a full understanding of the sectors and types of projects in which you bring experience. Be sure to highlight any projects or clients mainly related to Autodata Solutions Company as that may pique the interviewer's interest!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have experience in a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive, and education. Most notably, I have worked with organizations similar to yours including Company ABC and Company XYZ."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A great alternative to explaining your projects is to bring a substantial portfolio with you. "I wanted to show you a full range of my experience, so I have brought you a digital portfolio of my work. Would you like to take a look?"

  12. 12.

    If you were asked to review a colleague's code that they had written, what key things would you look for?

      For this question, your interviewer will obviously be looking to hear that you have adequate knowledge when it comes to coding processes. But most importantly, your interviewer will be looking to gauge your ability to be a team player and focus on the bigger picture when working on a project. In your answer, focus on your attention to detail and your ability to help others when needed.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As an experienced software engineer, I fully expect my colleagues to reach out to me for my insight and I never hesitate to provide open and honest feedback. When asked to do this, my main focus is ensuring that the code is readable and functional. If there are lines of code that need to be removed, I don't hesitate to let my colleague know that while also giving them feedback on why I feel it is unnecessary."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I'm asked to do this in my current position, my main focus is on regulatory requirements that were put in place for the project and security issues. I work with a team of great engineers that are very efficient coders and these two areas are most often overlooked."

  13. 13.

    How do you stay organized and on track when working on multiple projects or duties at the same time?

      In this role with Autodata Solutions Company, you will likely be expected to manage multiple projects at the same time. Your ability to plan, manage deadlines and handle high needs items that come up on a regular basis will be essential to your success in this role and your interviewer is looking to hear how you plan for success. Whether you utilize an electronic tool or a written list, there are no right or wrong answers as long as you can prove in your answer that this method works out great for you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "With any project that I am working on, I make sure to set benchmarks to meet deadlines ahead of time and set early personal deadlines to allow for some wiggle room. To do this, I am a proponent of using the Microsoft Outlook calendar and tasks functions to help keep me organized. I find that this method helps me stay on track with multiple projects while also leaving me wiggle room each day to fight the high needs fires that do come up in this job."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "For me to stay on track, I make sure to take ten minutes at the end of each day to recap what was accomplished, what new came up on my task list and re-prioritizing my work for the next day. Then, upon arriving the next day and working through emails from the previous evening, I can adjust my task list for the day if needed. I tend to set aside two hours per day to work on long-term project needs while focusing a majority of my time on the short-term needs."

  14. 14.

    Discuss a couple of software sales techniques. Which sales technique do you think is most effective for Autodata Solutions Company, and why?

      The interviewer would like to see that you have researched Autodata Solutions Company, putting some thought into the most significant selling features of their products and services. When it comes to software sales closing techniques, you could:

      - Offer a short trial for free
      - Have a great email marketing campaign showing off the features of your software
      - Give product or software demos, but keep the short
      - Sell pre-paid annual memberships

      Perhaps you have some ideas of your own! Discuss which selling options you think would be the best fit for what Autodata Solutions Company is offering. Be ready to support your answer with facts.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I recently read that free trial offers can increase conversions by up to 25% and, because, Autodata Solutions Company has a straightforward product, I believe it would be very effective to allow people to try it for free for 14 days. The prospective customer would quickly see that it's simple to navigate and incredibly helpful."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Since there are so many customizable features that come with your product, I feel that the best sales technique would be a free 30-minute demo, followed up with a short trial period. I think it would be important for prospective customers to see the product in action, and how it would work for them, specifically."

  15. 15.

    If you were confronted with a time where you wouldn't be able to meet a deadline here at Autodata Solutions Company, what steps would you take when you made that realization?

      At some point in any person's career, the inevitable happens and an important deadline needs to be missed. With your interviewer fully understanding this fact, they are solely interested in how you react to this situation and what you do to make the situation right. In your answer, focus on the refocused planning and communication needed while also avoiding blaming others for the situation. Your interviewer holds accountability as a desirable virtue, so be sure to take accountability for actions in your response.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current position, I am very used to handling multiple tasks and projects on a day to day basis. Last year, my team was tasked with what started as a low priority project. After assembling a team to initially discuss the details and set a deadline for completion with our management, the project unfortunately fell off the radar of everyone on the team with many more high priority projects coming up each week. As the initial project's deadline was within a week of being due, our CEO reached out to me for a progress report. I immediately took full responsibility for letting this fall off the radar and I ensured our CEO that we would have an updated timeline set by the end of the week. In doing this and completing the project to his satisfaction, this was really the tipping point in our department moving forward utilizing a detailed project management tracking system. To this day, I can't say enough about how appreciative I am about utilizing this awesome system. Moving forward, you can rest assured knowing that I take full accountability for my actions and do what is necessary to communicate new expectations and meet them fully."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Having been in this situation before, I would first sit down to gather all the facts possible in the situation. What was the deadline, why wasn't it met and what can be done are all important questions moving forward. From there, communicating to all key parties is extremely important and doing so in a timely manner is critical. In this communication, taking accountability and setting new expectations for delivery in a concise and tactful manner will most often put stakeholders at ease and allow for successful completion."

  16. 16.

    In your current work, what are the important steps you take in the data validation process?

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  17. 17.

    At Autodata Solutions Company, we rely on a full team effort to deliver top quality products to our customers. Tell me about a time that you worked well as part of a team. Are you comfortable in a similar role here?

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  18. 18.

    Software technology continually changes. How do you stay current on new technologies and sharpen your skills?

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  19. 19.

    What data cleaning methods are you familiar with and comfortable using if hired for this role at Autodata Solutions Company?

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  20. 20.

    Our implementation consultants here at Autodata Solutions Company often face conflicts with our customers while onsite during implementations. What interpersonal skills do you use to handle conflicts with clients?

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  21. 21.

    Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Autodata Solutions Company than any of our competitors?

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  22. 22.

    In your mind, when is monkey testing the most effective in testing new software?

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  23. 23.

    What do you feel are the primary features and benefits of the Java programming language?

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  24. 24.

    What experience do you have in the different types of software maintenance?

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  25. 25.

    What programming languages would you consider yourself fluent in?

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  26. 26.

    In Java, why shouldn't you use strings to store a password?

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  27. 27.

    In SQL, how do you explain the differences between clustered and non-clustered indexes? Can you name a time that you used each?

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