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27 Questions and Answers by Marissa Letendre

Published January 2nd, 2020
Question 1 of 27
Do you consider yourself stronger in C++, C#, Java, or Python?
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How to Answer
Before your interview, do some research to understand what tech stack Kinaxis 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.

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Question 2 of 27
If hired for this position here at Kinaxis, would you be comfortable handling overall project manager responsibilities for new software development?
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How to Answer
As a skilled software engineer, you have all of the necessary tools in your bag to be a successful engineer at Kinaxis. This question is allowing your interviewer to get a better sense of your project management skills and people skills if you were to join the team at Kinaxis. In your answer, talk about your ability to estimate the time and cost of a project, the staffing needed and the overall scope of planning for a particular project. If you have direct experience in being the lead on a large development project, be sure to discuss that experience with your interviewer.

Question 3 of 27
How do you feel that your prior experience would benefit you in a training role here at Kinaxis?
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When Kinaxis rolls out new software to their customers, they rely on this role to train end-users on utilizing the new software. Successful candidates can come from either a focused technical role and learn how to effective train people or they can come from formal business training background and learn the software aspect of the job. Either way, be sure to project success in this role by talking about your ability to be an effective trainer in this role based on the experience that you will be bringing to the table if hired at Kinaxis.

Question 4 of 27
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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How to Answer
As your role with Kinaxis 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.

Question 5 of 27
When do you consider a project to be finished?
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When answering this question, be sure to understand what the employer is truly asking. They are looking to see where you think the project ends, whether that is when it's completed and all testing is done, or whether you think projects are ongoing and require constant work. It can be a trick question as many companies believe a project is never truly finished. Be sure to give an explanation with your answer to back up your belief.

Question 6 of 27
If you were confronted with a time where you wouldn't be able to meet a deadline here at Kinaxis, what steps would you take when you made that realization?
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At some point in any person's career, the inevitable happens and an important deadline needs to be missed. With your interviewer fully understanding this fact, they are solely interested in how you react to this situation and what you do to make the situation right. In your answer, focus on the refocused planning and communication needed while also avoiding blaming others for the situation. Your interviewer holds accountability as a desirable virtue, so be sure to take accountability for actions in your response.

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Writers for Kinaxis Inc. Answers and Questions

Marissa Letendre
Marissa Letendre is a seasoned HR professional, recruiter, and resume writer, with an extensive background in consulting for startups, small, and mid-sized businesses. As an expert in the HR/recruitment industry, she has contributed to Recruiter.com, The Undercover Recruiter, and other top industry publications. As someone who understands the industry from both sides: the company and the candidate, she is able to craft strategies which create mutual benefits and profitable results.
Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 01/02/2020

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