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28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published February 27th, 2020 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
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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 Schlumberger Information Solutions?
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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 Schlumberger Information Solutions 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.
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1.
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 Schlumberger Information Solutions?
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 Schlumberger Information Solutions 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 Schlumberger Information Solutions."
2.
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?
As your role with Schlumberger Information Solutions 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.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Having been in automation in both manufacturing for many years and now software for the last three years, a common misconception among people is that automation can help improve any situation and that couldn't be further from the truth. The amount of time, effort and resources that goes into an automation process makes it ideal for repetitive tasks and tests that have multiple data sets. If a testing process calls for unique and one time process, it would make the most sense to run that process manually."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I"n my current position, most of the automation testing that I design is in program sanity testing. These automated tests work great because they run on similar systems following changes in code to ensure that no bugs remain in the system. If our group of engineers are working on unique, one off type projects, my automation processes are not utilized."
3.
Do you have experience working with different CASE tools? If so, what do you have experience with?
The world of software engineering has greatly benefited from advancements in computer aided software engineering tools. Because Schlumberger Information Solutions is at the forefront of the industry, your interviewer will be looking to hear which tools you have experience with. Make sure not to concern yourself with providing a correct answer here, but rather focus on your flexibility to learn new aides when needed while explaining what you have experience with.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In my current role, I regularly utilize both diagramming and web development tools. The diagram tools assist our software projects by outlining the system data and components in a graphical form for us and this saves us a great amount of time while also being very reliable. The web development tools greatly help me visualize site changes that I am making because I don't have a deep background in web development. If hired for this position, I'd look forward to learning other CASE tools for prototyping, quality assurance and maintenance."
Ryan's Answer #2
"During my career and in my experience with CASE tools, most of my experience is in the lower CASE elements that focus on coding and testing the software after initial development. CASE tools have certainly made life as a software engineer more efficient and effective and I'd look forward to learn any new CASE tools if hired for this position here at Schlumberger Information Solutions."
4.
Here at Schlumberger Information Solutions, we ask our test engineers to follow specific QA protocols. What role do you feel QA plays in software development and testing?
As an experience software testing engineer, quality assurance should be ingrained in your brain and your interviewer is looking to get a sense of your personal feelings towards it in your work with this question. In your answer, be sure to highlight QA's importance in reducing errors, maintaining specifications, testing failure parameters and preventing defects from occurring. In the end, make sure that quality is your mantra in the eyes of your interviewer by giving an example or two of how you put QA in the forefront of your work.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As a test engineer, I take great pride in my role of ensuring that systems go out to consumers as error free as possible. In my current role, I take the time to learn all of the system specifications that are laid out by our design engineers and customize my testing to follow those specifications."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In my work throughout my career, quality assurance in my testing was an every minute of every day job on my part. While creating effective testing processes on new software is extremely important in following QA protocols, the recording of defects, issuing of reports and assisting the designers on fixing issues are equally important parts of the process that I'd love to let shine here at Schlumberger Information Solutions."
5.
What software analysis and design tools do you have familiarity working with?
As a software engineer for Schlumberger Information Solutions, your interviewer wants to hear that you have experience in utilizing tools that you make you more proficient in your work. Dig back on your past experiences and talk openly about your experiences with the different analysis and design tools that are available to help you be better in the work that you do. In the end, make sure that your interviewer understands that you are proficient in the use of these tools and open to learning and using new tools as well.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As my career and experience in software engineering has grown over the years, I've come to really appreciate and utilize these tools that are available. A great example of this would be my recent education and use of Structured English for designing insurance claim software for a large auto insurer. The simplicity of the structured decisions in the program were a perfect example of a program that could utilize the tool and the end product ended up very functional for our customer."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I have great working knowledge in creating and reading data flow diagrams. To help with both our own sales staff and with customers, DFD's have been super helpful and I consider myself very proficient in creating them. I've also recently been introduced to decision tables to aid in product testing. I was working on a new system that involved some very complicated business rules and the decision table helped outline everything perfectly for our testing."
6.
In your experience in software testing, would you consider yourself proficient in both testing and debugging processes?
As a reputable provider of software, Schlumberger Information Solutions 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."
7.
What SDLC models are you familiar in working with?
As a software engineer, you are very familiar with the software development life cycle. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear what models you have worked on in the past. While there isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question, try to show your flexibility to working with different SDLC models by bringing up your past experiences. Then, show you have knowledge of different models like the waterfall model or agile model. It is also a good idea to use this question as an opportunity for you to learn more about Schlumberger Information Solutions by asking your interviewer which model they work off of.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my training in software engineering and in my early career, the waterfall model was the standard. In this model, each phase of the development process happens in a set order and projects using this model are easily managed. But over time, as the development projects that I have led have become more complicated and intricate, I have implemented the spiral model. This model has allowed the ability of end users to give feedback early on and often during development and helps to build a more customized product to our customers."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In my current position with XYZ Company, my department utilizes the agile model in development life cycle. Since our products are so tailored to the needs of our customers, we get a working product very early on in the process and then I work hand in hand with customers to fine tune the software moving forward. It is a very effective model that has built a great reputation for our software among customers. I also have familiarity working with the iterative model and it has similar advantages to the agile model. If I were hired here at Schlumberger Information Solutions, can you expand on what models you use here in your software development life cycle?"
8.
If hired for this position at Schlumberger Information Solutions, what leadership skills would you bring to our team?
While this position at Schlumberger Information Solutions 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 Schlumberger Information Solutions 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."
9.
We are looking for innovators to join us here at Schlumberger Information Solutions. 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 Schlumberger Information Solutions 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 Schlumberger Information Solutions.

