“Know what you know” means being able to clearly define and communicate exactly what your skills and talents are in non-technical terms, and being able to communicate how you’ll apply those skills to complete the project objectives. You also need to communicate honestly about necessary or useful skills you may not yet have mastered.
Though it sounds simple, this process can be challenging and many consultants miss opportunities because they fail to express what they know and why their knowledge is important. If you’ve ever found that you have a hard time describing what you do in a personal or professional conversation, you’ve experienced how difficult it can be to explain what you know—the language you use will depend on your audience.
When preparing for an interview, it’s helpful to create a list of both Oracle- specific (Project) skills and soft (People) skills, and be sure you can state how and why they are relevant in appropriate, understandable language.
What do you know?
A “skill” can be broadly defined as “the capacity to carry out tasks often with the minimum outlay of time, energy, or both.” In other words, skill is the ability to use your knowledge to achieve maximum efficiency in producing a product or result.
Your fundamental abilities as an Oracle consultant include both “hard” skills (project skills) directly related to Oracle projects as well as the “soft” skills (people skills) vital to successful projects, such as effective communication, team building, active listening, and negotiation. Soft skills in particular can set you apart as an effective consultant, so be sure to highlight this skill set when interviewing.
It’s important to highlight both functional and technical knowledge when defining your Oracle-specific skills in language your audience can understand clearly. Below are a few examples of essential Oracle project skills you’ll want to bring up in interviews:
Gather business requirements
Ability to learn and assess business needs and modify or develop applications (forms, scripts, reports) to meet those needs
Understanding of business processes
Know basics of Order-to-cash, Procure-to-Pay & Record-to-Report
Basic understanding of accounting
Awareness of accounting entries behind basic sub-ledger transactions
Downstream impacts of changes
Knowing how modules link together. Configuration in Order Management will affect Receivables. A change in purchasing will affect Payables.
Ability to extract data, update and modify system reports, and perform various data analyses
Ability to import and export data into and out of Oracle systems.
Write test scripts
Ability to incorporate business requirements into applications and anticipate test scenarios accurately; create scripts to test systems, diagnose and rectify issues as they occur during test phases.
Design Oracle reports
Ability to extend and enhance standard reports to meet specific business needs; design custom reporting solutions if necessary including report development in Oracle Discoverer.
Interface data from external systems
Ability to seamlessly integrate Oracle data with other organizational business data; includes interpreting and converting data in multiple formats and writing import/export scripts.
Ability to use AIM (Applications Implementation Methodology) or other standard methodology to create clear, concise user instructions as well as accurately documenting processes and applications development.
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