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26 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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At Demandware we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
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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! What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be used in your new position with Demandware.
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  1. At Demandware we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
  2. What would you consider your technical specialty?
  3. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Demandware take you?
  4. This role with Demandware is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
  5. In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in technology this past year?
  6. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
  7. At Demandware we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
  8. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Demandware than any of our competitors?
  9. At Demandware we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
  10. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Demandware. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?
  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?
  12. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  13. Working at Demandware, 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?
  14. At Demandware we value organization. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
  15. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  16. Who would you say inspires you?
  17. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  18. Culture fit is important to us at Demandware. How would you describe your personality?
  19. We encourage innovation at Demandware. When have you created a new product or service?
  20. At Demandware we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  21. What do you think you will like about this role with Demandware?
  22. How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
  23. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  24. How do you define success?
  25. We want to hire people at Demandware who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?
  26. What are your salary expectations?
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15 Demandware Answer Examples
1.
At Demandware we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
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! What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be used in your new position with Demandware.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I completed my Bachelor of Applied Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. During that time I specialized in Data Management and Analysis. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA, one of the top in my class."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed my Diploma in Information Technology. 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 look forward to bringing those to work for Demandware."
2.
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."
3.
We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Demandware take you?
Have you researched Demandware 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 Demandware 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."
4.
This role with Demandware is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
Assure the interviewer that you bring a full understanding of the technical requirements attached to this particular job. It is essential that you research the role and thoroughly consume the information provided in the company's job posting/job description. Keep your answer to the point.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From our previous conversation, understanding the job description, and researching the role online I feel that the job is best described as a project leader focused on X, Y, and Z. The technical requirements that you would like to see are A, B, and C. 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 X, Y, and Z, who can train junior employees. I am an expert user in all three of these areas. Do you have any questions about my technical expertise?"
5.
In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in technology this past year?
Display to the interviewer that you have an invested interest in the technology industry by discussing your thoughts on recent advancements. Be sure to include how you stay up to date on industry changes and new technology.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"There have been so many great advancements in technology this year. Recently, I was reading an article by MIT Technology Review and was amazed at the incredible advancements this year. The one that stood out most to me was the autopilot software update released by Tesla this year. We truly will have the software for vehicles to be controlled by tech rather than humans."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The most impressive advancement in technology, in my opinion, is the continued advancement of mobile integration. Tech connects most of the modern world, and we can do absolutely everything from our phones these days."
6.
Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
Discuss with the interviewer one of your recent projects that particularly piqued your interest. Did it stretch you professionally? What was the biggest takeaway for you from that particular project?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role we were working on a variety of projects with fingerprint recognition software. One of the most interesting projects was a fingerprint-based ATM system. It was a test project for a large banking institution. In addition to learning a great deal about fingerprint recognition, I was also able to learn a lot about the critical relationship between software and security."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I find the majority of the projects that I have been working on this past year to be very interesting. If I had to choose one, I would choose to work on the Uber app. Since I am still in my internship, I didn't have any major contributions; however, I learned a lot about on-demand apps and building a friendly user interface."
7.
At Demandware we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
It is critical that you research Demandware and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does Demandware 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 product, 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 Demandware 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 projects as simple as possible while remaining innovative. People want simple, easy products, which they can understand. What I've seen from my competitors lately is that they overcomplicate their products. I offer clean and consistent work that your buyers would relate to."
8.
Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Demandware than any of our competitors?
Before your interview, be sure to research Demandware and any awards or recognition they have recently received. In their industry, and competitive space, where do they stand out? Be sure to speak positively about the organization's recent achievements to show that you are interested and engaged in their work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I was preparing for this interview I noticed that Demandware was recently recognized for innovation in XYZ. You are a trailblazer in this particular arena which is amazing."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"After reading reviews on your company, I believe that your reputation is the most solid and sincere of all your competitors. Amazing service is always the best way to stand out."
9.
At Demandware we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
Signing a non-disclosure agreement is quite common in the software and technology industry. If hired, you will likely become privy to trade secrets, pending patents, and other innovative projects that must remain confidential. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to sign an agreement. If you are currently under non-disclosure or non-compete agreement with your present employer, now is the time to discuss that.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have signed non-disclosure agreements in the past; although I am not currently under one. I see the importance of agreements such as this and am most willing to comply."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am happy to review any privacy and confidentiality agreements that you have."
10.
We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Demandware. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?
Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and the way in which you prefer to approach a new project. If you have a sense of how Demandware prefers to approach their work you should discuss that method. For instance, if the interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your queue to talk about your excellent research skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree that research is the backbone of a strong project. Without it, important details are missed and much time is wasted. I like to research before starting a project so that I can lay out a plan and understand the potential hurdles as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although there are some instances where jumping right it may be required, I always prefer to research before I being a project. Rest assured; I would always follow your preferred methods, should I be hired."
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 Demandware as that may pique the interviewer's interest!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 #2
"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.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My greatest work-related accomplishment was the management promotion I received at Company X after just one year. I worked very hard for that promotion and was so happy when my work and dedication was rewarded. It kick-started my career."
13.
Working at Demandware, 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) "
14.
At Demandware we value organization. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
An interviewer needs to hear that you have a plan in place to keep yourself organized. Start off by mentioning that you are typically an organized person. From here, dive into a recent time-consuming project that you were involved with.

You might say, 'I recently was involved with a project that required 30 hours of my time in a two week period while I was also in the middle of several other projects.'

Tell the interviewer that you started off by ensuring you had your schedule mapped out before you dove into your workload. Discuss if you made a to-do list, updated your calendar, or created a color-coded agenda. Share whatever organization method worked for you! Next, tell the interviewer how you prioritized the work. You may share that each day you sat down to determine the urgent needs for that day and marked them with a letter A. Perhaps you identified anything that would be nice to get done that day with a letter B. And, maybe you just left everything else that could wait for another day unmarked. Tell the interviewer how you diligently stuck with this plan for the duration of the project and how it allowed you to complete the project on time without any stress successfully.
Rachelle's Answer
"Last week I was asked to lead our team while our manager was away. I created a checklist of things that needed to be completed to reach our deadlines. I gathered the team to discuss our goals and asked for input and ideas to get us there. It was a great experience for me because not only was I able to exercise my leadership capabilities; I was also able to learn more about prioritizing, from my team."
15.
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."
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