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27 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner
Published January 8th, 2020 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
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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?

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1.

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 Practice Fusion, 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 Practice Fusion 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.

Ryan'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."

Ryan'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 Practice Fusion, 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."

2.

In your experience in software testing, would you consider yourself proficient in both testing and debugging processes?

As a reputable provider of software, Practice Fusion relies on their software testing engineers to both test and debug their products when necessary. Make your interviewer aware that you are knowledgeable on both processes by briefly explaining each process as you've worked on them in the past. Then, talk about your openness to working both testing and debugging processes if hired for this position.

Ryan's Answer #1

"Yes, I definitely would consider myself proficient in both testing and debugging software. My current role that I've held for four years since graduating from college has exposed me to both processes. In testing, I use known conditions and predefined methods to test for expected outcomes to find errors within the system. I utilize testing prior to new software rollouts. The debugging process happens to already released software that has had issues and comes with unknown conditions and unpredictable outcomes. In this process, my goal is to find the cause of the error to fix it efficiently and effectively to roll an updated program back out to end users."

Ryan's Answer #2

"While a majority of my career has been focused on software testing, I am very familiar with debugging processes as well. If hired for this position, I would take the time to focus on debugging processes to bring myself up to speed while being able to hit the ground running on testing processes."

3.

What skills do you use to cope with the day to day stress and pressure on the job?

In modern technology industries, consumer demand has led to high volume of work and high pressure situations to work on tight deadlines. To prove that you are able to handle high stress, high pressure situations on the job, your interviewer is looking to hear first hand how you handle this type of environment in your own words. As you answer the question, try to turn potential perceived stress into a positive by highlighting your personal skills that enable you to perform well in those situations. If possible, try to use specific examples in your answer.

Ryan's Answer #1

"Where many others get overtaken by stress to the point that they can't function in this field, high pressure situations sharpen my focus and that helps me work through them with ease. Last year, I was assigned a high priority, short notice project for a high profile customer. My manager gave it to me because of my proven success in those situations. From the start, I created a timeline for completion and mapped out a plan to make it happen. While staying in communication with my leaders and the client, I was able to create a great system update in just a few short weeks."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I am confident in high stress work situations because of my ability to adapt, communicate and be organized in my work. These skills came in very useful a few weeks ago when our support staff were experiencing an extremely high volume of help desk calls. My adaptability helped me go with the flow and handle items on at a time. My communication skills enabled me to quickly and efficiently call on needed support. My organization skills helped me be prepared for anything on that day and enabled me to work through tickets in a quick and efficient manner."

4.

We are looking for innovators to join us here at Practice Fusion. Where have you brought innovation in automation to a process in your career?

Innovation in software has occurred in many phases over the last 20 years and Practice Fusion is always striving to be on the forefront of innovation in their field. For this question, think back on your automation experience and talk about a concept that you helped create that you felt was innovative. Really sell your interviewer on your ability to think outside of the box with this question by hammering home the idea that you can help bring new innovations to the team at Practice Fusion.

Ryan's Answer #1

"To be very honest with you, I was really drawn to the automation side of engineering because of the constant need to be flexible and continuing me education to stay ahead of new trends. Last year, I helped develop a codeless test automation for my company that brought together our software engineers and end users to test in environments in a fast and efficient manner. The codeless testing was a first for my organization and really helped free up time for our software engineers to come up with solutions rather than spend time testing."

Ryan's Answer #2

"About four years ago, I was on a team that developed an AI bot that could test scripts and provide analysis on extremely large amounts of data in a short period of time. Our work focused on the algorighms that the AI would utilize in its testing work. From the start, the AI process was extremely accurate and efficient. Now, as things have changed over time, modifications to the AI system all center around changes to the algorithms. Based on our success, we presented our AI system at a national conference last year and it received a lot of great accolades."

5.

If hired for this position at Practice Fusion, what leadership skills would you bring to our team?

While this position at Practice Fusion may not hold the title of manager, supervisor or director, the organization firmly believes that employees that demonstrate key leadership qualities are better set for future career success. Aside from that, leadership skills help you work better as part of a larger team and with potential customers as well. Prior to your interview, think about one or two leadership qualities that you possess and talk in detail about how you've exemplified those qualities in the past.

