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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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In your opinion, what has been the most exciting advancement in the real estate industry this year?
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The hiring authority would like to see that you are up to date on what is happening in the real estate industry and that you come from a position of understanding as far as how DMCI Homes is disrupting an industry dripping in tradition. Discuss the resources you use to stay on top of industry trends and be prepared to discuss one exciting advancement that you find memorable.
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1.
In your opinion, what has been the most exciting advancement in the real estate industry this year?
The hiring authority would like to see that you are up to date on what is happening in the real estate industry and that you come from a position of understanding as far as how DMCI Homes is disrupting an industry dripping in tradition. Discuss the resources you use to stay on top of industry trends and be prepared to discuss one exciting advancement that you find memorable.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I recently read an article on blockchain technology and how it's impacting the real estate industry. In a nutshell, because of something called tokenization, landlords may be able to use blockchain to sell portions of ownership in their properties. The article also touched on how property titles could be more securely and more conveniently stored, thanks to blockchain ledgers. This topic is one that I am sure impacts the approach at DMCI Homes for future offerings on your platform."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have been learning more about virtual reality, and it's fascinating how VR is impacting the real estate industry. Viewing a property is one of the most critical steps to renting or selling a property so, the implementation of VR for walkthroughs is a game changer. VR allows prospective tenants and homebuyers to walk through properties in off-hours and without an appointment. I look forward to seeing how DMCI Homes will leverage VR on your platform this year."
2.
What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work or make a mistake on a project?
This question is an honesty based query that will show the interviewer a lot about your character. How you react to an error made will tell the interviewer a great deal about you and your honesty level. If you made a mistake that could land you in a lot of trouble, would you try to hide the incident, or would you tell someone on your team right away, and have the situation rectified?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am my own biggest critic, so when I do something wrong or make a mistake, I am the first to voice it and look for a fix. I am independent and smart, so I am confident in my ability to repair any errors I create. If necessary, I would bring a colleague or manager into the situation to help me repair the situation. Most importantly, I am honest and also open about my work; owning up to any mistakes that I make."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I fully believe in honesty and immediately repairing what I have done wrong. I am not too proud to admit when I have made a mistake, but it's for the good of the team that everyone is open and honest when an error happens. Taking these situations as opportunities to become better is very important."
3.
The online property listing services industry is highly competitive. How will you help DMCI Homes stay ahead of its competitors?
It is critical that you research DMCI Homes, and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does DMCI Homes do best, and who is trying to do it better? Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to their continued success.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe the best way to stay ahead of your competitors is to pay a big amount of attention to the fine details. When you put out a great service, others will try to mimic your work, but they will cut corners because they will feel rushed to get it out on the marketplace first. I will contribute to the success of DMCI Homes by committing my most attentive work to you every day."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I think that the best way to stay ahead of competitors is to keep your offering as simple as possible while remaining innovative. People want simple, easy-to-use services, which they can understand and access easily. What I've seen from competitors lately is that they overcomplicate their products."
4.
DMCI Homes hosts regular hackathons to encourage innovation and autonomy. When have you created a new product, service, or process with the help of your tea?
It's vital that you learn about the various ways DMCI Homes helps and encourages growth in its teams. A common approach to sparking workplace innovation in the online platform world is 'hackathons.' Typically a hackathon is a multi-day event in which computer programmers, graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others involved in software development get together and collaborate on new and exciting software projects.

