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Beyond revenue, how do Hitachi Solutions's products benefit our clients?

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  1. 1.

    Beyond revenue, how do Hitachi Solutions's products benefit our clients?

      An excellent software product can positively affect a business in a multitude of ways. From organization to client relationships, increasing leads, offering better data collection and, and information management. The interviewer wants to see that you have spent the time getting to know the features and benefits of their software before your interview. Discuss the ways that Hitachi Solutions's offering can benefit potential customers far beyond revenue.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I fully understand that, although revenue is a significant driver, it is not everything to companies when they are deciding on their software products. Additional benefits to Hitachi Solutions's software, from my research, include better organization of data so that information can be leveraged in areas of product development, market research, smarter hiring decisions, and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "From what I see, there are a plethora of benefits to Hitachi Solutions's products. When a company embraces organization, has access to insightful analytics and a full support team, they can make business decisions that improve not only profits but also employee morale, customer feedback, or research and development."

  2. 2.

    As a consultant with Hitachi Solutions, your role will be vital in gather information from our customers in building new technology for them. What would be your goals in an initial consultation with a new or existing client?

      Software consultants are the bridge between the end users and the development teams of new software to help come up with new and creative solutions for the business. In this role with Hitachi Solutions, you will be expected to live in two different worlds and this question focuses on how you will work with end users of the companies products. In an initial consultation, focus your efforts on how you will learn the business needs of the client, talk about what can potentially be offered and then how you will start the creative problem solving process with them.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As an experienced consultant looking to break into the technology field, I will break a lot of awesome client focused skills to your team. In an initial consultation, my number one goal is to learn the business of the client and listen to what they are looking for in my products. Once their need is known, I can knowledgeably speak to the products that I work with to help them create a custom solution to fit their needs. If hired for this position, my first order of business would be to work very closely with the design and engineering staff to know the possibilities of customization. From there, my natural ability to consult with clients would take over in a win-win situation for all involved."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In consulting with a new client or an existing client looking for system modifications, my number one goal in a first meeting with them would be to lay the framework for how we will move forward and to set expectations moving forward. I would look to understand their business needs and talk with them about all of the solutions possible for them with us as their software provider. From there, I have the ability to set expectations on a time frame for a solution proposal and we can move forward from there. At the end of a first meeting, I want to ensure that the key decision makers are comfortable with me and the business that I represent so they don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions or for clarification on items discussed."

  3. 3.

    At Hitachi Solutions, we rely on a full team effort to deliver top quality products to our customers. Tell me about a time that you worked well as part of a team. Are you comfortable in a similar role here?

      While this potential role with Hitachi Solutions will require your to be an independent worker that can think on your feet, you will also need to work as part of a larger team that is working toward one common goal. Because of this fact, your interviewer will want to hear that you thrive in an environment where you work with team members from other disciplines than you are trained in. In your example, stress to your interviewer that you have excellent communication skills and that you fully understand that every person on a team plays a vital role in the organization's success.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Throughout my career, I've always enjoyed working as part of a larger team on the job and this personal enjoyment started with my love of and participation in team sports like baseball and basketball. Growing up playing sports, I learned that each team member brought a unique skill set that could help us achieve our goals. Through a great coaching staff that knew how to make these individual skills shine, this same philosophy holds true for a team that is looking to design a new software system. I know that my skills as an engineer are just part of the final product and I work very well with designers, architects, analysts and sales to help build the greatest system possible."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a people person by nature and my current role has me working very closely with our engineering and design staff on writing technical manuals for our products. While I certainly can handle long days at my computer in solitude, my desire to work hand in hand with others really sets me apart from my peers in this field. I have excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills that, if hired here at Hitachi Solutions, your entire team would appreciate from my first day on the job."

  4. 4.

    In your current role, how would describe your ability to communicate and coordinate with the developers, testers and architects that you work closely with?

