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Here at Dealertrack Technologies, we strive for continuous delivery and continuous deployment with our software. Are you familiar with these processes in your current work?

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  1. 1.

    Here at Dealertrack Technologies, we strive for continuous delivery and continuous deployment with our software. Are you familiar with these processes in your current work?

      In the industries that Dealertrack Technologies works in, updates to software are vital to end users for them to stay at the forefront of their business. To ensure that updates happen as quick and smoothly as possible, Dealertrack Technologies utilizes continuous delivery and continuous deployment for their customers. For this question, talk about what you know about these processes as a software architect, why they are important and what experience you have with them.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role, we utilize a 100% continuous deployment process with our end users when we role out new changes to existing software. We use automated testing in our process to validate that code changes are correct and able to be deployed without issue. Once validated, changes are automatically rolled out to our end users. Having once utilized a continuous delivery system, I am very appreciative of working in an environment utilizing continuous deployment as it negates any need for human intervention in the roll out."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current position, we've slowly grown from a continuous integration process to a continuous delivery process. I love the automated testing process when we are looking at rolling out new changes to existing software and my role as the architect for our projects puts me in the drivers seat for sending out these changes. If hired for this role here at Dealertrack Technologies, I'd be very intrigued at learning and working with continuous deployment practices as well."

  2. 2.

    The software we develop here at Dealertrack Technologies requires you to have working knowledge of both privileges and roles within Oracle. Can you talk about your knowledge and experience of both within Oracle?

      On the development end of software, your role at Dealertrack Technologies will require you to have knowledge of the differences between user privilege and role. Your role will put you working with end users on the two roles and explaining your knowledge of the two will be important to your interviewer. Give a basic understanding that privilege relates to the right to execute SQL statements and another user's objects as defined by Oracle. Then talk about roles being created by administrators to grant privileges to their users.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role, I have great working knowledge of both role and privilege within Oracle as I work with the system administrators of our end users very closely. I work with them on using the grant and revoke commands to define the roles or their users and grant permissions within their system. To do this, I have to gain strong knowledge on the different people that are allowed access to the system and what they will be doing with their access."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my resume, it has been a few years since I've worked directly with Oracle but I do have great working knowledge of the system. To best explain my knowledge, privileges control the ability to run SQL statements with the database and my role has been to outline those privileges for our end users. Then, roles group together different privileges for each end user. In my past work, I'm most familiar with creating the different roles within the system and then working with key decision makes with our end users to grant the privileges to the roles we defined."

  3. 3.

    What would you say is your top non-technical skill that will help you succeed in this role here at Dealertrack Technologies?

      As a software architect at Dealertrack Technologies, you will be relied upon to be the bridge to between the business and technical side of the organization. Your work my be relied upon to work within many silos of the organization. Because of this need, your interviewer is asking you to dig deep inside of yourself and talk about what you feel is your greatest skill to help you do this that is outside of your technical ability. As you prepare for this question, there are many ways that you can answer. No matter how you answer, be sure that your answer relates to your ability to work with other people in some way, shape or form.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As I grew in the software development field over my career, I was best suited to be a architect because of my ability to be a great project manager. If hired for this role here at Dealertrack Technologies, you'll quickly find that I have the ability to lead others, negotiate, budget and oversee a project from idea to final delivery."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "From a self introspection point of view, I think that my ability to be empathetic towards others that I work with has led to a huge amount of my success in the software architecture field. While I do have the technical skills to do great things here at Dealertrack Technologies, my ability to learn from others, see their point of view and become a great teach to them when needed will really set me apart from others that you are interviewing for this position. If given the opportunity to work here, this skills will greatly improve the team atmosphere."

  4. 4.

    Do you have experience working with data in a cloud computing environment?

      Over recent years, more and more companies are converting to cloud based computing services because the conversion allows them to save money and have better auditing trails. As a prospective data engineer with Dealertrack Technologies, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are at least familiar with the concepts of working with cloud based data. Talk in details about the experiences you have while keeping your mind open to working with more in the future if hired with Dealertrack Technologies.

      Ryan's Answer

      "My current organization has been using Apprenda, a PaaS, that allows us to develop, test and maintain our software projects. I also have experience mining and converting data off of public, community and private cloud networks. If hired here at Dealertrack Technologies, I think I would bring a wealth of cloud based experience to the data engineering team."

  5. 5.

    Do you have any unique skills or past work experiences that we can't see on your resume that would benefit the team here at Dealertrack Technologies?

      This question is providing you the opportunity to potentially set yourself apart from your competition for this position. To do just that, it will be important for you to make sure that the unique skill or experience that you discuss matches with a critical need for Dealertrack Technologies and the position that you are interviewing for. Whether you talk about a unique skill or experience, your research on this job will prove vital in your ability to make sure that it impresses your interviewer.

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current role as a data engineer, I have gotten the opportunity over the last five years to work with clients in many industries. One of the industries that I've worked most closely with has been the private insurance industry. This experience and my gaining of insider knowledge in the insurance industry would benefit me greatly if brought aboard the team here at Dealertrack Technologies."

