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What Cloud Hiring Managers Look For in Applicants

PLUS: Microsoft Unveils New AI Updates for Windows

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👨‍💼 What Cloud Hiring Managers Look For in Applicants

🗣️ Ace Your Interview Using the STAR Method

☁️ Online Cloud Events to Look Forward to

🤫 PLUS: Microsoft Unveils New AI Updates for Windows

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Hi friends, welcome back to Cloudbites

Today, I’ll be sharing some insights into preparing your behavioral interview responses for your upcoming Cloud interview. I’ll also share some opportunities to help you hone your Cloud skills, as well as Microsoft’s AI update for Windows.


👨‍💼 What Cloud Hiring Managers Look For in Applicants

If you’re interested in a Cloud career, you might already knew that landing a job requires more than just the theories of Cloud computing. 

Hiring managers typically seek applicants who can demonstrate a combination of Cloud expertise, critical thinking skills, and adaptability.

That being said, here are 3 features that you should highlight in your next interview responses:

#1 Experience with Cloud technologies

Working in Cloud, you should be able to show your proficiency in deploying, managing, and troubleshooting various Cloud-based solutions. 

Whether it's virtualization, networking, storage, or security, it’s important that you can show your familiarity with features of the Cloud and the best practices to apply them. 

If you’re unsure where to start, I’d recommend you watch one of my YouTube videos How to learn Cloud and ACTUALLY land a job to get a better picture of how to move forward

#2 Critical thinking skills

Not only the technical skills, hiring managers also value applicants who have great critical thinking skills.

This is because Cloud environments often present complex challenges. 

Being able to find the root problem and come up with innovative solutions not only demonstrates your competency, but also your creativity and adaptability.

#3 Willingness to learn and stay updated

In an industry that is continuously growing and evolving, being flexible and open are two of many important traits that managers seek in an applicant. 

It’s important to display your willingness to embrace new technologies, tools, and methodologies.  

Additionally, staying ahead and updated of industry trends will add value to your overall application.

Whether it's designing alternative ways to optimize processes or exploring new possibilities, a forward-thinking mindset is key.

🗣️ Ace Your Interview Using the STAR Method

Using the STAR (Situation. Task. Action. Result) method will help you articulate details in a chronological manner to maximize the hiring manager’s understanding of your potential.

1. S - Situation

Outline the situation or challenge that you were facing.

This is your chance to set the scene for the hiring manager by describing the context.

Provide specific details that you will elaborate further, such as the people you interacted with and other relevant background information.

2. T - Task

What was the goal, task, or problem that needed solving?

Explain the specific tasks or challenges you faced and how you approached them.

Make sure to discuss what was expected of you and what you achieved.

3. A - Action

Walk your employer through the specific actions you took to achieve the outcome

This is your chance to demonstrate your skills, knowledge, and decision-making process. 

Feel free to mention any uncertainties that you felt when planning out strategies, executing plans, and/or doing things that were outside of your responsibility.

4. R - Result

What did you achieve? What was the outcome of your actions? What would you do differently?

Don’t forget to emphasize on the positive outcome of your contribution.

This, however, does not mean that you should lie or sugarcoat your past experiences.

Even if you did fail or not achieve a desirable outcome, highlight the lessons you learned that will help you perform better in the future.

If you’d like to start crafting your interview responses, click the button below to access a response sample using the STAR method as a reference.

☁️ Online Cloud Events to Look Forward to

#1 Azure – Generative AI Fundamentals (May 27)

How Azure OpenAI Service helps you deliver results using text, code, image generation, natural language summarization, and semantic search.

Click here to register. 

#2 Azure – Fundamentals (May 28-29)

Develop an understanding of foundational Cloud concepts and expand your knowledge of Cloud models and service types.

Click here to access.

#3 Azure – Data Fundamentals (May 29-30)

Learn about Azure relational database services and Azure Storage for non-relational data, and discover the benefits of Azure Cosmos DB, a fast NoSQL database with open APIs for any scale.

Click here to register.


🤫 PLUS: Microsoft Unveils New AI Updates for Windows

At its recent event, Microsoft unveiled AI-enhanced Surface laptops called “Copilot Plus PCs”.

This move signals Microsoft leveraging specialized chips and positioning the Windows platform as an AI-driven ecosystem.

💡Here’s what you should know about the updated Windows platform:

  • Microsoft is developing a new feature for Windows called "Recall," which acts like a photographic memory for your PC.

  • This makes it easier to track and find things by retrieving anything that has been displayed on the PC.

  • Additional updates for the Windows platform include the incorporation of AI-driven Image Creator features into built-in apps like Paint and Photos.

  • Microsoft also revealed that their AI-powered chatbot will be compatible with OpenAI’s latest GPT-4o model which can handle image, text, and audio inputs.

The early version of Copilot Plus PCs is set to launch on June 18th.

Versions featuring Intel and AMD processors will be released at a later time.

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