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Cracking the IT Architect Interview

By : Sameer Paradkar
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Cracking the IT Architect Interview

By: Sameer Paradkar

Overview of this book

An architect attends multiple interviews for jobs or projects during the course of his or her career. This book is an interview resource created for designers, consultants, technical, solution, domain, enterprise, and chief architects to help them perform well in interview discussions and launch a successful career. The book begins by providing descriptions of architecture skills and competencies that cover the 12 key domains, including 350+ questions relating to these domains. The goal of this book is to cover all the core architectural domains. From an architect’s perspective, it is impossible to revise or learn about all these key areas without a good reference guide – this book is the solution. It shares experiences, learning, insights, and proven methodologies that will benefit practitioners, SMEs, and aspirants in the long run. This book will help you tackle the NFR domain, which is a key aspect pertaining to architecting applications. It typically takes years to understand the core concepts, fundamentals, patterns, and principles related to architecture and designs. This book is a goldmine for the typical questions asked during an interview and will help prepare you for success!
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Chapter 1. Architect Roles and Growth Paths

A good architect is one who leads by example, and without a good understanding of the technology stack and business domain, an architect is not equipped to deliver the pre-requisite outcomes for the enterprise. The team members typically have deep-dive expertise in the specific technology areas but will lack confidence in the architect if he is not competent with in the domain or technology.

The architect is the bridge between the technology and the business team, and hence he/she must understand all aspects of the technology stack to be able to liaise with the business team. The architect must be conversant in the business domain in order to drive the team and all the stakeholders toward a common organizational goal. An architect might not be busy all the time, but he/she leverages decades of expertise to solve and monitor the organizational IT landscape, making quick decisions during various stages of the SDLC. The project manager handles the people management aspects, freeing the architect of the hassles of operational tasks.

An excellent architect is pretty much a hands-on person and should be able to mentor members of the design and implementation teams. He/she should be knowledgeable and competent to handle any complex situation.

An architect's success in interviews does not come easily. One has to spend hours prior to each interview, wading through various books and references for preparation. The motivation for this book was to consolidate all this information into a single reference guide that will save time prior to interviews and can be a ready reference for important topics that need to be revised before the interviews.