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I'm looking my first job and tomorrow I have my first interview in which they will test my programming skills by doing some code.

I want to know if it's usual they let you search on internet if you don't remember an specific method name or something related to syntax's ?.

If this is unusual then what should I do in case of forget something related to syntax?

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Don't panic! The interviewer is more likely interested in how you approach solving problems, rather than the ability to remember every detail of whatever you're doing. These days, it's almost unheard of to expect programmers to write code without the ability to reference online documentation. If you get stuck and you don't have internet access, say so and explain to the interviewer the problem you're trying to solve.

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I was given an on-line assessment for shell scripting. I was allowed to use documentation, both on-line and in manuals. The only restriction: I could not consult with any person, either in person or on-line.

Re syntax issues: If I was reviewing your code and I saw one or two syntax errors I would ignore them, because I know you're under pressure in the interview. If I see syntax errors all over the place, then I would start to wonder about your experience using the language.

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