Discuss a time when you have acted with innovation and created a new product or even improved an existing service. Assure the interviewer that you are creative-minded and ready to help DMCI Homes achieve new industry breakthroughs.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I worked on a significant release with my current company last year for which I am very proud. Using real-time data, we launched a program that used public records to estimate a vehicle's value. People shopping for a new car could tap into this database to see what a fair price would be, to pay. Our program used neural networks and computer vision to distinguish between high and low-end finishes, and then we used the real-time data to help empower our users. I can see how an approach like this one would be beneficial within the real estate industry as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my previous role, I was fortunate enough to be part of a group that introduced my company to the idea of tiered monthly subscriptions where, in addition to our general customer service, we added premium service options. Our customer base responded very positively, and we kept the program running for a few years."
5.
DMCI Homes is innovating the real estate industry. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?
The term 'innovation' is often overused in business and development these days and has now become a buzzword that many people don't fully understand. The interviewer would like to know what you feel innovation indeed is. Include an example of a time when you have witnessed an innovative change in the workplace, or when you have exercised creativity. Be sure to express an understanding of the way DMCI Homes is innovating the real estate industry.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"To me, innovation means presenting a new idea or making an existing idea better. It's essential to be innovative in the workplace, but often it's a misunderstood concept. An example of when I was innovative was when our company was facing budget cuts. I suggested that we begin to operate as though the cuts were already made, in an attempt to preemptively save funds. The concept worked well, and we were able to eliminate many unnecessary expenditures. I understand that DMCI Homes is highly innovative because you are entirely disrupting the way that people approach real estate transactions. I am eager to join your team of talented developers."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Innovation means introducing a new process, orcreating a breakthrough. A time when I have been innovative was when I built a new tracking system in our company's CRM. I wanted to create a more accurate way to track projects with a simple option for our sales team to update the project stage. The owner of the company loved my creation, and now it's implemented company-wide."
6.
What challenges are you looking for in your next position?
DMCI Homes knows that a perfect employment fit needs to go both ways. Just like the interviewer needs to know that they like you, they want to see that you love them back! Mention a few of the challenges that you are looking for in your next position and be sure to tie them into the duties and responsibilities mentioned in the job posting, or job description.

A challenge you may be looking for could be:

- Learning a new software program
- Leading a bigger team than you currently do
- Working on more robust products or services
- Stepping into your first leadership role
- Becoming immersed in a new industry

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I started looking for a new developer job, I determined that it was important to find a role with a company that embraces the latest and greatest in systems and software. My current organization is very 'old-school' in their systems, and I do not want to fall behind in my technical abilities. I appreciate that you work with the latest software and are often the first to market with many solutions."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"For the past six years, I have worked for a wonderful startup with great clients; however, I now have bigger fish to fry! I want to take on a role like this one where I can disrupt a very traditional real estate industry. To be more specific, I also want to learn more about cloud-based data solutions like EMR, Redshift, and Kinesis. I know that DMCI Homes will be able to offer this challenge and I look forward to growing my career with you."
7.
DMCI Homes is seeking a degree in Computer Science or another technical discipline. Walk me through your education.
The interviewer will likely have an idea of your education background from your resume. What they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! This question offers you the opportunity to discuss your major, any special academic recognition, or even what your favorite coursework included. Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be used in your new position with DMCI Homes.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a BS in Computer Science, I also have a great deal of on the job training and certifications, all listed on my resume. One of the biggest take-away's from my post-secondary experience was learning how to manage my time while working on multiple projects successfully. I perfected my multi-tasking skills and am eager to bringing those to work for DMCI Homes, in addition to my extensive technical knowledge."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I completed my Bachelor of Engineering Technology from Penn State University in 2004. During that time, I specialized in Data Management and Analysis. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA, as one of the top students in my class."
