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Leiter Embedded Software Engineering was asked...1 March 2016

What is a binary semaphore? What is its use?

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A binary semaphore is one, which takes only 0 and 1 as values. They are used to implement mutual exclusion and synchronize concurrent processes. Less

New Relic

Questions ranged from leadership style, software design, people management, situational scenarios, self-awareness, and deep dives into your accomplishments and how you achieved it.

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Dependent on your specific experiences

New Relic

Why do you want to work at New Relic?

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The corporate values, current growth and commitment to D, E&I, and transparency in salary and titles were all attractive features. Less


What systems have you Architected, and explain their design?

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That was difficult as the interview was for a leadership position and past Architected Systems was so vast and distant it seemed outside of the posted position and more or a technical aimed requirement. Architecture is for developers and architects, not directors of teams. Less


How much compensation do you require?

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Tell me how you would handle X or Y situation and what did you learn from it?

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I gave an example of a situation I had to deal with at my previous company and the hiring manager and I elaborated further and he shared his experience with me. Less

EFJohnson Technologies

Do you think you can do this job

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Yes I can

Risk Management Solutions

Describe the project you worked on and what was your role? How would you design a converter from EDM to RDO format differently?

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Design a distributed system. Review a design of RDO converter tool.


Given our current architecture, what would you do to improve scalability and throughput?

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Consolidate the various APIs into one, use SOA and microservices to scale where/when needed. Less


Management questions focused on past experience handling, planning, & prioritizing work, encouraging staff, and coaching. We discussed major overhauls of systems into new systems. And also, how to grow a current feature into its next phase. Also, how to plan that out.

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I discussed past projects that show experience doing what was being asked. I explained the people involved to make it all happen. And discussed negotiating resources to deliver work. Less

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