      At Hitachi Solutions, teamwork is of utmost importance for the system analysts to perform their job well. Talk to your interviewer about your most comfortable methods to communicate with others on your team and give examples of how you've contributed to a team based atmosphere. Be sure that your interviewer walks away from your conversation without a shadow of a doubt that you will be a team player if hired for this position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, my current job is with a worldwide software development organization. Because of our reach, a lot of my colleagues that I work with are in different locations than me. Most communications are in email and I consider myself great at communicating clearly through email. We also utilize Skype for video meetings when I need to get face to face with my engineers and testers on my projects. While not having someone in an office next door can be difficult at times, especially when looking to coordinate high needs tasks, being organized and timely in communications is key to success."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I consider myself excellent at coordinating activities among my team of colleagues and keeping lines of communication open with them as well. In my current role, I lead a bi-weekly huddle where our testers, architects, engineers and analysts can get together in a room for 30 minutes to discuss high needs items as a group. All of the individuals involved in these meetings have been very thankful for my coordination of them because of the eventual time that is saved through elimination of email chains and one-off conversations between people."

  5. 5.

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

      As a company that utilizes Java, Hitachi Solutions 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.

      Rachelle'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."

  6. 6.

    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 Hitachi Solutions, it will be very important for you to research as much as you can on the work environment at Hitachi Solutions so you can match your priorities to that environment. If you have the opportunity to speak with an employee at Hitachi Solutions 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.

      Rachelle'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 Hitachi Solutions from speaking with others, you sound like a perfect match for what I am looking for in a career."

      Rachelle'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 Hitachi Solutions was hiring because I believe our styles will fit perfectly together."

  7. 7.

    What unique values can you bring to Hitachi Solutions in your user experience design skills?

      While your interviewer has shown confidence in your technical abilities to succeed at Hitachi Solutions as a UX designer, this question is helping them gain insight into your ability to see the big picture in the work that you do. As you think about the unique personal values that you would bring to the role, try and paint a picture of your work tying to the end user and how you can help make it more productive, enjoyable and satisfying for them.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have really taken pride in my ability to add value to the business needs of the customers that I work with. During any design project, I take the time to work with end users to find their wants and needs out of the program. Then, as I create the UX design, I keep their needs at the forefront and do anything possible to exceed their expectations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my resume, I have formal training and experience in user experience research and I know that this would benefit the work that I would be doing here at Hitachi Solutions if hired for this position. I pursued this additional training in my career because of my passion for the customer journey in the programs that I design."

  8. 8.

    Hitachi Solutions uses business intelligence tools to improve sales performance. With which BI tools are you most familiar?

      Business intelligence (BI) tools are applications used to collect information, process it, and structure that data in a way that makes sense. Generally, BI tools are used when a company is handling a considerable amount of unstructured data from their system. An example of an organization requiring a BI tool would be a hospital needing to organize patient health records. A useful business intelligence tool will bring a company's information to life through visuals (data visualization).

      Some of the most popular BI tools include:

      - Sisense
      - BIRT
      - icCube
      - Domo
      - Clear Analytics
      - Gooddata
      - IBM Cognos Intelligence
      - Looker
      - JasperSoft
      - Microsoft BI

      Explain to the interviewer with which tools you are most familiar. If you can, rate your knowledge in each as beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert. This rating will help the interviewer to understand better where your strengths are. If the BI tools used at Hitachi Solutions are mentioned, be sure to address your experience level of those as well.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am most experienced in the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform, as this is what we use in my current role. I have been working with it for a couple of years now, and fully understand it's capabilities and features including the analysis and integration services, reporting, and its applications for creating and working with analytical data. I would say I am an advanced user in this tool. I see that Hitachi Solutions uses Microsoft BI as well, which is great."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I saw in the Hitachi Solutions job posting that you use Gooddata and MicroStrategy. I am an intermediate user in each of these tools. With Gooddata, I have used it for consolidating large amounts of data from the cloud. MicroStrategy is used in my current company to ensure all of our important data is held neatly in one place, where it's easy to sort and access."

  9. 9.

    How do you feel cloud computing has positively impacted the software industry?