8.
This role with DMCI Homes is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
It's time for you to assure the interviewer that you bring a full understanding of the technical requirements to succeed in this job. It is essential that you research the role and thoroughly consume the information provided in the DMCI Homes job description. Keep your answer to the point being sure to use the same language used in the job description.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From our past conversation, understanding the job description, and researching the role online I feel that the job is best described as a project leader working with data and product teams to develop new tools and systems to support the growth of the business. The technical requirements that you would like to see are Python, Java, and AWS services. I am well versed in the tasks and programs you are asking for and am confident that I meet the strict requirements to perform in this role successfully."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My understanding is that you seek a candidate with expert level skills in React, Redux, Node.js, Java, Python, and SQL who can train junior employees. I am an expert user in all six of these areas. Do you have any questions about my technical expertise?"
9.
Describe an ongoing problem at your current job, that you were able to overcome.
Every place of employment will have its challenges, so the interviewer isn't asking for you to talk about the things you didn't like about your job. Remaining positive, speak to the interviewer about a specific issue that you were able to overcome in your previous role, based on your unique skill set. The way that you answer this question will also show the interviewer the type of responsibilities you currently hold.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current position, one ongoing problem is the disconnect and separation in the workplace between the developers, designers, and the sales team. I have begun to overcome this by implementing weekly lunch and learns where everyone is welcome. The topics are focused on a variety of situations that we all face in the company. I feel that the better we all understand each other's jobs and functions, the better we can all get along. So far, this approach has been working very well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"An ongoing issue in our department was a lack of funds allocated to the projects that our leadership had already approved. It seemed as though they wanted us to perform miracles with very little financial bandwidth. To overcome this, we banded as a team to decide where we could cut from our individual budgets to ensure the delivery of a solid product."
10.
In your current position, what tasks have you been asked to do that were out of your wheelhouse? How did you succeed?
At DMCI Homes you may be learning a new industry, and with that comes being asked to perform tasks with which you may not be the most comfortable. The interviewer wants to know how you approach a job when you do not possess the knowledge or experience. Most of us ask others for help or research to find the answer. Highlight to the interviewer that you are competent when it comes to learning and gaining new skills. Show that you do not get frustrated; instead, you take it as an opportunity to grow.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had minimal training going into my latest role because the company was a start-up with little direction but a lot of pressure on the gas pedal. I received training on their software system but nothing formal surrounding their web stack. Through many online tutorials and YouTube videos, I taught myself how what I needed to do, to be successful at my job."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current role, I was asked to lead software audit reviews, which I had never done before. I had to learn the standards and how to run an audit appropriately. I was also promoted to a team lead and had a direct report to monitor. This role was my first supervisory position, so I had never approved time sheets or handled employment-related concerns. I asked for advice when possible, and researched on my own time whenever necessary."
11.
If offered this role at DMCI Homes, how will you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors?
The interviewer would like to know how you plan to start relationships with your new co-workers and management, should you be the successful candidate. DMCI Homes works hard to nurture a cohesive workplace culture and environment, so it's vital that you will find your place within the team very quickly. Due to a wide variety of personalities, coworker connections can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have an active line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

