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Q1. Tell me about yourself and why do you want to be a Solutions Architect?

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“I am a highly-focused, driven, and professional Solutions Architect who can bring the right level of technical expertise and business acumen to your organization. I have many years’ experience working in teams where complex-solutions need to be found in order to help the organization not only overcome difficult problems but also enable them to grow within their industry and maintain market share. I want to be a Solutions Architect simply because I have a broad range of natural skills, qualities, and attributes that, coupled with my in-depth technical abilities, make me the perfect candidate for this role. I understand that, for your organization to continue to be successful, my work will have to be on point, consistently to exacting standards and also solution-focused. If you hire me as your Solutions Architect, I feel confident you will see a positive return on your investment quickly and also sustained over a prolonged period of time.”

Q2. Why do you want to work for our organization as a Solutions Architect?

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“Any organization that hires a Solutions Architect is clearly ambitious, committed to high standards and also focused on their core asset, the customer. Having conducted lots of research into your organization prior to applying for this Solutions Architect role, it is clear you have ambitious plans for the future, you want to act quickly, and you also want to maintain your impressive market share within the industry. I am an ambitious person who gets the most job satisfaction from projects that require in-depth technical analysis, problem-solving capabilities, and also the ability to respond quickly to changing requirements and specifications. I believe I will be a good fit for your team and, providing, of course, you are happy with my work, which I believe you will be, I would like to stay working here for a long period of time.”

Q3. What skills and qualities are needed to be a Solutions Architect?
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Q4. Can you give me an example of a situation where you insisted on the highest standards?
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Q5. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q6. What is Layer 2?
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Q7. What is the difference between unicast and multicast streams?
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Q8. Talk me through your last project as a Solutions Architect and what you would have done differently looking back?
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Q9. Explain a time you overcame conflict in the workplace?
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Q10. Talk me through the most challenging project you have worked on and why it was so difficult?
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Q11. What is the difference between an IPSec and an SSL VPN?
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Q12. As our Solutions Architect, what type of personality will you bring to the team?
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Q13. You are attending a meeting as a Solutions Architect with a number of non-technical company Directors. How would you present a proposed complex and technical solution to them, so they understand?
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Q14. Name five Linux commands that have five or more letters?
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Q15. Describe a time when you worked as part of a team to complete a difficult project or task?
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Q16. What is the purpose of a Data Lake?
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Q17. As our Solutions Architect, you will be faced with problems to solve on a regular basis. Talk me through the basic steps of problem-solving you will follow in your work?
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Q18. What is difference between asymmetric and symmetric encryption?
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Q19. What is Active Directory and how does it work?
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Q20. What is a LAMP stack?
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Q21. Describe a time when you failed at work?
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Q22. What is the difference between primary key and unique key?
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Q23. Why do you want to leave your current job?
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Q24. What are your salary expectations in this Solutions Architect role?
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Q25. That’s the end of your Solutions Architect interview, do you have any questions for the panel?
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Solutions Architect Job Description


A Solutions Architect is usually hired by large corporations such as Amazon to help them design specific web-based or server applications and services. The Solutions Architect will normally work as part of a development team and they will require a strong balance of technical, team-working and commercial awareness skills and qualities. Within some organizations, the Solutions Architect will work alongside an Enterprise Architect and they will collaborate to establish the most effective strategic path needed to ensure the business meets its goals and objectives.

The most important skills needed as a Solutions Architect are as follows:

  • Technical capabilities and competence within their role;
  • An understanding of SQL Database technology and processes;
  • Business and commercial awareness skills;
  • The ability to interpret often complex technical information;
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Analytical and problem-solving capabilities;
  • An understanding of business processes and how their work fits into the bigger picture and strategic vison of the company.
  • An understanding of how technology can help the business solve a complex problem;
  • In-depth knowledge or frameworks, platforms and technical stacks and be able to determine which should be used for the applied solution;
  • How to scale technology and web-based applications as the business grows;
  • Outstanding problem solving capabilities and strategic vision.

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TIP #1 – It is absolutely vital you prepare for a mixture of motivational and behavioral questions in the build-up to your Solutions Architect interview. Behavioral interview questions assess what you would do as a Solutions Architect in given situations. Make sure you think of situations when you have previously dealt with conflict at work, worked as part of a team, responded positively to failure, and also solved complex technical issues successfully.

TIP #2 – You will need a range of different skills to pass the Solutions Architect interview. These include general teamworking, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills, in addition to being commercial aware and also being able to explain complex problems and suggested solutions using simple, easy-to-understand language.

TIP #3 – If you have a Solutions Architect interview coming up with Amazon, we strongly recommend you also prepare answers to interview questions that are based on their 14 Leadership Principles. We guarantee you will be asked questions about when you have previously demonstrated the important Amazon leadership principles in work-related situations.

TIP #4 – Over the last few months, we have conducted extensive research to find the most common Solutions Architect interview questions being asked by the majority of large organizations. To help you prepare for your Solutions Architect interview, we have listed all of the questions we suggest you prepare answers to on this page. Make sure you read them and get your answers ready!

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