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Nov 25 2008   10:57AM GMT

SAP interview preparation

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As discussed, the future of SAP jobs lies in more certification and business-centric training and credentials. However, regardless of whether you’re a technical or functional SAP consultant, it isn’t enough to accumulate credentials and certifications. You also need to interview well to break into SAP job, or to move into another SAP module.

To that end, here are some helpful resources to help you ace SAP interviews:

General preparation strategy for an SAP interview. There’s an important point here about what you say in your resume versus what happens in an actual interview that could save you from major interview blunders.

How to prepare for an SAP BI interview, including a list of the fundamental aspects of BI with which you need to be familiar.

How to prepare for an SAP Basis interview, including the name of a popular SAP guide that can help you prepare.

How to prepare for an SAP BW interview. Learn the one question that gets asked most frequently in SAP BW interviews.

How to prepare for an SAP CRM interview. This tip offers six sample questions, including a combination of technical and functional questions.

How to contact an SAP hiring manager after an interview. Getting the etiquette right can make the difference between getting a callback and being forgotten.

The information in these tips is designed to prepare you not only for the technical components of SAP interviews in particular modules, but to give you more general pointers for interviewing well, and for following the right etiquette when interacting with a hiring manager.

Be warned: Memorizing answers to common questions, or attempting to substitute glib responses for actual expertise, may get you an SAP job, but it won’t build your career. Instead, take the long view and build your SAP intelligence. It may take longer, but you’ll lay the foundation for a long SAP career.

Demir Barlas, Site Editor

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  • Vincent Weekley
    I have a simply request---you ommitted XI in this article to for an interview. Could you please provide some helpful tips. Thanks If you have any tips, you can just email me if you like.
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  • Jon Reed
    Thanks Courtney. Good collection of links and content, I have already pointed a couple people towards it and I'll Tweet about it also. SAP interview preparation is an important topic and I try to write on it when I can. The thing to remember is that by the time you land an interview, you've already done some things right and the hiring manager is already impressed with your resume. Next usually comes a more technical SAP screening designed to ensure you have the technical skills needed. Often that happens on the phone. The most important interview, either by phone for contracts or in person for full time jobs, comes down more to the intangibles of "who is the best fit" for the position. I really do think you can improve your chances in that key interview by doing extra homework on the implementation, the company's business model, and come in with a very specific idea of how you can make a contribution to furthering it. Many interview candidates do not take the time to customize their approach and really make a "business case" for how they can help a particular company. Because others don't do that, if you do that, it can help you stand out. - Jon Reed -
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  • Jon Reed
    Err, Demir I mean. :) Courtney's name showed up on the RSS feed instead of Demir's. Ha. Don't do this in an interview! :) - Jon -
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