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Technical Round

Companies who are successful with this approach ensure that each job interview serves a clearly defined and distinct purpose.

The first job interview, lasting about 45 minutes is often the 'general' interview, in which common job interview questions are put to applicants. Those unsuitable after this 'first pass' will not be invited back.

The second interview and subsequent ones usually assess (in more detail) one or more of the following:
* Intellectual capacity (this often includes an interview and job aptitude tests)
* Personality or psychological profile
* Motivation
* Management ability

These are fairly typical of the types of job interview you may face and thankfully, you can prepare for most.

Technical interviews are mostly held by the tech leads, although project managers are part of the interview sometimes. When I mean technical, it could be for an SAP functional position, ABAP, Basis or other technical positions. Not all types of interviews have all of the following phases. For eg., a full time position or a contract-to-hire will involve more general questions, his/her project/achievement related questions activities etc while a contract position will involve more focussed questions on the module/specifics for which he is recruited for.1.

1. Warm Up
This is just immediately following the initial meet-and-greet and offers for coffee. You will be asked questions mostly on your project history. This phase is to just assess your areas of strength. Do not panic if you are asked questions that are much unrelated to what you might have done in the past or come out-of-the-blue in terms of technology. The interviewer is just doing an initial assessment on where your strengths are and how you might fit the requirements. Sometimes your resume might not be touched either just yet. You will be explained the project scenario, what their short term and long term goals are. Once again the idea is to let you know about the back ground and to prepare you in general on the spate of questions that are going to come your way. Most of the time the people interviewing you would be either a technical lead or the project manager or both. If you are interviewing with a consulting company, sometimes managers from the client side would be present as well. For non-native English speakers, talk slowly and clearly. The process of interview almost always leads to speeding up your words. This needs to be cautiously and consciously avoided.

* Come early to the interview site or to the conference call (if it is a telephonic interview). Try to follow the generic directions and smile a lot. Try to go to the rest room (interviews can last for an hour followed by another round with you sipping coffee/water in between ) required before the interview so that you can concentrate well in the interview without interruptions.
* Project your actual strengths
* Have a positive attitude and be very confident even if you are not 100% sure of the technicalities involved.
* Ask specific questions regarding the project/company that you are sure will project your knowledge in a positive light.
* Talk slowly and clearly

* After meeting your contact/interviewer outside, do not be on the phone with somebody else at any point before the actual interview has begun.
* Do not project fake skills in this phase and get into trouble. They might not need them.
* Do not try to steer the interviewer in the direction you want the interview to go just yet.
* Do not loose confidence even though you hear or are asked questions on terms that you might not have heard of.
* Do not get into an argument when asking questions or answering them. Just nod or say "I see" and smile when you find things that are wrong with the project being discussed.

Sample Questions
1. How do you rate yourself in XXX ( An area of an SAP module, sap SAP Pricing)?
2. Have you worked on XXX (An area of an SAP module) or YYY ( A specific business scenario, say data migration of live Purchase Orders )? 3. Give a brief about your experience? ( First and most asked question )

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