Saturday, October 23, 2010

30 Technical Interview questions for IT Recruiters (Job Seeker )

If you are looking out for a job change below are the possible questions that you might face. If you have intended to steer your career in IT Technical recruitment, I suggest you to read this blog for your use. In the last couple of weeks , I had an opportunity to interview as many as 20 IT technical recruiters for my organization. I sit with a mindset to ask questions what they know rather than what I know. I start asking general questions and take them to the Technical part. First with what ever the candidates have mentioned in their profile. Once, I was surprised to see the list of Technical Jargons in the resume and it sounded me as if I am screening a Software Developer Resume. I called the candidate for a F2F meeting only to find that the he is a Technial Recruiter and he has worked in the mentioned skills to source profiles. Now this triggered lot of questions in my mind and I started asking him questions related to Technology. I did not go to the extent of asking him to code but the questions were very much related to use of Technology , where it fits in the software domain and what does it do ?  Thats all . But the Interviwee had a different meaning for his profession. He was very confident of his profession without knowing the use of the Technology Jargon or without knowing where does the software technology fits into in the whole life cycle of SDLC. Let me try to compile the questions that is of some common interests. Its just a knowledge sharing blog.
General Technical questions
Q1. What is an operating system ? Where is this used ? Name some operating systems that you have come across? 
Q2. What are the components of an OS ? Name at least 3 components
Q3 . What is GUI stands for ?
Q4. Do you understand the difference between Platform and Framework ? Is it different or same ?
Q5. Give me some examples of IT Software Products .
Q6. Do you understand the different between IT services and IT Product based companies ? Name few companies in these categories. 
Q7. Why Customers prefer to develop their applications using Java or Dot net frame work . Give your answers with Business / commercial perspective.
Q8. What do you understand by Embedded systems ? Do you use any of these in your day to day life.
Q9. Have you ever worked on Testing Requirement ? If yes, what are the types of Testing Tools that you know. 
Q10. Your thoughts on Data warehousing - what it is ? Name some tools associated with DW.
Q11. What does ERP stands for and what does it do in an Enterprise. 
Q12. What is Open Source Technology  ? Your understanding about this .
Q13. Do you understand Real Time Operating System ? Give Some examples. Which are all the companies in this domain?
Q14.What is 3 Tier architecture's concept? 
Q15. Your understanding about GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, VOIP, in Telecom domain ?
Q16. What is the expansion of SDLC ? 2 lines about SDLC
Q17. Do you understand the role of Business Analyst , Technical Architect, System Architect, Data Architect, Database Administrator, Product Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager in an IT company? 
Q18. If you have ever done SAP hiring, can you name the Modules that you have worked ? 
Q19. What is the expansion of ABAP , Where is this used ? 
Q20.What are the certification courses available in the field of Networking ? 
Q21. Are you aware of PMP ? Who is the certifying authority ? 
Q22. Is there any certifications for Product Managers ? 
Q23. What is the expansion of CRM? Give some examples of CRM Product .
Q24. What is SCM ? Example of SCM software 
Q25. Can you tell me recent Mergers and Acquisition that happened in IT industry ?
Q26. Do you have Linkedin contacts ? With how many are you connected ? 
Q27. Have you heard of the term Web 2.0 ? 
Q28. What is Cloud Computing ? Is it a Product or Service ? Who are all the major players ?
Q29. Have you heard of SOA and SOAP ? 
Q30. Name the Banking product developed by Infosys & I-flex respectively.

.................... More questions to come : )


The Executive Search - What it is ?

The one business that is booming in India silently is the Executive Search . When CXOs want to move from one company to another or if new business ventures look out for CXOs for their company, Search firms are in action. The labour market in India is growing at a greater pace and this gives an opportunity for Search Firms to make good amount of money.The positions are generally not advertised and are closed by engaging Search Firms. Big players usually with their reputation and delivery capability take up these assignments. It's altogether a different ball game.
What is Executive Search ?
Executive search (informally headhunting) is the process of recruiting key talents to fill executive positions in organizations. Executive search may be performed by an organization's board of directors, by executives in the organization, or by an outside executive search organization.
Why to Engage an Executive Search firm ?
Hiring an Executive in CXO level is always challenging .There is an objectivity in the entire process which is seldom biased.Executive Search firms bridge the gap between the employer and the aspiring candidate
Executive search firms have good Network and reach which helps to work on the mandate They Maintain the highest level of confidentiality Have in depth market knowledge and can work at greater speed to successfully close the position Professional advisors for any complicated hiring issues Many new ventures don’t have brand value to project. Executive Search firms help to bridge this gap.
Outcome : Executive search Firms when engaged make the search easier and faster.
A Recruiter's natural career path takes him to be part of this Executive search Market.
The Search Process


Saturday, September 25, 2010

40 Questions that you can ask while interviewing Product Managers

The below questions are compiled and adapted from
  1. Why did you decide to move from engineering to product management?
  2. What is the biggest advantage of having a technical background?
  3. What is the biggest disadvantage?
  4. What was the biggest lesson you learned when you moved from engineering to product management?
  5. What do you wish you'd known when you were an engineer?
  6. How do you earn the respect of the engineering team?
  7. Tell me about a great product you've encountered recently. Why do you like it? [By the way, it drives me crazy when candidates name one of my products in an interview. I had a hard time hiring anybody at Yahoo! who told me the coolest product they'd come across recently was Yahoo! Good grief.]
  8. What's made [insert product here] successful? [I usually pick a popular product, like the iPod or eBay, that's won over consumers handily in a crowded market.]
  9. What do you dislike about my product? How would you improve it?
  10. What problems are we going to encounter in a year? Two years? Ten years?
  11. How do you know a product is well designed?
  12. What's one of the best ideas you've ever had?
  13. What is one of the worst?
  14. How do you know when to cut corners to get a product out the door?
  15. What lessons have you learned about user interface design?
  16. How do you decide what not to build?
  17. What was your biggest product mistake?
  18. What aspects of product management do you find the least interesting and why?
  19. Do you consider yourself creative?
  20. Is consensus always a good thing?
  21. What's the difference between management and leadership?
  22. What kinds of people do you like to work with?
  23. What types of people have you found it difficult to work with?
  24. Tell me about a time when a team didn't gel. Why do you think that happened, and what have you learned?
  25. How do you get a team to commit to a schedule?
  26. What would somebody do to lose your confidence?
  27. Do you manage people from different functions differently? If so, how?
  28. What have you learned about saying no?
  29. Who has the ultimate accountability for shipping a product?
  30. Have you ever been in a situation where your team has let you down and you've had to take the blame?
  31. How has your tolerance for mistakes changed over the years?
  32. Which do you like first, the good news or the bad news?
  33. What's your approach to hiring?
  34. How have you learned to work with sales?
  35. What is the best way to interface with customers?
  36. What makes marketing tick?
  37. How do you know when design is on the right track?
  38. How should a product manager support business development?
  39. What have you learned about managing up?
  40. What's the best way to work with the executives?