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Interview Qs for DevOps Pros

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As more companies tear down the silos that separate software development and IT operations, market demand for DevOps skills is on the rise. Experience with Puppet, the popular open source DevOps tool, tops many hiring managers’ wish lists. Check out the latest DevOps jobs.  Joe Sanchez, an IT operations manager for Grand Canyon University, is one of those hiring managers, and he wants more than technical skills when hiring for his DevOps team: “I look for creative, free-thinking people who… continue…

Interview Qs for TOGAF Enterprise Architects

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Enterprise architects with TOGAF experience are in high demand. In fact, The Open Group Enterprise Architecture Framework (TOGAF) was recently named the highest-paid skill in a quarterly survey compiled by IT analyst firm Foote Partners. While a TOGAF certification can help an EA land an interview, it doesn’t guarantee an offer. Hiring managers often ask situational or behavioral questions to see how an EA will apply the popular framework and standards during an interview, according to Dr. Bill Estrem, founder… continue…

Interview Qs for Ubuntu Developers

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It’s a good time for developers to learn Ubuntu. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, recently announced plans to turn Ubuntu Core into an operating system for the Internet of Things. Canonical has also built a mobile-friendly version of Ubuntu that Spanish manufacturer BQ Aquaris installed on a smartphone earlier this year. Check out the latest Ubuntu-related jobs. So what do hiring managers want out of a candidate skilled in all things Ubuntu? Jono Bacon, the senior director of community… continue…

Top Interview Qs for Salesforce Developers

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It’s a healthy job market out there for Salesforce developers (Dice currently lists over 900 open positions across the United States). According to Payscale, starting salaries start in the low $50,000 range, and a developer with the right experience could potentially make upwards of $140,000. But if you’re newly certified, or don’t have a wealth of experience, how should you prepare for a job interview? For Salesforce-related jobs, click here. Dice asked several Salesforce developers to get a handle on… continue…

Interview Qs for MySQL DBAs and Developers

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The popularity of the MySQL open-source database platform is on the rise. But professionals who fail to convey a solid understanding of database structures and concepts during an interview may limit their appeal to employers, according to Alex Alexander, CEO of San Francisco-based SpringbokSQL, which builds specialty database appliances. “Someone can always learn another RDBMS as long as they understand the basic working structure of a relational model,” he said. “And myopic professionals tend to overlook a database that could… continue…

Interview Qs for Perl Developers

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Although not as popular as it once was, Perl still enjoys a loyal following. The open-source programming language was not only named the ninth most popular coding language of 2014 by CodeEval, it continues to garner support from users through grassroots organizations such as PerlMonks and Perl Mongers. To find Perl-related jobs, click here. “Perl has many advantages as a general-purpose scripting language,” said Bruce Gray, a consultant with Gray & Associates and member of the Atlanta Perl Mongers. “Experienced… continue…

Interview Qs for PHP Developers

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Resolving stakeholder issues can turn an average PHP coder into an expert developer, according to Dallas-based Web developer and PHP aficionado Chris Cornutt. And he should know, as he’s worked with the open-source language (as well as the users who rely on it) for over 13 years. “Nine-to-five coders only see a piece of the puzzle,” Cornutt said in an interview. “When you delve a little deeper to solve a user’s problem, you not only gain an in depth understanding… continue…

Interview Qs for Systems Analysts

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Systems analysts assess and optimize existing IT systems, including networking processes and infrastructure. Their primary goal is to understand the needs of business units across the enterprise and deliver improvements in efficiency and productivity. Since systems analysts impact the bottom line, validating your accomplishments with facts and figures is a great way to set yourself apart during an interview, said Matt Kalush, an IT recruiter who works in Austin, Texas for Frontline Source Group, Inc. “Companies want systems analysts who… continue…

Interview Qs for SQL Developers

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Kimberly Tripp spends a lot of time fixing poorly architected databases. As a result, she’s learned to appreciate developers who know how to customize the appearance and behavior of SQL to meet each client’s needs. “Every environment is different,” said Tripp, president and founder of Bellevue, Washington-based training and consulting firm SQLskills. “Although there are some best practices like never turn on auto shrink, rock-star developers know there are multiple ways to design and create an SQL database.” Click here… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Data Analysts

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Ever considered a job as a data analyst? According to CNBC, it’s the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data analysts decipher business problems, create algorithms, and turn terabytes of structured and unstructured data into valuable intelligence that businesses can understand and use. “Imagine all the comments companies receive from social media and emails,” said Brandon Purcell, data science team lead at Beyond the Arc, a customer experience consulting and advanced analytics firm based in Berkeley, Calif. “A data analyst… continue…