Ryan's Answer #1

"I would say that my credibility is my best leadership skill. My openness and honesty suits me well when working among a team of individuals and this helps them gain trust in following my lead when working on projects. Another skill I would bring here to Practice Fusion would be my ability to lead by example. I'm not afraid to take a risk in seeking innovation and I've been commended for this trait many times by my current manager."

Ryan's Answer #2

"If you were to offer this position to me, you'd quickly find that my positive attitude is an inspiration to those that I work closely with. In my current job, we work under the constant stress of tight deadlines and my positivity can be infectious to help others maintain their focus when negativity can easily take over in most situations. I would say that my other strong suit as a natural leader is my ability to be fluid on a day to day basis. Sometimes our world can be monotonous and when change comes, most resist that change. For me, change is a chance to break the current mold and grow as an employee."

6.

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 Practice Fusion, 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 Practice Fusion.

Ryan'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 Practice Fusion, I think I would bring a wealth of cloud based experience to the data engineering team."

7.

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

Practice Fusion uses indexes to improve query performances within their software and for this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you have a basic understanding of both clustered and non-clustered indexes. Explain the differences between the two types of indexes and be sure you can either speak to relevant times that you've used each or when would be the appropriate application to use each.

Ryan's Answer #1

"In the simplest of terms, a clustered index order records in a table the way that they are physically stored. There can only be one clustered index per table. Non-clustered indexes do not store data to match the physical order that it is stored. Rather, it can hold up to 249 indexes per table. Both types come with their own benefits over the other. In my experience, clustered indexes are suited best for programs that use primary key as an identity integer column. On the other hand, non-clustered make the most sense for programs that need JOIN and WHERE clauses within them."

Ryan's Answer #2

"In my experience, clustered indexes are faster to read but very slow when it comes to update data within. Non-clustered indexes are just the opposite in that they are slower to read but much fast to insert new data into them. In my current role, I mostly use clustered indexes when large numbers of rows need to be retreived and when insert operations are important. Most other times, I will use non-clustered as the standard."

8.

Talk about your previous user interface design experience in detail. Why do you feel that this experience will translate well to this role with Practice Fusion?

While your interviewer can get a good sense of your experience from your resume, they are looking for you to talk in details about your experiences in UI design in your previous work. While explaining your previous experience, be sure to highlight the skills that you developed that will help you be successful in designing new products with Practice Fusion. Prior to your interview, be sure you research and are family with the products that Practice Fusion puts out.

Ryan's Answer #1

"Ten years into my career out of college, I consider myself very blessed to have such a well rounded background in user interface design. I have experience designing cutting edge mobile app designs, website design, video game design and software design. Here at Practice Fusion, your education software would greatly benefit from my creative designs to be user friendly and appealing to educators, parents and students and I'd love to bring these skills to work for you."

Ryan's Answer #2

"While my experience in user interface design has really focused on web design over the past five years, I think my current skill set will benefit the team here at Practice Fusion greatly. In my web design, I prepare mockups and wireframes for customers and have experience utilizing a lot of different resources in doing these. In the software world, I would love to use these same principles. As well, my web experience has really driven me to be user focused. In this role, a more user focused drive is required out of your user interface design and I would be able to bring that to the team here."

9.

Do you have any unique skills or past work experiences that we can't see on your resume that would benefit the team here at Practice Fusion?

This question is providing you the opportunity to potentially set yourself apart from your competition for this position. To do just that, it will be important for you to make sure that the unique skill or experience that you discuss matches with a critical need for Practice Fusion and the position that you are interviewing for. Whether you talk about a unique skill or experience, your research on this job will prove vital in your ability to make sure that it impresses your interviewer.

Ryan's Answer

"In my current role as a data engineer, I have gotten the opportunity over the last five years to work with clients in many industries. One of the industries that I've worked most closely with has been the private insurance industry. This experience and my gaining of insider knowledge in the insurance industry would benefit me greatly if brought aboard the team here at Practice Fusion."

10.

If hired for this position here at Practice Fusion, would you be comfortable handling overall project manager responsibilities for new software development?

As a skilled software engineer, you have all of the necessary tools in your bag to be a successful engineer at Practice Fusion. 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 Practice Fusion. 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.