  6. 6.

    What do you feel is one of the top issues that is faced by data engineers today?

      Being in the midst of the greatest technological revolution in the history of man, data engineers face many difficult issues in the work that they perform on a daily basis. While there are many directions that you can go with this question, be sure to focus your answer on something that you can speak passionately about. If you can research a common issue in the industry that Dealertrack Technologies works in, you may likely score some bonus points with your interviewer.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Over the past couple of years, I've come to realize that one of the largest issues we face as data engineers is the large amounts of data that are needed to store and then draw information from. Here at Dealertrack Technologies, I can only imagine how big of an issue that is in the healthcare industry. I have a lot of experience with cloud based data storage and also server based storage."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my recent experiences, continuous, real-time integration is an issue that we will face each and every day moving forward. The need for fast paced information is certainly to blame for this. To stay on top of the continuous integration landscape, I am happy to hear that new and improved systems are being created to stay more real-time and up to the minute. Here at Dealertrack Technologies and working in the financial industry, how have you seen this need for real-time data impact your products?"

  7. 7.

    What data cleaning methods are you familiar with and comfortable using if hired for this role at Dealertrack Technologies?

      To improve data quality and increase overall productivity of a system, Dealertrack Technologies relies on their data analysts to use data cleansing methods to ensure quality data exists in their software. Be open and honest with the ways that you've helped ensure quality and accurate data in the systems that you've worked with while also showing that you have an open mind to learning and utilizing more methods if hired for this position.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current work, I use a very methodical fashion in cleaning data for finished systems. My first step is to remove duplicate and irrelevant observations within the data. Then I scan the data to remove extra spaces, convert numbers stored as text into numbers and remove duplicate data. These steps help ensure clean and accurate data and I never overlook them. If hired for this position, what methods does the current data analyst team her at Dealertrack Technologies utilize?"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I am familiar with many methods used in the cleansing of data. The initial monitoring of errors within a system is very important to identifying where errors occur and give insight into how to fix corrupt data. I have utilized the tools within Domo software to validate data accuracy and scrub for duplicate data in my processes as well. Being very proficient in data analysis, I'm very open to learning new methods as well if hired for this position."

  8. 8.

    We are looking for innovators to join us here at Dealertrack Technologies. Where have you brought innovation in automation to a process in your career?

      Innovation in software has occurred in many phases over the last 20 years and Dealertrack Technologies is always striving to be on the forefront of innovation in their field. For this question, think back on your automation experience and talk about a concept that you helped create that you felt was innovative. Really sell your interviewer on your ability to think outside of the box with this question by hammering home the idea that you can help bring new innovations to the team at Dealertrack Technologies.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "To be very honest with you, I was really drawn to the automation side of engineering because of the constant need to be flexible and continuing me education to stay ahead of new trends. Last year, I helped develop a codeless test automation for my company that brought together our software engineers and end users to test in environments in a fast and efficient manner. The codeless testing was a first for my organization and really helped free up time for our software engineers to come up with solutions rather than spend time testing."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "About four years ago, I was on a team that developed an AI bot that could test scripts and provide analysis on extremely large amounts of data in a short period of time. Our work focused on the algorighms that the AI would utilize in its testing work. From the start, the AI process was extremely accurate and efficient. Now, as things have changed over time, modifications to the AI system all center around changes to the algorithms. Based on our success, we presented our AI system at a national conference last year and it received a lot of great accolades."

  9. 9.

    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.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "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."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "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."

  10. 10.

    In Oracle, do you understand what a join is and what the various types of joins are?

      As a software developer that utilizes Oracle databases, your interview will expect that you have a strong working knowledge of concepts within oracle. One such concept is joins. Let your interviewer know that you understand that join is used to combine columns from multiple tables based on values within the columns to allow you to query data from those multiple tables. Then, explain what you know about left, right, inner, full outer and cross joins.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Having worked with Oracle for the past five years, I have a strong experience in using join to query data from multiple tables within the system. I have written queries utilizing left and right join, but the majority of my work in my current role utilizes inner join. This query looks to select data that is common in multiple tables and has been extremely useful in healthcare related software."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I do fully understand the join process in Oracle and have experience working with all of the types of joins that are possible in querying in the system. I've recently become very familiar with the cartesian cross join that basically joins all rows from multiple tables. In recently helping develop a program for the auto sales industry, I created a grid in Oracle that populated all of the common specs of makes and models of vehicles and the cross join made this much easier."

  11. 11.

    Can you describe the software development lifecycle?

      With this question, employers are looking to test your knowledge. They want to know how much you've participated in the projects you've been involved in to truly understand the software development lifecycle. The question may seem basic to some, but employers are expecting an accurate answer to know that they're hiring a true pro.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Absolutely. In my last job, we leveraged the waterfall method, making sure we completed each phase of the project - and completed it on time and to the highest quality, before moving on. The software development lifecycle consists of 6 steps, starting with planning, of course, followed by implementation, testing, documentation, deployment, and maintenance. Every step is crucial to ensure we're producing a quality product and also maintaining that product to meet the changing needs and demands of our end users."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I am new to my career in financial services and sales; however, I have taken an online course focused on cold calling. This course was incredibly helpful and I look forward to meeting and exceeding my targets with Dealertrack Technologies."

