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Sirius Computer Solutions Interview

25 Questions and Answers by Tom Dushaj

Published March 26th, 2019 | Tom Dushaj is a business and technology executive and an accomplished author of the book "Resumes That Work".
Question 1 of 25
What is your approach to strategic business planning and design, and what tools do you use to manage the planning and design process for a client?
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How to Answer
Leaders from companies make many decision every day, business and strategic planning decisions focus on where to improve people, processes, and products to achieve the most optimal outcome for the organization.

As a business consultant for Sirius Computer Solutions, you want to be able to show value for your service to the client. This can be done in a number of ways. There are two separate parts; the service, and the tools and technologies that you might use. The service is the consulting piece that you will be providing to the end client (your employers client). This includes advising, recommending changes, implementation of new technologies, execution, and maintenance of the new solution. The tools part is a little tricky because it could be a combination of software, and processes. If its software, you need to consider a few things. What is the make-up of their technology environment? Are they a Microsoft shop, an Oracle shop, or maybe a mainframe shop? Before you can recommend or implement anything from the tools and technologies side, these are things you definitely need to know. If it's a Microsoft environment for example, you'll have a plethora of software tools you can use to manage the project. A common toolset from Microsoft's ecosystem includes tools like Microsoft Project, Power BI, SharePoint, Dynamics ERP, and CRM, etc. All of which can manage an entire project.

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Question 2 of 25
What is your background in Information Technology, and your ability to perform technology architecture, business strategy design and modeling for our clients?
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Whenever you have an interviewer asking to qualify your credentials, experience, background and skill set, you'll need to take a step back and listen carefully to what specifically they are asking you so that you can answer their question to their satisfaction.

Since companies already struggle with IT infrastructure and architecture issues as it is, it makes it harder if they bring in a candidate that isn't qualified to do the work. It's no surprise that IT companies go through a detailed qualification process to make sure they have the right person or the right team onsite that will deliver as promised. Even if a candidate comes from a large consulting firm, it doesn't guarantee that they will be the best fit for the project. That's why there needs to be a skills assessment of team members that are proposed for that client before they kick-off a meeting.

Question 3 of 25
There are times when you need to consider a broad range of options before recommending a solution. What was the situation, and did the solution help the client?
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When you're in a position of trust with a client, they lean heavily on you for advice, guidance, and direction. This is a great opportunity for you to explore multiple options that will yield a desirable result for the client. The client will expect you to present options that not only fit within their budget, but meet their business requirements. Some examples might be one or more of the following; Sales Pipeline Development, Product Order Status, Invoicing, Production, Accounts Payables/ Receivables, Project Management, etc. The solution could be a software or hardware solution. Thinking outside the box will give you an advantage. Start with a high level business requirements approach from a strategic level, and drill down to operational and tactical levels if you really want to understand where the customer is coming from, and where they want to be in the future.

Question 4 of 25
Great communication skills are critical when working as an IT Consultant. Walk me through a time when you were successful in communicating with a person that was difficult to work with, and under difficult circumstances?
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Throughout corporate America, you'll find your garden variety of different personalities from strategic thinkers, passive aggressive profiles, and of course your ego maniacs. Dealing with difficult people is an art. There's a few ways you can learn to adapt to an environment, culture and difficult circumstances without compromising the success of the project. First, start with the common issues that a difficult person will present to you. He/she will likely try to take credit for the work you completed, or blame you for missing their deadlines. An easy way to handle this is to explain that even though they blamed you, you have no ill will towards them, and actually offered to help with their project so they could get caught up. Another approach is to summarize the issue, then explain that you communicated with the other person and spent time with them to solve the problem.

Question 5 of 25
What do you think is the most important information security concern with most organizations right now?
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One of the biggest concerns a company might have is securing their networks and systems to prevent a cyber attack. Given the increased level of security threats over the past five years, companies have made the protection of their data a very high priority. As this continues to become an area of importance for most companies, hiring managers will spend more time qualifying and interviewing candidates that share the same common goals and responsibility of protecting their IT security organization.

This question helps the hiring manager identify the level of importance this question has to you, and if you share the same values and sentiment that the company possesses. More than likely the hiring manger will want to know what you think those concerns are, and where you place them on a list of priorities. You may want to start with some of the most important concerns that matter to you, then talk about what IT security concerns they may have, or their clients, and what's important in their eyes. Once you have an idea of where their thinking is, you can discuss the areas that you are responsible for overseeing in your current role.

Question 6 of 25
How do you assess a clients' current technology systems and solutions?
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Walk the interviewer through your process when it comes to discovering, and correctly assessing, the tech systems in place, when you take on a new client. Show that you have a process in place, are methodical, and use logic when making assessments.

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Tom Dushaj
Tom Dushaj is a business and technology executive and an accomplished author of the book "Resumes That Work". Tom has vast experience providing solutions to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of Information Technology Consulting, ERP Software, Personnel Management and International Business Operations. His work experience includes Personnel Administration, Recruiting, Interviewing, Project Management, Career Counseling, as well as Manufacturing and Quality Assurance Consulting. You can find Mr. Dushaj's full profile at
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.
William Swansen
William Swansen is an Author, Job Search Strategist and Career Advisor who assists individuals from all over the world and in a variety of professions in finding their ideal career position. His Services include: • Resume Writing • Cover Letter Writing • Updating your LinkedIn profile and teaching you how to make it work for you • Identifying Employers, including Hiring Managers and their Contact Information • Interview Preparation, Practice and Follow Up • Job Search Coaching
Kelly Burlison
Kelly Burlison, MPH, is an experienced professional with over ten years of experience interviewing in the health care field, half of which are focused on an IT subindustry of health care. As an administrator in a managed care organization, Kelly has successfully interviewed and hired many clinical and support staff positions. Through her IT experience in the health care field, which includes roles in telemedicine, registry operations, quality measurement, and business process management, Kelly has been involved in the interview process for many different positions, from entry-level to executive.
Published: 03/26/2019

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