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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Published March 7th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Our Software Developer position requires a candidate with a strong technical aptitude. Tell me more about your technical expertise in accounting software development.

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1.

Our Software Developer position requires a candidate with a strong technical aptitude. Tell me more about your technical expertise in accounting software development.

Accounting Developer positions usually require a degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, mathematics or a closely related degree. In addition to these requirements, the interviewer would like to learn about your specific technical expertise, certifications and past development or similar projects. Accounting Software Developers also work with large data structures and a clear understanding of basic accounting principles, it would be beneficial to speak to your expertise in this area.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I enjoy all of my work in software development as it gives me the chance to utilize my training and experience in using C++, Java, and C#. Additionally, I have a degree in computer science and accounting, which helps me better understand products and take lead in implementing updates and addressing bugs. My experience and education have helped me complete many complex development projects on time and within budget."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Though my current employer required extensive development experience, they do not require any certifications. On my own time and at my own expense I enrolled in several certification programs. I am now MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) certified. The additional training and certifications have helped me in my current role and my employer appreciated my initiative and dedication."

2.

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

The interviewer would like to see that you have researched Avankia, 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 Avankia is offering. Be ready to support your answer with facts.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I recently read that free trial offers can increase conversions by up to 25% and, because, Avankia 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 #2

"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."

3.

What would you consider your technical specialty?

Do you have any particular areas of interest or ability? 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 #1

"Computing and Network Communications has always been a solid area for me. I have a big interest in how network communication improves our daily lives and our overall business efficiency. I see that you are looking for team members who are experts in network communications which is what caught my eye when I first saw your job posting."

Rachelle's Answer #2

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

4.

Tell me about the deployment/business models we could offer to our clients.

There are business/deployment layers that are offered by most cloud service providers and/or IT vendors - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and SaaS (Software as a Service).

There are less common ones such as Communication as a Service (CaaS), Database as a Service (DaaS), etc. that may be relevant to Avankia or its clients. Based on the role/group, do your research into more niche models which could or should be considered.

Rachelle's Answer

"The clients can obviously decide on using the private, public or hybrid cloud as a basis. We can offer IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service, which only manages the foundational infrastructure functionalities such as computing, networking and storage. PaaS, Platform as a Service, offers additional application-building layer on top of IaaS. Software as a Service offers off-the-shelf systems/solutions/software running on the cloud with the vendor being responsible for all aspects of deployment and implementation (and often even training). There are secondary services such as Database as a Service (DBaaS) where the vendor helps manage the types, quality and usage of data feeding into the clients' applications & distributed to users."

5.

What are the latest trends in cloud computing?

There are many trends in cloud computing and in adjacent tech sectors that may be relevant. Consider the trends most relevant to the top services at Avankia and highlight them to the interviewer.

You can use sources such as Medium or Hackernoon to find unique trends. It's also always helpful to have some general trends/stats (global cloud spending, % of companies planning to migrate to the public cloud in the next 3 years, etc.) in your back pocket.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"The industry itself is growing rapidly and cloud services become like a general purpose technology for businesses. It is used not only as the IT architecture to manage the back-end of their systems but as an operating structure to build comprehensive, efficient processes on across all business units with tools to connect groups online and offline in ways not feasible before. That's why we're seeing 22% CAGR in the public cloud market and why half of global IT spending is cloud-based. The ones I find most interesting are the rise of FaaS (Function as a Service) with serverless codes and cloud AIs (connecting with other Industry 4.0 technologies)."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I believe one of the most critical trends is the rise of security vulnerabilities. We've hit the new record high of data breaches in the US in 2017 with the most famous example being Equifax. There are new and promising operating models being proposed by companies such as Lacework that I'd love to look further into. As IoT and edge computing become more popular additions to cloud computing, the issue of security will only be heightened."

6.

How would you convince your client to migrate over to true/public cloud from on-premise?

Many clients across verticals still have reservations about moving to the cloud. At Avankia, our clients' concerns are related to data security risks, so the interviewer would like to see your understanding of the risks and mitigations steps as well as how good you'd be at easing our clients' concerns.

1) Start by outlining the strongest advantages cloud platform offers over on-prem.
2) If you know the industries of our clients, highlight one or two of them as examples and describe what their concerns would be (healthcare would be a great example as data security compliance, HIPPA, is critical in the industry). Show off your knowledge about what the clients of certain industries might say to Avankia.
3) Then mention different capabilities of the cloud platforms and (if possible) services Avankia offers that could help minimize those risks.
4) For bonus points, you could bring up how you'd convince someone who wants to do 'hosted cloud' into migrating over to 'true' cloud. Research a case study about a company that benefited significantly by switching to multi-cloud.

Rachelle's Answer

"First of all, migration to cloud guarantees IT cost savings as you don't need to manage all the hardware and also wouldn't need the resources dedicated to hardware management. Data backup and storage will be more real-time and reliable which directly improve user access and system performance. If you have offices located in disaster-prone areas, you don't have to worry about losing data and connectivity when your basement data centers get flooded. Collaboration is made easier since documents can be shared and accessed by multiple parties from multiple locations at the same time. It'll be much easier to collect and evaluate operational and financial metrics using cloud analytics. I know you may be concerned about data security but at this stage, it is safer to store data on the cloud with dedicated resources from the cloud platform and your IT service provider, rather than trying to build and maintain security walls on your own."

7.

Are you familiar with RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and how it applies to accounting software?

