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To help you prepare for an iCIMS job interview, here are 28 interview questions and answer examples.

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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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iCIMS 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.

Written by Ryan Brunner on January 14th, 2020

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28 iCIMS Interview Questions & Answers

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

      How to Answer

      iCIMS 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.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on January 14th, 2020

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on January 14th, 2020

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

  • 2. 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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      For this question, your interviewer will obviously be looking to hear that you have adequate knowledge when it comes to coding processes. But most importantly, your interviewer will be looking to gauge your ability to be a team player and focus on the bigger picture when working on a project. In your answer, focus on your attention to detail and your ability to help others when needed.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on January 14th, 2020

      1st Answer Example

      "As an experienced software engineer, I fully expect my colleagues to reach out to me for my insight and I never hesitate to provide open and honest feedback. When asked to do this, my main focus is ensuring that the code is readable and functional. If there are lines of code that need to be removed, I don't hesitate to let my colleague know that while also giving them feedback on why I feel it is unnecessary."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "When I'm asked to do this in my current position, my main focus is on regulatory requirements that were put in place for the project and security issues. I work with a team of great engineers that are very efficient coders and these two areas are most often overlooked."

  • 3. In your mind, when is monkey testing the most effective in testing new software?

      How to Answer

      By utilizing random inputs to check the behavior of a program, monkey testing has its time and place in the software testing process. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you have an understanding of the theory behind monkey testing and how you would look to put it to work at iCIMS to test their products.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In my experience, monkey testing has been very effective in load testing and stress testing new software as standard testing methods couldn't do this without a lot of extra work. Because of the adhoc approach to the testing, load and stress on the software was most highly gauged through monkey testing."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Because monkey testing is able to find unique bugs that standard testing won't find, I've found it to be very effective for testing new pilot software programs that are reaching new bounds. At my current job, I helped design a brilliant monkey testing process that utilized user behavior to look for certain probabilities of bugs within our systems that we were designing."

  • 4. If hired here at iCIMS and tasked with helping design a UI for a new mobile app, what important factors would you consider in that design?

      How to Answer

      With consumer mobility being at an all-time high and only increasing year after year, just about every industry has entered the mobile app game and life at iCIMS is no different. For this question, it is important to have a good understanding of the different mobile UI designs and your job for this question will be tying the business needs of iCIMS into an effective mobile app. In your answer, talk about what you know about the business needs of iCIMS and then explain to your interviewer how you would build those into a great mobile app for their future.

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  • 5. If you were confronted with a time where you wouldn't be able to meet a deadline here at iCIMS, 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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  • 6. 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?

      How to Answer

      In the technology, software and mobile app fields today, accessibility is a huge topic. As a designer with iCIMS, 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 iCIMS 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.

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  • 7. As a consultant with iCIMS, 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?

      How to Answer

      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 iCIMS, 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.

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  • 8. Do you have experience working with data in a cloud computing environment?

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      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 iCIMS, 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 iCIMS.

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  • 9. What SDLC models are you familiar in working with?

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      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 iCIMS by asking your interviewer which model they work off of.

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  • 10. 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?

      How to Answer

      While using this question as a key indicator on how you'll fit with the team and the organization at iCIMS, it will be very important for you to research as much as you can on the work environment at iCIMS so you can match your priorities to that environment. If you have the opportunity to speak with an employee at iCIMS 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.

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  • 11. Do you have experience working with different CASE tools? If so, what do you have experience with?

      How to Answer

      The world of software engineering has greatly benefited from advancements in computer aided software engineering tools. Because iCIMS 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.

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  • 12. Our implementation consultants here at iCIMS often face conflicts with our customers while onsite during implementations. What interpersonal skills do you use to handle conflicts with clients?

      How to Answer

      In the software implementation process for large customers of iCIMS, you will be working with top level managers and key decision makers onsite and more often than not, issues can arise. In your role as the implementation consultant, these issues come directly to you and your interviewer will be looking to hear how you will handle these issues to maintain both a great relationship with the customer and honor to the iCIMS. In your answer, focus on finding solutions to issues that benefit both parties and talk about the important communication skills that you possess that will make this possible in any situation that you may face.

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  • 13. What programming languages would you consider yourself fluent in?

      How to Answer

      While this question gives your interviewer insight into the diversity of your programming language experience, they most importantly want to know that you are adaptable and able to learn on the fly if needed. Talk about the different languages that you consider yourself fluent in and, if possible, do as much research into iCIMS as you can prior to your interview and try to speak to the specific languages that they work with.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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

      How to Answer

      With technology constantly changing, employers want to know that they are hiring people who are committed to learning and growing. Be sure to explain to your prospective employer how you stay up-to-date and how you're committed to growing your knowledge as your industry grows. They want to know that they're investing in someone who is also investing in themselves.

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

      How to Answer

      As a company that utilizes Java, iCIMS 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.

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  • 17. 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?

      How to Answer

      As your role with iCIMS 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.

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

      How to Answer

      Before your interview, do some research to understand what tech stack iCIMS 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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  • 19. iCIMS embraces an Agile environment. Explain your experience in Agile methodologies and why you think it is important.

      How to Answer

      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.

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

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      Being in the midst of the greatest technological revolution in the history of man, data engineers face many difficult issues in the work that they perform on a daily basis. While there are many directions that you can go with this question, be sure to focus your answer on something that you can speak passionately about. If you can research a common issue in the industry that iCIMS works in, you may likely score some bonus points with your interviewer.

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  • 21. What is one thing that really tests your patience when dealing with your coworkers?

      How to Answer

      While on the surface this question may seem like your interviewer is trying to get you to talk negatively about a situation, it is really more of a test to see what can potentially drive you crazy on the job in a team atmosphere and how you handle those situations. In your answer, be honest about your pet peeves when it comes to coworkers and do so in a positive light. Then, expand on your answer by talking about how you handle those situations.

      "As a person that values diversity and differences of opinion in the workplace, there aren't many things that grind my personal gears when it comes to my colleagues. The only real true test of my patience is a coworker that doesn't pull their weight in a team effort. When I've been in this situation in the past, I first seek to learn if the issue is a lack of training or knowledge. If it is, I take the necessary steps to help my colleague get on track. But if I find that it is due to a lack of effort, I talk to the person immediately in a professional manner. The sum is only as good as the effort of all of its parts and a team efforts requires everyone's maximum effort."

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

      How to Answer

      Innovation in software has occurred in many phases over the last 20 years and iCIMS 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 iCIMS.

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

      How to Answer

      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 iCIMS. Prior to your interview, be sure you research and are family with the products that iCIMS puts out.

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  • 24. If hired for this position here at iCIMS, would you be comfortable handling overall project manager responsibilities for new software development?

      How to Answer

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

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

      How to Answer

      Depending on your training and your past roles prior to interviewing at iCIMS, you may be familiar with one or two of the many trains of though regarding the steps of a data validation. Whatever formal process you are familiar with, be sure to check the boxes of discussing data screening and data verification as part of your process. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you check those boxes as they are imperative in the software field.

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  • 26. 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 iCIMS?

      How to Answer

      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 iCIMS 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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  • 27. What unique values can you bring to iCIMS in your user experience design skills?

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      While your interviewer has shown confidence in your technical abilities to succeed at iCIMS 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.

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

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      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 iCIMS.

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