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28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published February 12th, 2020 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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What do you consider to be a good litmus test for when you would automate a test process for a new system versus testing manually?
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As your role with Galileo Global Distribution System will look to help further their automate testing processes for new systems, you will need to have a good sense for when automation makes sense and when it does not. Reiterate your sense for this to your interviewer by sticking to the high level response that repetitive tasks, as are common with large software companies, are prime candidates for automation whereas one time test cases are not.
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1.
What do you consider to be a good litmus test for when you would automate a test process for a new system versus testing manually?
As your role with Galileo Global Distribution System will look to help further their automate testing processes for new systems, you will need to have a good sense for when automation makes sense and when it does not. Reiterate your sense for this to your interviewer by sticking to the high level response that repetitive tasks, as are common with large software companies, are prime candidates for automation whereas one time test cases are not.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Having been in automation in both manufacturing for many years and now software for the last three years, a common misconception among people is that automation can help improve any situation and that couldn't be further from the truth. The amount of time, effort and resources that goes into an automation process makes it ideal for repetitive tasks and tests that have multiple data sets. If a testing process calls for unique and one time process, it would make the most sense to run that process manually."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I"n my current position, most of the automation testing that I design is in program sanity testing. These automated tests work great because they run on similar systems following changes in code to ensure that no bugs remain in the system. If our group of engineers are working on unique, one off type projects, my automation processes are not utilized."
2.
If hired for our system analyst role here at Galileo Global Distribution System, what would you say are your two greatest skills that you would add to our team?
While your interviewer can see from your resume and your experience that you have the technical skills to succeed in this role at Galileo Global Distribution System, this question is allowing them to dig more into your skill set by having your talk about your other skills and qualities that you feel will make you successful. When thinking about the overall duties that you'll hold at Galileo Global Distribution System if hired, try to touch on some of the following points: critical thinking, analysis skills, time management, problem solving skills, communication skills and troubleshooting skills.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As I look back on my career to this point, I can really attribute much of success to my time management skills and my communication skills. As a system analyst, I work with many people on many different projects. My excellent written and verbal communication skills allow those that I work with to understand me, my needs and provide information to me in a clear and concise manner. Then, when handling multiple projects, my time management skills involve careful project tracking, setting goals and delegating tasks when needed."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In my short time working as a system analyst out of college, I've had the opportunity to do a lot of self reflection based on the teams that I've been a part of. In a team based atmosphere, I find that my critical thinking skills put me in a position to lead groups in planning and development phases of projects. Then, because of my technical knowledge in software applications and networking, I have developed great troubleshooting skills that I'd be able to contribute to the team here at Galileo Global Distribution System."
3.
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 Galileo Global Distribution System as that may pique the interviewer's interest!

Ryan'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."
Ryan'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?"
4.
As you reflect back on your career to this point in your search for a new position, what would you say is your ideal work environment or culture?
While using this question as a key indicator on how you'll fit with the team and the organization at Galileo Global Distribution System, it will be very important for you to research as much as you can on the work environment at Galileo Global Distribution System so you can match your priorities to that environment. If you have the opportunity to speak with an employee at Galileo Global Distribution System prior to your interview, that can shed valuable information. In the end, the culture and value of an organization are often a key indicator of long-term success in a job, so make sure that you reflect your values into what the company values.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As I begin this job search now 15 years out of college, I'm looking for an employer that promotes and encourages innovation, new ideas and collaboration among all members of the team. From what I know about Galileo Global Distribution System from speaking with others, you sound like a perfect match for what I am looking for in a career."
Ryan's Answer #2
"With all of the companies that I have both worked for and consulted with in the past, I realize that a company culture is basically the personality of the company and I am looking for a new organization that really meshes well with my personality. I am a casual person that believes in hard work, teamwork and having fun on the job. As I embarked on a job search, I was so happy to see that Galileo Global Distribution System was hiring because I believe our styles will fit perfectly together."
5.
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 Galileo Global Distribution System 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.

Ryan'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."
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