AI automation is one of the biggest trends in financial/accounting processes. Today, it's estimated that anywhere from 50-90 % of financial processes can be automated with software solutions. However, there are significant gaps between systems and activities such as keying and re-keying information and connecting with supplier portals. RPA is an intelligent digital workforce that can automate these manual tasks such as copying and pasting and data input.

There are many different areas where RPA could be applied and deliver value - focus on areas where RPA could be used to better sync up systems.

Check to see if Avankia has recently made any investments in RPA.

Rachelle's Answer

"I think the RPA is so critical in increasing the value of your software - by filling in the gaps that arise when using your and other systems, you significantly enhance the experience of using your software. RPA could be a great differentiator. For instance, while there are so many programs that enable e-invoicing but supplier onboarding is still a manual process - if there could be a way to create supplier profiles with all the necessary data such as credit scores, tax data, rates, etc. and also compare these new suppliers more efficiently, this would be tremendously helpful for many companies. Offering this type of RPA features, I believe, is the next s milestone for accounting software programs."

8.

Who would you say inspires you?

Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say that the person who has most greatly inspired me has been my grandmother. She always had a smile on her face no matter how hard she worked and she loved everyone. She was well respected and always gave more than she received. I try to live like her as much as I can."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am continually inspired by the books that I read! Whether it is the author, or the characters themselves, I love to get lost in a good novel for inspiration."

9.

Culture fit is important to us at Avankia. How would you describe your personality?

Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. This answer could include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"Try to include a variety of words that the interviewer does not hear all the time. Be unique! Here are some ideas:

- Adaptable
- Considerate
- Diligent
- Intuitive
- Persistent
- Resourceful
- Sincere
- Witty"

10.

If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I cannot even think of another career than the one that I have! If I had to choose, I would pursue a career in the arts so that I could continue to exercise my creative side."

11.

Working at Avankia, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?

Being able to swivel the focus of your project is a necessary skill for your success in most careers. Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on a project. How did you handle the implementation of the new information?

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I had a large project last month that was nearly complete when the client called to say that the dimensions provided were incorrect. Because of this, our team had to re-do the entire proposal. It took us an additional four days of work but, in the end, the client was delighted with our work, and it resulted in new opportunities with them."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I would say that being in the software and technology business means changing major components on projects on a very regular basis. I am very well accustomed to changing gears on a moment's notice and can adapt very well." (Give a recent example, if you are able) "

12.

We at Avankia strive to be long-term development partners with our clients. Please tell me what long-term partnership means to you in terms of accounting software development and building client relationships?

It is common practice that companies prefer to hire the same developers or development companies to develop and maintain accounting programs. This practice helps the company build a relationship with the developer and help them understand their company processes and products This is especially important for accounting developers in working with tax changes, software updates, and industry-specific programming.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I have worked with the same employer for over 10 years. I have fine-tuned my development skills as well as my accounting and financial knowledge. This experience has helped me work proactively to update programs, identify bugs and quickly adjust products to changes in the financial market."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I am an experienced developer and also understand the value of building client relationships. I have always been in client facing software development positions and my employer knows that I will be able to communicate technical information and requirements professionally and at all levels. This has resulted in our company maintaining many clients and projects consistently over the years."

13.

How do you define success?

What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"I consider a project a success only when I have produced work that I can be proud of."

14.

We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Avankia take you?

Have you researched Avankia enough to know how their internal hierarchy works? Do they have a variety of departments and management levels, offering you choices when it comes to carving out your career path? Talk to the interviewer about your career ambitions specifically related to this role and their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"One of the reasons I was so excited to interview with Avankia is because of the endless growth opportunities you appear to offer your high performing employees. My biggest ambition is to be awarded a management role in the next 3-5 years."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a team lead role, then a division manager position in the digital management department. Eventually, a CDO (Chief Data Officer) level role would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."

15.

Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1

"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."

Rachelle's Answer #2

"A confidentiality agreement has never bound me; however, I would never knowingly break an agreement."

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Interview Questions

  1. Our Software Developer position requires a candidate with a strong technical aptitude. Tell me more about your technical expertise in accounting software development.
  2. Discuss a couple of software sales techniques. Which sales technique do you think is most effective for Avankia, and why?
  3. What would you consider your technical specialty?
  4. Tell me about the deployment/business models we could offer to our clients.
  5. What are the latest trends in cloud computing?
  6. How would you convince your client to migrate over to true/public cloud from on-premise?
  7. Are you familiar with RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and how it applies to accounting software?
  8. Who would you say inspires you?
  9. Culture fit is important to us at Avankia. How would you describe your personality?
  10. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  11. Working at Avankia, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?
  12. We at Avankia strive to be long-term development partners with our clients. Please tell me what long-term partnership means to you in terms of accounting software development and building client relationships?
  13. How do you define success?
  14. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Avankia take you?
  15. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  16. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
  17. Beyond revenue, how do Avankia's products benefit our clients?
  18. What are the platforms used for cloud computing? How do they compare?
  19. What are your salary expectations?
  20. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Avankia than any of our competitors?
  21. What do you think you will like about this role with Avankia?
  22. Avankia uses business intelligence tools to improve sales performance. With which BI tools are you most familiar?
  23. As part of the IT team, how do you approach your role in the implementation and roll out of new software and technical programs?
  24. What are the open-source cloud databases? Are these the best ones to use for our clients?
  25. Tell me how the Internet of Things (IoT), AI and blockchain will impact cloud computing.
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