The Recruiter’s Corner: #HRTech Screening Questions for #SWDevelopers


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#HRTech Vegas 2015 is quickly approaching and if you’ve ever wondered what these technical terms mean (Data Developer, ETLTools, Java Script, etc) and how to approach these in a recruiting phone screen or on the #HRTech Expo Hall…here are a few tips!

These tips are designed to help you capture some standard interview questions that can be used during interviews with candidates…and are organized by subject matter area. They’re open-ended questions intended to get the candidate talking about their experience and abilities.  If they can talk through the answers and provide details….that’s a great start and a good sign that they are up for the challenge.

Data Developer

Question: What type of ETL tools have you used?

Answer: Pentaho Data integration, Apache Storm, Jasper, CloverETL, Informatica, etc.   As long as there is an answer and NOT “Hmmm, what is ETL? Then you’re on the right track… (ETL: Extract, transform, load). 

Front End Developer

Question: Which frontend libraries or frameworks have you used and which one do you like best?

Answer: Could be any of jQuery, AngularJS, ExtJS, YUI, Ember, Dojo, Wijmo, KendoUI, Backbone, Knockout etc.  As long as the answer is NOT, “I just use pure Javascript” or “I just use JSF” or “I just use Struts”. 


Question: What do selectors in jQuery do?

Answer: Any answer close to:  “Allow you to manipulate the DOM (Document Object Model), select HTML elements on a webpage for manipulation, manipulate a web page for animation or insertion.

Java Middle/Backend Developer

Question: Do you have experience working with Spring?  If so, how has it changed over the years?

Answer: Configuration is with less XML, annotations instead.  NOT “nothing much has changed recently”.

*Note: the Spring Framework is a Java platform that provides comprehensive infrastructure support for developing Java applications. Spring handles the infrastructure so you can focus on your application.

Question: What do you think about Maven or Gradle?

Answer: As long as the answer is NOT “I just use local libraries and ANT”. 

Question: What are some of the challenging things about Hibernate? 

Answer: They can talk about lazy loading, HQL (Hibernate Query Language) being odd or performance issues.  NOT having any experience at all with Hibernate or JPA (Java Persistence API) is an issue.

*Note:The Java Persistence API (JPA) is a Java application programming interface specification that describes the management of relational data in applications using Java Platform, Standard Edition and Java Platform, Enterprise


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