      While the reasons are plentiful as to how cloud computing has had a direct impact on developing and refining software for organizations, your interviewer is looking to hear which reasons you are willing to speak most passionately about. However you answer this question, try to either focus on the ease and accessibility for end users or cost savings for organizations in your answer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Being in the software industry for over 20 years, I feel like the biggest impact that the cloud has had reflects directly to our customers in the software industry. In days of yore, we spent years working through software updates and releases. And now, I look to how we are continuously rolling out small scale, yet impactful, updates through the cloud and end users are able to see that impact the next day!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "One commonly overlooked area where I feel cloud based systems have brought a major improvement is in analytics. Ten years ago, it took a lot of time and resources to pull relevant data to build analytics and visualization tools. Today, information can be automatically built to pull in the snap of a finger and that is something that I never take for granted in my work."

  10. 10.

    Talk about a recent successful project that you worked on that required you to navigate some troubled waters during the project. What were the roadblocks and how did you overcome them?

      While your resume and your past experiences can easily show your interview that you have the technical abilities for this position with Hitachi Solutions, your interviewer needs some insight on your problem solving skills. This question allows your interviewer a chance to see how you handle adversity by using resources available to you. In your answer, talk about your ability to think critically and leverage people and resources to the advantage of beating a roadblock in your work. Make sure that your answer provides an example of a project that ended in success.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "A couple of years ago, I was the lead architect on a new software package that we were developing. As in any project, I was tasked with reviewing and approving the code the would be enveloped in the software. Because the final code impacted our potential clients and this was certainly a unique package we were developing, I proposed putting together a focus panel of existing clients to discuss potential needs out of a new system. My senior leaders were very reluctant to do this as they didn't want any word getting out about the program in its infancy. Knowing that we really wanted their feedback to start the coding process, I worked with our sales staff to build a list of our most dedicated customers. Then, I approached out leadership with this group and they approved without reluctance. After putting together the focus panel and gathering their thoughts, we built a phenomenal program that exceeded all of our sales and performance expectations."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I know that a large part of my success in the software architecture field is due to my ability to work collaboratively with others and provide mentorship to those on my team. On a recent project, I faced a design engineer that was very rigid in their ways and was unable to conform with new requirements for a system we were designing. In one of our first planning meetings, it became very evident that he would be unwilling to change in his ways. Being a person that wants to talk things out before escalating things further, I invited him to my office to talk one on one. I used a very educational approach to explain why we would be using the process we would be and I encouraged his participation in that approach. He hesitantly agreed. As we moved from design phase to the implementation phase, the engineer went right back to his old way of doing things and not embracing our new process. Rather than upsetting the entire project time, I immediately approached the engineer with a your either on board the ship or off the ship approach. Rather quickly, he asked that his seat on the team be reassigned to another engineer. In doing that quickly, our project was back up and running with success."

  11. 11.

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

      Before your interview, do some research to understand what tech stack Hitachi Solutions uses so you can best prepare and highlight your expertise. If you aren't as strong in one of the skills you feel is necessary, be sure to explain how you've used it and how you are growing your knowledge to become better. Be sure to be honest in your answer, as the company will likely test your strengths.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my last company, we had a bit of an outdated tech stack and used C# and .NET. I found myself fully immersed in those technologies, but had a strong desire to learn more and become more familiar with modern technologies and how I can apply that in my career. That's what has me so interested in this role. Over the last year, I've taken courses in Java and C++, which I noticed you prefer. I've become proficient in the skills and in side projects, applied my increasingly strong knowledge. I'm probably strongest professionally in C# as that has been where my experience lies, but my passion and dedication is on the Java and C++ side, as I feel that's the more modern alternative. I'm excited about the possibility of applying that knowledge in a role at Hitachi Solutions."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am motivated and excited about this new opportunity because it will challenge me to grow in my (X) skills. I love soccer and enjoy spending time with my teammates. I am interested in continuing my education by studying (Y) to further my career."

  12. 12.

    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 Hitachi Solutions, 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 Hitachi Solutions.

      Rachelle'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 Hitachi Solutions, I think I would bring a wealth of cloud based experience to the data engineering team."

  13. 13.

    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?

