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Interview Qs for Python Newcomers

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Although Python’s popularity continues to soar, recent trainees and junior developers usually need more than a cursory understanding of the language to land their first job. “Managers are looking for people who have thought critically about their tools, instead of accepting them blindly just because they are in style,” said Mark Lutz, a Florida-based trainer and author of several books on Python. Click here to find Python-programming jobs. Answering the “how” questions is always important during an interview, Lutz explained,… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Scala Developers

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As Scala slowly goes mainstream, demand for programmers familiar with the language is rising. Though it ranked 39th in August’s TIOBE Programming Community Index, enthusiasts predict it will become a leading technology in the enterprise by 2018. Click here to find Scala jobs. If you’re interviewing for a Scala developer’s job, how should you prepare? Jamie Allen, director of global services for San Francisco-based Typesafe, initially probes candidates for their general understanding of the language, then explores their specific expertise in… continue…

3 Interview Qs About the Waterfall Development Model

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Sometimes an old-fashioned approach is the most effective. Take the Waterfall model, for instance. Although the process of sequential software development has been around since 1970, it’s more effective than newcomer Agile… under the right circumstances. “Waterfall is still a sound methodology,” said Dennis Kayser, CEO of Forecast.it, a project solutions firm based in Copenhagen. “PMs really need to know several methodologies and when to use them, because Waterfall might produce better results depending on the nature of the project.”… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Scrum Masters

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The Scrum master’s job is to put a framework on the software development process. If you’re implementing Scrum, you’ll need organizational and management skills, since you’ll work with the product owner on the product’s requirements and development. You’ll also work with the development team to make sure it’s adhering to Scrum practices. Being a Scrum master takes serious people skills, says Jonathan Silva, customer success manager at Axosoft, a Scottsdale, Ariz., software company. “The entire time, you have to foster… continue…

4 Interview Qs for Network Penetration Testers

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Network penetration testers hack into an organization’s systems to uncover security vulnerabilities. Not surprisingly, they need a strong sense of curiosity, says Charles Tendell, founder and CEO of Denver-based Azorian Cyber Security, a professional penetration testing company. In the wake of high profile breaches at the likes of Target and IBM, demand for penetration testers is up, Tendell says. Large companies are adding resources in-house, even as smaller specialty firms crop up. If you’re looking to interview with one, expect a… continue…

6 Interview Questions for Technical Trainers

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The demand for technical trainers is soaring as companies channel more money into educational programs designed to close the skills gaps of employees. As job postings increase, technology professionals who’ve taught small groups or coached a few colleagues sometimes think about moonlighting as trainers. However, they’re often unaware of the challenges they’ll encounter in the classroom or virtual environment. “It’s not enough to know the subject matter,” notes Sarah Garwood, manager of education services for LearnQuest, a global training company… continue…

4 Interview Questions for DevOps Engineers

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Whether it’s coding and scripting, process re-engineering or team building, DevOps engineers apply a variety of skills to bridging systems operations and development. Their goal is to create a stable infrastructure and, ultimately, get new code into production. “It’s also about understanding business priorities, strategies and metrics,” says Mitesh Mehta, business head of the Technology Competency unit for Collabera, a Morristown, N.J., technology staffing and services company. To do that, DevOps engineers need to keep abreast of modern software engineering… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Network Infrastructure Engineers

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As they become more complex and traffic volumes increase, networks take more than great technical skills to design and maintain. So, infrastructure engineers need a designer’s mindset and approach to problem-solving, believes Ethan Banks, senior network architect for Columbus, Ohio-based Carenection and co-founder of Packet Pushers Podcasts. “When I interview candidates, I’m looking for someone who will step outside their comfort zone, dig into problems and design creative solutions,” he says. Click here to find network infrastructure engineering jobs. Here… continue…

4 Interview Qs for Business Analysts in Product or Marketing

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The duties and requirements for business analysts vary from position to position. While some BAs support an entire organization or a particular function, others are tethered to a product or marketing manager and assist in the creation of deliverables for external customers. That can be a tricky role, says Laura Brandenburg, a former BA who trains and coaches prospective professionals for Colorado-based Bridging the Gap. “You may not have access to the external customers who are using your product or… continue…