Ryan's Answer #1

"Looking to join the team here at Practice Fusion directly out of college, I feel very confident in my abilities to manage the entire scope of a new development project. I have leadership experience as my campus' president of the software engineering club. In that role, I developed skills that would help me utilize staff and resources in the best way possible. During my internship, I was exposed to the planning stages of new projects and I have a very good feel of estimating the budget and length of time needed to have a fully functional system."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I would absolutely be comfortable if tasked with project manager duties here at Practice Fusion. In my last two roles, I have led successful projects that started with great planning and budgeting process and went through to completion with great people and processes in place under my leadership. While it's not a regular duty for me in my current role, I always welcome leadership duties."

11.

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

As with any server or database storage, unique security risks are posed to organizations that have moved their data and applications to the cloud. At Practice Fusion, part of your role will be to ensure that all security measures are in place with the organizations data in the cloud and your interviewer is looking to hear that you are familiar with diagnosing security risks and taking action to prevent them with this question. Talk about your knowledge of the different cloud service providers and other security measures that you are familiar with taking in your work.

Ryan's Answer #1

"For me, the planning stage of the cloud deployment process really sets the groundwork for security in a project. In my current role, each project adopts a cloud framework that suits the project the best. This framework is the base for our security measures in the cloud. From there, I always look to utilize a cloud service that encrypts our data and take all measures to steer away from storing sensitive information within the cloud. Last, as with any project, I help implement strict testing measures to check on the security of our cloud operations."

Ryan's Answer #2

"In my current role, the biggest security risks that we face are loss of sensitive data and malware infections. To take all security measures possible, our first plan of attack for security is to ensure that all of our data is backed up locally with electronic copies of data. To prevent malware in all ways possible, we have implemented a strict password strength policy and we install anti-virus software in our own equipment and recommend that customers do the same as well."

12.

Practice Fusion embraces an Agile environment. Explain your experience in Agile methodologies and why you think it is important.

The interviewer would like to understand the depth of your knowledge in Agile. The interviewer would also like to know if you work well with team collaboration, are responsive to stakeholder needs, and can work well with team defined milestones. Give a specific example of your experience.

Ryan's Answer #1

"The majority of my experience has been in an Agile environment. For ten years I have been personally responsible for leading agile teams, and I have helped define team goals and milestones. This approach is important to me as I see how Agile methodology helps employees deliver better products in less time. In my current role, team productivity increased by 34% once we introduced an Agile environment, and our on-time project rate skyrocketed another 18%."

Ryan's Answer #2

"I especially want to work for Practice Fusion because I have friends who have worked here before with really positive feedback on their experiences. I am looking for a positive work environment where I can stay for a long time to come."

13.

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

As a software architect at Practice Fusion, you will be relied upon to be the bridge to between the business and technical side of the organization. Your work my be relied upon to work within many silos of the organization. Because of this need, your interviewer is asking you to dig deep inside of yourself and talk about what you feel is your greatest skill to help you do this that is outside of your technical ability. As you prepare for this question, there are many ways that you can answer. No matter how you answer, be sure that your answer relates to your ability to work with other people in some way, shape or form.

Ryan's Answer #1

"As I grew in the software development field over my career, I was best suited to be a architect because of my ability to be a great project manager. If hired for this role here at Practice Fusion, you'll quickly find that I have the ability to lead others, negotiate, budget and oversee a project from idea to final delivery."

Ryan's Answer #2

"From a self introspection point of view, I think that my ability to be empathetic towards others that I work with has led to a huge amount of my success in the software architecture field. While I do have the technical skills to do great things here at Practice Fusion, my ability to learn from others, see their point of view and become a great teach to them when needed will really set me apart from others that you are interviewing for this position. If given the opportunity to work here, this skills will greatly improve the team atmosphere."

14.

What experience do you have in the different types of software maintenance?

As a reputable company, Practice Fusion takes their software maintenance processes seriously and your interviewer is looking to hear that you are familiar with the four different types of software maintenance. Talk to your interviewer about any work you have done in the past with corrective, adaptive, perfective and/or preventative software maintenance. Use specific examples and make sure that your interviewer walks away from your conversation knowing that you understand the importance of proper system maintenance.