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."
10.
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."
11.
Schlumberger Information Solutions 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 Schlumberger Information Solutions 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."
12.
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 Schlumberger Information Solutions, it will be very important for you to research as much as you can on the work environment at Schlumberger Information Solutions so you can match your priorities to that environment. If you have the opportunity to speak with an employee at Schlumberger Information 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.

Ryan'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 Schlumberger Information Solutions from speaking with others, you sound like a perfect match for what I am looking for in a career."
Ryan'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 Schlumberger Information Solutions was hiring because I believe our styles will fit perfectly together."
13.
As a machine learning engineer, how do you avoid the curse of dimensionality in your designs?
To effectively answer this question, it is important to first understand what dimensionality means in reference to machine learning and how it can curse a project. As the number of features increases in comparison to the number of observations within a data set, some algorithms struggle in pulling correct data. Your job on this question is to talk about ways that you can avoid the curse in your designs. Some possible things that you may mention and describe are feature selection, correlation thresholds and variance thresholds.

Ryan's Answer #1
"A common example that I use with people to explain complications in dimensionality is dropping a pin on a 10 foot straight line. This would be relatively simple to find. Next, if you dropped the pin in a 10 foot by 10 foot square, the task of finding the pin becomes more difficult. Adding a third dimension to make a 10 foot cubed area makes it all the more difficult to find the pin if placed within it. In bringing this back to machine learning, my job is to somehow make the three dimensional field that the machine will pull from easier to pull from. Last year, I was part of a team that developed a system for pulling public health data. We were able to set many variance thresholds that removed values that didn't change much from observation to observation. After careful testing, the system was able to pull information quickly and accurately based on these thresholds."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As you can see from my resume, I've spent the last six years working in the electronics industry. Most of my machine learning work has focused audio data. To avoid the curse of dimensionality within the systems I've designed, autoencoders have been tremendous in pulling information. While a great amount of time and effort was needed to effectively train the systems, the work was well worth it in the end."
14.
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.

Ryan'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."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I can assure you that, if hired, I would put the customers of Schlumberger Information 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."
15.
Do you have experience utilizing Bayesian networks in designing artificial intelligence?
Because of their ability to provide a graphical model for relationships among a set of variables, Schlumberger Information Solutions is a firm believer that Bayesian networks are a critical part of their artificial intelligence design. To fortify your knowledge of the networks, give a high level overview of your understanding of them and also talk about any experience you have in utilizing them. Make sure your interviewer walks away from your conversation knowing that you are able to utilize Bayesian networks in your future work with Schlumberger Information Solutions.

Ryan's Answer
"I do have very direct experience in creating Bayesian networks and I've done so in the healthcare industry over the past couple of years. One that we designed looked at all of the potential symptoms and effects of heart disease and built this all into a very complicated Bayesian network. With this given, we were able to create an AI program for a health insurer that could program in known information from their insured individuals to gauge their probability for heart disease."
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  1. 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 Schlumberger Information Solutions?
  2. 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?
  3. Do you have experience working with different CASE tools? If so, what do you have experience with?
  4. Here at Schlumberger Information Solutions, we ask our test engineers to follow specific QA protocols. What role do you feel QA plays in software development and testing?
  5. What software analysis and design tools do you have familiarity working with?
  6. In your experience in software testing, would you consider yourself proficient in both testing and debugging processes?
  7. What SDLC models are you familiar in working with?
  8. If hired for this position at Schlumberger Information Solutions, what leadership skills would you bring to our team?
  9. We are looking for innovators to join us here at Schlumberger Information Solutions. Where have you brought innovation in automation to a process in your career?
  10. What skills do you use to cope with the day to day stress and pressure on the job?
  11. Schlumberger Information Solutions embraces an Agile environment. Explain your experience in Agile methodologies and why you think it is important.
  12. 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?
  13. As a machine learning engineer, how do you avoid the curse of dimensionality in your designs?
  14. Tell me about a time your manager changed the scope of the project in the middle of it. How did you deal with it?
  15. Do you have experience utilizing Bayesian networks in designing artificial intelligence?
  16. The next cloud engineer that we hire here at Schlumberger Information 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?
  17. 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?
  18. If hired for this position here at Schlumberger Information Solutions, would you be comfortable handling overall project manager responsibilities for new software development?
  19. Software technology continually changes. How do you stay current on new technologies and sharpen your skills?
  20. Do you consider yourself stronger in C++, C#, Java, or Python?
  21. If you were confronted with a time where you wouldn't be able to meet a deadline here at Schlumberger Information Solutions, what steps would you take when you made that realization?
  22. What do you feel are the primary features and benefits of the Java programming language?
  23. What unique values can you bring to Schlumberger Information Solutions in your user experience design skills?
  24. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Schlumberger Information Solutions take you?
  25. How do you ensure that you have a healthy work-life balance in your career?
  26. What is one thing that really tests your patience when dealing with your coworkers?
  27. What methods do you use to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in tech?
  28. If you were asked to review a colleague's code that they had written, what key things would you look for?
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