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Hiring: How to assess a Microsoft Dynamics NAV job candidate in an interview

by Hannes Holst
Dynamics 365 Business Central Consultant, Freelance
June 27 2018

Job interviewAny job interview is an individual process that is based on the circumstances and the candidate. For a job focused on Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the process will depend on the role you are offering and the required level of product knowledge. For instance, a support consultant may not need to have in-depth knowledge about Fixed Assets (but a motivation to find a solution should exist). For a person who will participate in  a role which influences the future of company processes, I recommend that the candidate have a strong background in many areas of the product.

The answers to each set of NAV-related interview questions can be evaluated much like any others. Common sense and a sixth sense for parsing the candidate's answers are particularly helpful. It is important to have a couple of questions in your pocket for which you already know the correct answer before asking.

The warm-up: Basic questions

Basic questions should help to evaluate whether the candidate's NAV background covers the needs of your role. One of my favourite questions is which modules the candidate feels most comfortable with. Most consultants and developers do cover modules which they specialize in only. This could be Finance, Sales and Marketing, Purchasing, Warehouse, Manufacturing, or others.

Based on your individual utilization of NAV, you may be looking for a candidate who has experience in a module which is in use the most in your company. Or, in case you are planning to integrate an external web service, then experience with SOAP or REST is a big plus. If you have the impression that the candidate sounds like they are reading ...

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About Hannes Holst

Hannes Holst is a Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central freelancer with more than 13 years of hands-on experience. His involvement covers the full spectrum, including consulting and development of tailor-made modules and gold-certified industry solutions in various industries. He helps companies to prepare the business for future growth by adapting most of the standard functionality of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central into the company's processes.

"I always try to translate the (technical) world of Dynamics NAV and Business Central into a language that everyone can understand. Having all participants on the same level of understanding is a great foundation to create situations in which everyone wins."

Hannes also tries to convey Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into the world of Dynamics 365 Business Central. Check out his blog for details and keep an eye out for 365 Saturday-events where he holds introduction sessions for Machine Learning.

Hannes has done work for Dynamics NAV and Business Central-projects in Germany, France, Denmark and the USA. Currently he is located in London, UK. In his free time, he studies Japanese and once or twice a year, he likes to run a marathon.

You can find more information about Hannes and his blog on his website http://www.hannesholst.com

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