Ryan's Answer #1

"Being familiar with all four types of software maintenance, my most used method of maintenance in my current role is corrective. Based on bug reports from end users, I work through coding and logic issues to resolve issues in a timely and effective manner. In the maintenance I perform, I never hesitate to pick up the phone and contact customers to hear first hand about what they are experiencing. By doing this, they feel like they are an important part of the process and it reflects well on me and my organization."

Ryan's Answer #2

"In my current role, I'd definitely say that a majority of the maintenance work that I do is adaptive maintenance. Working in banking software that is used around the globe, I help perform system maintenance for changes in currency on a pretty regular basis. This work requires research and talking with end users to help adapt the programs for their use. If hired here at Practice Fusion, I also have experience performing perfective, preventative and corrective maintenance on software as well."

15.

How do you ensure that you have a healthy work-life balance in your career?

In the fast paced world in software and technology development, heavy work loads and potential on-call duties have created a lot of burnout in professionals. Your interviewer is looking to hear that you are cognizant of the risks of burnout and that you do what is necessary to maintain your own personal health and well being and that of your family as well. While you can use this time to talk about personal interests or hobbies outside of work, try to focus on how these items help keep you refreshed for the work that you'll be doing for Practice Fusion.

Ryan's Answer #1

"As I am passionate about my career as a UX designer, I am also passionate about my family. Any moments outside of work are spent coaching my kids traveling baseball teams in the summer months and then spending as many weekends as possible on the ski slopes. These activities help keep me active, physically fit and keep my mind centered on what it truly important in my life when work weeks get stressful."

Ryan's Answer #2

"Having watched many of my senior colleagues over time suffer from work burnout that has caused marital issues and health issues, I make it a priority to maintain a healthy balance between my work and my home life. My free time is spent in the outdoors with my wife, whether that be on the lakes and rivers fishing or biking around town. I consider myself fortunate to be considered for a position here at Practice Fusion because I know that you put a focus on your employees maintaining this healthy balance because the organization realizes how important this is to be productive."

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Interview Questions

  1. 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?
  2. In your experience in software testing, would you consider yourself proficient in both testing and debugging processes?
  3. What skills do you use to cope with the day to day stress and pressure on the job?
  4. We are looking for innovators to join us here at Practice Fusion. Where have you brought innovation in automation to a process in your career?
  5. If hired for this position at Practice Fusion, what leadership skills would you bring to our team?
  6. Do you have experience working with data in a cloud computing environment?
  7. In SQL, how do you explain the differences between clustered and non-clustered indexes? Can you name a time that you used each?
  8. Talk about your previous user interface design experience in detail. Why do you feel that this experience will translate well to this role with Practice Fusion?
  9. Do you have any unique skills or past work experiences that we can't see on your resume that would benefit the team here at Practice Fusion?
  10. If hired for this position here at Practice Fusion, would you be comfortable handling overall project manager responsibilities for new software development?
  11. Our cloud computing at Practice Fusion requires our experts to take proper security measures in their work. What security measures are you familiar with utilizing in a cloud platform?
  12. Practice Fusion embraces an Agile environment. Explain your experience in Agile methodologies and why you think it is important.
  13. What would you say is your top non-technical skill that will help you succeed in this role here at Practice Fusion?
  14. What experience do you have in the different types of software maintenance?
  15. How do you ensure that you have a healthy work-life balance in your career?
  16. 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?
  17. What programming languages would you consider yourself fluent in?
  18. What software analysis and design tools do you have familiarity working with?
  19. Can you describe the software development lifecycle?
  20. Do you consider yourself stronger in C++, C#, Java, or Python?
  21. If you were asked to review a colleague's code that they had written, what key things would you look for?
  22. Do you have experience working with different CASE tools? If so, what do you have experience with?
  23. 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?
  24. In your mind, when is monkey testing the most effective in testing new software?
  25. Here at Practice Fusion, we strive for continuous delivery and continuous deployment with our software. Are you familiar with these processes in your current work?
  26. Here at Practice Fusion, we ask our test engineers to follow specific QA protocols. What role do you feel QA plays in software development and testing?
  27. What data cleaning methods are you familiar with and comfortable using if hired for this role at Practice Fusion?
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