  12. 12.

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

      As a company that utilizes Java, Dealertrack Technologies and your interviewer want to make sure that you have an understanding of the Java programming language and they do so by asking this question. Obviously a language packed with unique features, talk about the features that you can speak the most knowledgeably about and tie your direct experience to.

      Ryan's Answer

      "When I started working with Java three years ago, the first huge benefit was the fact that the Java syntax was based on C++. At that time, I had a great working knowledge of C++ and my transition to Java was absolutely seamless. The other amazing feature that I've come to appreciate with Java is how robust the memory management is in exception handling and automatic garbage collection."

  13. 13.

    Here at Dealertrack Technologies, we ask our test engineers to follow specific QA protocols. What role do you feel QA plays in software development and testing?

      As an experience software testing engineer, quality assurance should be ingrained in your brain and your interviewer is looking to get a sense of your personal feelings towards it in your work with this question. In your answer, be sure to highlight QA's importance in reducing errors, maintaining specifications, testing failure parameters and preventing defects from occurring. In the end, make sure that quality is your mantra in the eyes of your interviewer by giving an example or two of how you put QA in the forefront of your work.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As a test engineer, I take great pride in my role of ensuring that systems go out to consumers as error free as possible. In my current role, I take the time to learn all of the system specifications that are laid out by our design engineers and customize my testing to follow those specifications."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my work throughout my career, quality assurance in my testing was an every minute of every day job on my part. While creating effective testing processes on new software is extremely important in following QA protocols, the recording of defects, issuing of reports and assisting the designers on fixing issues are equally important parts of the process that I'd love to let shine here at Dealertrack Technologies."

  14. 14.

    If hired for this position at Dealertrack Technologies, what leadership skills would you bring to our team?

      While this position at Dealertrack Technologies may not hold the title of manager, supervisor or director, the organization firmly believes that employees that demonstrate key leadership qualities are better set for future career success. Aside from that, leadership skills help you work better as part of a larger team and with potential customers as well. Prior to your interview, think about one or two leadership qualities that you possess and talk in detail about how you've exemplified those qualities in the past.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I would say that my credibility is my best leadership skill. My openness and honesty suits me well when working among a team of individuals and this helps them gain trust in following my lead when working on projects. Another skill I would bring here to Dealertrack Technologies would be my ability to lead by example. I'm not afraid to take a risk in seeking innovation and I've been commended for this trait many times by my current manager."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "If you were to offer this position to me, you'd quickly find that my positive attitude is an inspiration to those that I work closely with. In my current job, we work under the constant stress of tight deadlines and my positivity can be infectious to help others maintain their focus when negativity can easily take over in most situations. I would say that my other strong suit as a natural leader is my ability to be fluid on a day to day basis. Sometimes our world can be monotonous and when change comes, most resist that change. For me, change is a chance to break the current mold and grow as an employee."

  15. 15.

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

      Dealertrack Technologies uses indexes to improve query performances within their software and for this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you have a basic understanding of both clustered and non-clustered indexes. Explain the differences between the two types of indexes and be sure you can either speak to relevant times that you've used each or when would be the appropriate application to use each.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In the simplest of terms, a clustered index order records in a table the way that they are physically stored. There can only be one clustered index per table. Non-clustered indexes do not store data to match the physical order that it is stored. Rather, it can hold up to 249 indexes per table. Both types come with their own benefits over the other. In my experience, clustered indexes are suited best for programs that use primary key as an identity integer column. On the other hand, non-clustered make the most sense for programs that need JOIN and WHERE clauses within them."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my experience, clustered indexes are faster to read but very slow when it comes to update data within. Non-clustered indexes are just the opposite in that they are slower to read but much fast to insert new data into them. In my current role, I mostly use clustered indexes when large numbers of rows need to be retreived and when insert operations are important. Most other times, I will use non-clustered as the standard."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    Dealertrack Technologies embraces an Agile environment. Explain your experience in Agile methodologies and why you think it is important.

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.

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  20. 20.

    Give an example of a time that you used a universal design practice in your work as a UI or UX designer. Why was it important to do this?

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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

    What programming languages would you consider yourself fluent in?

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  23. 23.

    How do you ensure that you have a healthy work-life balance in your career?

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  24. 24.

    Dealertrack Technologies hires developers with a strong understanding of object-oriented programming. Discuss your knowledge in this area.

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  25. 25.

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

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  26. 26.

    Do you consider yourself stronger in C++, C#, Java, or Python?

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  27. 27.

    What skills do you use to cope with the day to day stress and pressure on the job?

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  28. 28.

    Talk about your previous user interface design experience in detail. Why do you feel that this experience will translate well to this role with Dealertrack Technologies?

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