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Global Direct Financial Services Interview

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Who would you say inspires you?

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  1. 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."


  1. This role with Global Direct Financial Services 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?"


  1. At Global Direct Financial Services 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 Global Direct Financial Services and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does Global Direct Financial Services 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 Global Direct Financial Services 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."


  1. We encourage innovation at Global Direct Financial Services. When have you created a new product or service?
    • Using your creative mind, have you ever introduced an employer to a new product or service opportunity? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have created a new product or service.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my previous role I was fortunate enough to introduce my company to the idea of a gold level service where, in addition to our general customer service, we added on service options. Our customer base responded very positively, and we kept the program running for a few years."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position, I create new products and services nearly every week! The most recent product that I created was X. Our customers received it well, and we are continuing to expand on the product now."


  1. 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."


  1. 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 Global Direct Financial Services 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?"


  1. At Global Direct Financial Services 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 Global Direct Financial Services.

      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 Global Direct Financial Services."


  1. 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."


  1. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Global Direct Financial Services take you?
    • Have you researched Global Direct Financial Services 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 Global Direct Financial Services 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."


  1. 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."


  1. 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."


  1. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Global Direct Financial Services than any of our competitors?
    • Before your interview, be sure to research Global Direct Financial Services 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 Global Direct Financial Services 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."


  1. At Global Direct Financial Services 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."


  1. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Global Direct Financial Services. 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 Global Direct Financial Services 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."


  1. 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."


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