Some ways to quickly build relationships include:

- Be willing to accept feedback and help
- Offer to join a committee or volunteer assistance in some way
- Do not have an air of entitlement or act as though you know the ins and outs immediately
- Avoid all company gossip, at all cost
- Be early on your first day (and every day after that!)
- Be well versed in the company's goals, and culture

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I like to ask my new colleagues for their best tip, and also what they are currently working on. Developer types like to bounce ideas off of others, which makes these two questions a very effective way to get to know my co-workers and management team."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"First impressions are everything, and I make a strong attempt to build relationships with all of my co-workers and management team, right up front. I ask discovery questions to learn how I can best support them when working together. It is also important to gain insight into their preferred methods of communications."
12.
We primarily lean on React, Redux, Node.js, Java, Python, and SQL. With which language are you most familiar?
The interviewer is giving you some insight into the languages that you will be using at DMCI Homes should you be the successful candidate. Considering the list of languages, think about which ones you have the most experience with, and where you are most comfortable. If you'd like, you can rank your skills from beginner to intermediate, advanced, and expert. Doing so will give the interviewer a good idea of where you stand with each language.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am familiar with all of these languages; however, my skill level varies between these. I am most experienced and comfortable with Python and SQL, having been immersed in these for the past ten years. With React and Redux, I am a beginner level user and very open to working on strengthening these skills."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current role, I work nearly all day in Java and Node. I would consider myself an advanced user in each of these. When it comes to Python, SQL, React, and Redux, I am an intermediate user. I can certainly commit to learning these further, before my first day at DMCI Homes."
13.
How is DMCI Homes transforming the future of real estate?
The way you answer this question will show the interviewer how much research you have done on DMCI Homes before your interview. Take a look at any awards and accolades DMCI Homes has received recently. Perhaps there are articles and press releases that you can rely on as well. Mention how you believe they are disrupting the real estate industry, and be sure to show your excitement for joining their team!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe that DMCI Homes is transforming the future of real estate by creating a one-stop shop for all things real estate. Typically, buying or selling a home is a stressful event; one has to hire a broker, a mortgage lender, a lawyer, and more. With a company like yours, you help home buyers through each stage in a well-timed, incredibly well-supported platform. What you are doing is entirely shaking up the industry, and I cannot wait to become a part of it."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Not only is DMCI Homes transforming real estate by giving buyers and sellers more options than just a typical real estate exchange with a realtor, but you are empowering a significant movement in a very traditional industry. Real estate has been the same for decades, and now, thanks to DMCI Homes the cumbersome process of buying and selling a home is changed forever."
14.
Who are DMCI Homes top competitors? Name for me one factor that we do better than the rest.
The work that DMCI Homes is bringing to the world is relatively new in the online real estate industry. For that reason, it's essential that you come to your interview with a great idea of what they do, and who is trying to compete with these efforts. Take some notes on their competitors and take the time to compare services. What do you believe is the stand-out factor for DMCI Homes?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that you were one of the first to market with a full-service online property platform and today your top competitors are (A), and (B). One factor that stands out to me, above all the rest, is the fact that your platform offers many add-on services such as a sales proceeds calculator, home estimation tools, and local news feeds for your users to stay in-the-know on what is happening in their marketplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Research shows me that your top competitors are (A), (B), and (C), although DMCI Homes was the first to market with many services that went beyond offering static listings. I understand that you source insights from the people who live in particular neighborhoods so that you can offer new buyers a deeper understanding of the community they are interested in moving. Passing along advice from local real estate agents, brokers and other real estate professionals is another reason why DMCI Homes stands out above the rest."
15.
If you had to choose just one, what would you consider to be your technical specialty?
The interviewer wants to know about your particular areas of interest or ability, and what makes you a unique candidate. Talk to the interviewer about your strengths and be sure to highlight any specific skills that you excel in. It's a great idea to highlight particular skills listed inside the DMCI Homes job description.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Technically speaking, my one greatest strength is in my front-end expertise. I love making pragmatic architecture recommendations and providing sound decisions that guide the development process."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have been focusing my career on becoming a senior data engineer and would say that data pipeline architecture is my primary technical specialty."
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  1. In your opinion, what has been the most exciting advancement in the real estate industry this year?
  2. What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work or make a mistake on a project?
  3. The online property listing services industry is highly competitive. How will you help DMCI Homes stay ahead of its competitors?
  4. DMCI Homes hosts regular hackathons to encourage innovation and autonomy. When have you created a new product, service, or process with the help of your tea?
  5. DMCI Homes is innovating the real estate industry. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?
  6. What challenges are you looking for in your next position?
  7. DMCI Homes is seeking a degree in Computer Science or another technical discipline. Walk me through your education.
  8. This role with DMCI Homes is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
  9. Describe an ongoing problem at your current job, that you were able to overcome.
  10. In your current position, what tasks have you been asked to do that were out of your wheelhouse? How did you succeed?
  11. If offered this role at DMCI Homes, how will you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors?
  12. We primarily lean on React, Redux, Node.js, Java, Python, and SQL. With which language are you most familiar?
  13. How is DMCI Homes transforming the future of real estate?
  14. Who are DMCI Homes top competitors? Name for me one factor that we do better than the rest.
  15. If you had to choose just one, what would you consider to be your technical specialty?
  16. What types of industries have your previous projects focused on?
  17. Pick an app on your phone and sell it to me.
  18. Market research is at the heart of what we do at DMCI Homes. How do you approach a project before beginning?
  19. What do you know about the workplace culture at DMCI Homes?
  20. DMCI Homes encourages cross-departmental collaboration. Do you have experience collaborating between developers, designers, and other stakeholders?
  21. DMCI Homes operates in an ever-shifting industry. What is the most significant shift you have had to deal with in your career?
  22. DMCI Homes has high expectations when it comes to our platform and customer experience. How do you react when you are dissatisfied with the quality, or the outcome of your work?
  23. Where do you see your career with DMCI Homes 12 months from now?
  24. What type of work environment do you need to be the most productive?
  25. Tell me about a time when you were particularly skilled in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
  26. DMCI Homes promotes from within, whenever possible. What do you see as the most challenging task in being a manager?
  27. After you implement a solution to a problem, how do you test the effectiveness of that solution?
  28. Why should DMCI Homes hire you?
  29. If you had half of a million dollars to build your own business, what would you do?
  30. If you had to give a TED Talk tomorrow, what topic would you choose?
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