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04: As a Java developer, can you think of a time where you ……?

It really pays to jog your memory prior to job interviews to ace the open-ended questions like……As a Java developer, can you think of a time where you…….? Q1. Can you think of a time where you accomplished QuickWins for your company? A1. The focus is to improve the overall…

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07: 20+ Pre interview refresher on tools

Experienced developers know what tools to use to get the job done. I often forget code quality tool names like Sonar, FindBugs, Crucible, etc, penetration testing tools like Skipfish, and ETL tools like Datastage to name a few. So, it is worth refreshing your memory prior to job interviews. Eclipse/IntelliJ/NetBeans:…

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10+ Know your industry Q&As

Insights into what your prospective employers are looking for. What skills are required for you to go places? Do you know your industry well enough to impress your prospective employers?

Prospective employers will be judging you on 4 key aspects

1) Do you have the right technical “know how”? Can you not only develop solutions to the functional specifications, but also can you build robust solutions by asking the right questions relating to non-functional requirements. For example,

Is this information sensitive enough to require encryption? Will my stakeholder be happy with the response time of 2 seconds? Is there a potential race condition here? Should these transactions execute atomically? Will my solution scale if the number of concurrent users are doubled?

2) Will you be interested in the company, project, role and the technologies used? What are your short and long term objectives? What are you expecting in your next role? What motivates you?

3) Will you fit in with the team? Do you get easily annoyed? Do you handle criticisms well? Will you be interested in learning a new language, framework or tool? What is your view on TDD, BDD, continuous integration, etc? What is your take on agile development practices?

4) Do you have the right skills and the attitude to get the job done? Do you get frustrated when the requirements are not clear or take the initiative to get them clarified?… Read more ...

15 Ice breaker interview Q&As asked 90% of the time

Most interviews start with these 15 open-ended questions. These are ice breaker interview questions with no right or wrong answers to ease nervousness, but the quality of the answers can make a good first impression. Your answer can reveal a lot about your experience & industry knowledge. Even though the answers provided here are Java focussed, the questions are generic.

Q01. Tell us about yourself?
A01. Let’s start with a video & then list down the key points to remember.

[Hint: Focus on your strengths and marry up your strengths with the job specification. For example,

5 year hands on experience in building web based applications to integrating disparate systems using micro services, messaging, and XML/JSON/Protobuff data formats.

Completed 3 projects through full SDLC process using sought-after technologies X, Y, and Z, and frameworks P and Q in 2 of those projects. One of the projects was a mission critical transactional system that handles 300 concurrent users

— Designed & developed 40+ micro services using Springboot & Kafka at XYZ Bank.

— Initiation of any “QuickWins” projects. The focus is to improve the overall effectiveness and usefulness of a system through small changes in a collaborative effort with the business. For example, automating tedious manual tasks, improving website user experience & independent rankings, stabilising the environment, etc.

Fixed security holes. Security is of paramount importance to any application or website.… Read more ...


8 real life Java scenarios with Situation-Action-Result (i.e. SAR) technique

The SAR (Situation-Action-Result) technique is very useful to tackle open-ended questions like: 1. What were some of the challenges you had encountered, and how did you go about fixing them? 2. What are some of your achievements that you are most proud of? 3. Why do you like software engineering?…

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