      In the technology, software and mobile app fields today, accessibility is a huge topic. As a designer with Hitachi Solutions, you will be expected to help create products that are as accessible as possible to as many end users as possible. In this two part question, talk about why you feel that universal design is important in the work that you will be doing with Hitachi Solutions and then really sell your ability to do this by giving an example of a time you used a universal design in your previous work.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From a very high level, the business success of a program really relies on being universally designed. If we pigeon hole ourselves, a product will only reach a very limited group of end users. But taking that a step further, universal design is the morally right thing to do to help reach people that may not have access to the average program design. Last year, I was part of a project that utilized a voice user interface for users that were deaf or hard of hearing. This simple yet effective design was a huge win for our current customers and in helping drive new business with our groundbreaking software."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Early in my career, the best piece of advice that I receive was from an experience designer and she said that when UX doesn't consider all potential users, we are no longer working on the user experience. We live in a very diverse world and the programs that I've designed for in the past have certainly had the goal to reach a wide audience. With your financial products here at Hitachi Solutions, this same philosophy applies. Last year, based on some feedback from current customers, we switched our design to include a strong color contract to make the system much more user friendly to color blind users. This was both a simple and very effective change to enhance the look of the program."

  14. 14.

    The next cloud engineer that we hire here at Hitachi Solutions needs to be able build a system that can handle a high amount of traffic. How would you test our system's ability to handle large amounts of traffic?

      This question allows your interviewer to gain insight into your thought process and ability surrounding building a cloud network that has an architecture that can handle large amounts of traffic without failure. Some key points to focus on your answer are your ability to match capacity to system demand and use horizontal scaling in the design of the system.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Cloud computing has certainly revolutionized the storage of high amounts of data and a key piece that cloud based systems bring to the table are their elasticity for handling large amounts of traffic. I see my job as building a cloud based system to scale horizontally to be able to handle the most data and traffic possible. To test systems, I've used a few different tools that were all very accurate prior to go-live."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In my current position as a cloud engineer, I have utilized internet scale services like Amazon S3 and Elastic Load Balancing to ensure that our cloud systems could handle large volume that fluctuate seasonally. Because of the great functionality of the internet scale services, internal testing wasn't necessary as we knew we were in good hands through those services."

  15. 15.

    Tell me about a time your manager changed the scope of the project in the middle of it. How did you deal with it?

      With this question, your prospective employer is looking to see how you handle change, especially change that can be frustrating and disrupting to your work. In your answer, be sure to explain what happened, as briefly as possible, and how you handled that change to get back up-to-speed and on-track with your project.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "We were working on a software upgrade project which was supposed to take 12 weeks; however, 4 weeks in, my manager approached us and requested different modifications, even though the modifications were almost 75% complete. I understand that changes can happen and it was my job to get back on track and get going on it. I immediately took action and worked with my team and manager to come up with a plan moving forward, as that disrupted our schedule. We were able to all pick up extra and through that, we still hit our initial deadline."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I can assure you that, if hired, I would put the customers of Hitachi Solutions first. When working in the financial services world, your customers can determine your success. I have a very high referrals rate which tells me that my customers are happy."

  16. 16.

    If hired here at Hitachi Solutions, what do you feel would be the biggest hurdle for you to overcome from the start?

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  17. 17.

    Here at Hitachi Solutions, 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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  18. 18.

    In our consulting services here at Hitachi Solutions, we often have to work with people who aren't very tech savvy. How would you handle a situation like this if hired for this role?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    What methods do you use to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in tech?

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  21. 21.

    Would you say that you are a goal oriented on the job? What would I be able to do as your manager to help you achieve your goals if hired here at Hitachi Solutions?

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  22. 22.

    If you were working on a project here at Hitachi Solutions that came with frequent changes in user requirements, how would you handle that situation?

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  23. 23.

    Talk about a time when things didn't go as planned on the job. What was the situation and what allowed your to persevere in that situation?

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  24. 24.

    Walk me through your experience in enterprise software sales, and complex sales cycles.

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  25. 25.

    Our cloud computing at Hitachi Solutions requires our experts to take proper security measures in their work. What security measures are you familiar with utilizing in a cloud platform?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

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

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  28. 28.

    In your current work, what are the important steps you take in the data validation process?

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