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1.
At Happiest Minds we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
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Every hiring manager would like to know that their investment of time and training will pay off. Assure the interviewer that you see this position as a long-term fit. How does this role with Happiest Minds fit into your longer-term plans?

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1.
At Happiest Minds we seek to hire individuals who have ambitions of growing their career. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
Every hiring manager would like to know that their investment of time and training will pay off. Assure the interviewer that you see this position as a long-term fit. How does this role with Happiest Minds fit into your longer-term plans?

Tom's Answer #1
"In 3-5 years I would like to see my career with Happiest Minds include a path towards a leadership role. I am very keen on paving a long-term career in the healthcare services realm and would love the opportunity to do that here."
Tom's Answer #2
"One of the attractive points of working for Happiest Minds is that you care about the growth of your employees. I'm motivated to learn and am looking for a long-term fit. In 3-5 years I'd like to be grounded in the clinic, learn about this site, your patient base and earn certifications that would help the unit advance. Personally, I'd like to get involved in some of the local volunteer organizations. I speak Spanish, and I have an interest in urban outreach so it would be nice to do something formal in that context...health-education or fundraising."
2.
What is your opinion on why Blockchain has become so popular, and where do you see it in five years?
Admittedly, Blockchain has many benefits. There's been a lot of chatter about start-ups using Blockchain because it allows them to reach a global audience without geographic restrictions. It's at a stage in its life where a lot of people see technology innovations with Blockchain in just about every industry out there. Researchers are also seeing benefits from a public Blockchain because they can access large amounts of public data.

I recommend describing a situation where you were involved in introducing Blockchain to your company or advocating Blockchain as a networking solution to perhaps gain market share. Explain the tasks that were part of your responsibility like presenting a future-state schematic of what the Blockchain environment would look like, with benefits and outcomes that the company would see as a result of implementing this type of network.

Tom's Answer #1
"I believe Blockchain will revolutionize our daily lives. In the next five years, I see it changing how we spend and transact. I see it in my workplace, and it's already making an impact on business, education, transportation, and healthcare. One example of its uses and presence that I've seen first-hand is in Healthcare. It provides a safe place to store information accessible by hospital administrators and patients, plus they don't have to store or carry physical paper documents since it' stored digitally on a Blockchain and accessible 24/7. My last company was a healthcare start-up and used a Blockchain app to let patients store their information on the Blockchain. My role with this company was to develop the app, while I created the infrastructure to provide a secure transaction environment. I was also responsible for mapping out a five-year growth plan to target other industries or markets we could expand into for continued growth."
Tom's Answer #2
"I believe Blockchain is here to stay. I think it provides a lot of value for both individuals and investors who conduct electronic financial transactions. Not only is it secure, but it has a centralized ledger system that provides transparency and verifiability which can give you piece of mind. In my experience working with Blockchain technologies, I've found that it improves security so that a business doesn't have to invest large amounts of money for additional hardware and software to keep their systems safe. It also comes with lots of benefits, like reliable security, cost savings, ability to do real-time transactions, immutability, and the option for user pseudonymity."
3.
Many companies are new to the cloud computing environment. How do you brief them about what security aspects come with a cloud?
The interviewer is testing your knowledge of security measures associated with the cloud environment and your ability to help customers manage their company's cloud.

Knowing how to advise Happiest Minds's clients on the benefits of the cloud, specifically on security issues, will be a huge selling point for you landing the job.

Tom's Answer #1
"Cloud environments can be as secure as computing environments hosted on-premise based on two key attributes. These are Authentication and authorization, and Control of access. Authentication allows only those users who are authorized to access the resources hosted in the cloud. These include data, applications, and storage. Control of access is a system administrator tool which enables them to allow or deny access to specific users. Together, these tools provide a safe and secure cloud environment."
Tom's Answer #2
"There are two control mechanisms which keep hosted cloud compute environments safe and secure. These are Authentication and authorization, and Control of access. Authentication and authorization prevent unauthorized parties from accessing a company's data and applications. This is also known as 'Hacking." Control of access is the methodology system administrators use to provide authorization to known users. By only allowing authorized users to enter the system and then requiring them to authenticate themselves, companies can be assured their data and other computing resources are safe from theft and misuse."
4.
Tell me about a time where you made a great recommendation that you think would have greatly benefited your client, but they just didn't like it. What approach did you take to convince them?
It's a challenge when you have to deal with a company that has different opinions and management styles. Depending on whom you are working with, and their role and responsibility, you will likely have to craft a compelling value proposition to clearly show that your recommendations will yield a return on their investment in a relatively short time. Consultants know this all too well. Push back from the client comes from managers who either don't understand the idea, concept or solution, and how it will help the organization. This type of interview question is asked to see how you handle rejection from the client, and if you recommend another solution that might work better. In addition to a compelling value proposition, provide a similar example that you recommended to a client that worked very well and had a good return on their investment.

Tom's Answer #1
"When someone doesn't like my ideas or recommendations, I don't take it personal. I show empathy towards people who may disagree with my ideas or recommended solutions. I understand that some people may not be clear about how the technology or solution works, and how it may benefit them. When it comes to change, it is sometimes difficult to implement change since people like the way they work, and get used to a certain routine at work. One of the approaches that I used to convince them that my recommended solution would benefit the company was to highlight the areas that directly benefited them, and how it would make their daily tasks easier to manage."
Tom's Answer #2
"Another way I was able to convince this client that they need my recommended solution was that I gave them ownership and involvement in the project very early on so they could see first-hand where they would be able to realize the benefits that directly apply to their department. I made them feel they were an important part of the process. As an outsider (consultant) telling them how I could improve their operations, I know I had to be respectful to their concerns. I avoided confrontation, and took a non-intrusive approach to learn how they worked so I could document and show them exactly where they benefited from my recommendations."
5.
In your opinion, what is the most exciting collaboration between data analysis and artificial intelligence in the past year?
If you are up to date on the trends and happenings between data analysis and AI, you should have no problem answering this question. Discuss an exciting collaboration, project, or product release that you have heard of recently. Because this is an open-ended question, be careful not to ramble on.

Tom's Answer #1
"I have taken a keen interest in how artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms have been working together to optimize business workflows. The result appears to be better strategies for enterprises surrounding people management, effective operations, as well as culture and engagement."
Tom's Answer #2
"I recently read an article in Forbes on the top machine learning programs to watch. I was especially intrigued with a company called DataVisor which uses machine learning to uncover financial data issues, helping to protect against bank fraud, and other financial based criminal activity."
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