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Questions on job interviews, concerning preparation for and attending job interviews, as well as designing job interviews for recruiting employees.

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What do companies consider being passionate about programming? [on hold]

Nowadays people love using this adjective about everything they do. Passion, being passionate. But what exactly is the interpretation that companies and their recruiters have when they hear this or ...
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How to distinguish between incompetent programmers and nervous ones [on hold]

I have found that most of the programmers I interview do pretty poorly on "FizzBuzz" type questions. I have always wondered if some of them (probably not many, but a few) would do well in a work ...
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I need some real guidance into the CS career world some advice would be nice [closed]

I graduate may 2014 with a CS degree. I know C++ and Java to the point that I understand data structures and how to use classes for object orientated programming. I took a data base class so can i ...
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How to set an ungoogleable coding test? [closed]

Question In a coding test (for example), what is an example of a type of question that cannot be easily googled to find the answer? Is there a formula that can be used to create questions that are ...
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Whiteboard Interviews - Does choice of language matter? [closed]

I have a simple question regarding whiteboard interviews. Does the language you code an answer in matter? If my best language by far is Ruby, will I get points taken off for coding in Ruby? Or do I ...
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FizzBuzz can't be a good interview question! [closed]

I've seen some topics on FizzBuzz and decided it was time for me to chime in. Are people really suggesting that FizzBuzz is a good interview question? It's so easy! All you have to do is generate a ...
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FizzBuzz on Large Scale

So I was asked to create FizzBuzz at an interview... Easy enough but then they say what if there is a million data points. ie. divisible by 3 divisble by 5 divisble by 6 up until a billion. What is ...
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Given a subset of numbers and subset of sums. Match the numbers to sums.(Harder than appears)

I found the question below on a forum board. I'm not sure what the most efficent solution is. I'm not sure this fits exact cover, and approaching it via exhaustive backtracking seems somewhat ...
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@SuppressWarnings in coding test submission

I am working on a coding test for an employer. It is not a particularly hard question but I am trying to do it as well and technically correctly as possible for obvious reasons. I ran into a problem ...
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Count Sort Algorithm efficiency

As I am reading a Book about "Algorithm Analysis", I came across count_sort Algorithm. A question has been raised in my head. I read in many other papers, that "Quick Sort/ Merge Sort" are the best ...
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can non-programing fizzbuzz work? [closed]

We all know what a fizzbuzz is and I've seen many varients of programs to be implemented. However, it takes time to watch someone write the code out, it seems time inefficent to sit there watching ...
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I know JavaScript really well, but i bomb coding interviews [closed]

So I'm currently on a hunt for a new position as a Front-End Developer. I know JavaScript very well and can wax poetically about Closures, Currying, Prototypal Inheritance, Design Patterns, App ...
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Do development standards vary by city? [closed]

I'm a .Net C# developer who got most of my experience working for a government office in DC. There, it was relatively easy to find a job. I would put my resume out, and in no more than a month I ...
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How can I rewrite this linked-list manipulation as tail-recursive?

This is an interview question I was once asked, and now I ask many of my interviewees. I have yet to see anyone come up with a tail-recursive solution during the interview. Given a liked list, I'd ...
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Is my work on a developer test being taken advantage of?

I am looking for a job and have applied to a number of positions. One employer responded. I had a pretty lengthy phone interview (perhaps an hour +) and they then set me up with a developer test. I ...
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Do hiring managers have a hard time accepting developers who have a “business look alike” personal app but are NOT entrepreneurs? [closed]

Directly post graduation from University, I decided to build my own web app (Ease My Day) while waiting to get a job as a software Engineer. The reasons to build this app: Gain solid hands on ...
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Mechanics of reasoning during programming interviews [closed]

This is not the usual "I don't want to write code during an interview", in this question the assumption is that I need to write code during an interview (think about the level of rewriting the ...
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How to recognize people with potential to become a coder [closed]

I work in finance and we have the habit to hire young people out of college, most of them with little-to-non coding experience. We are not looking for future quants, just business analysts with an ...
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How are the skills used in typical interview questions applied in the real job? [closed]

For SQL and C# app dev jobs, the interviewers usually ask questions about tree,graph and linked list traversals using pure C and pointers. In the 3 years I've spent in my job, I've never had to ...
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As an interviewer, asking a candidate to find errors in small sample code. Is this fair? [closed]

We've been interviewing on and off for about two years, and I've run this by about 30 candidates. I wrote some 20 lines of code which perform a relatively basic operation, but has a bunch of errors in ...
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Common interview: flexibility on code test? [closed]

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 ...
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What makes a good interview question for a junior applicant? [closed]

We had a debate a few days ago at work about some question we ask during interviews. We are in the on-going process of hiring "junior" C++ developers which is kind-of new to the company (we used to ...
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What to expect as a programmer in a bank? [closed]

After three phone interviews, I got this offer in a large bank as a Java programmer. I have no prior experience in financial institutions (only two years as a regular Java dev), so I'm a little bit ...
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Preparing for an interview slightly outside my skillset [closed]

I have 4 years of experience in web development, so: PHP, javascript, Mysql, HTML, CSS, the usuals. I have an interview soon for a position involving c#, wpf and other desktop programming languages. ...
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How to show confidence during an interview? [closed]

I got into an interview which I knew what I am trying to explain or have some idea on the question of the interviewer. What's the best way to explain it and show my confidence?
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Rejecting time bound programming exercises in interview [closed]

I have come across a few hands on programming scenarios at recent job interviews. Implement a queue in C# only using arrays. Call to get an item will take first item out from the queue(write on ...
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Is it a deal breaker if the HR person asks programming questions during an interview? [closed]

The title pretty much says it all, but the longer story is: I went to a job interview last year for a junior tester position. The first interview was with a person from HR. This is weird, in my ...
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What's the best way to show some of my code during an interview? [duplicate]

I realize that there are already a couple of questions about this, but they mostly are about if you should bring code to the interview, which is not the case here. I have a job interview (at a ...
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NDA's in interviews

I have interviews scheduled for two, large, respectable, somewhat competing, American companies. One of them (the one for which the interview takes place first) has asked that I bring a signed NDA to ...
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How to create a Python interview question to write a method

If I'm giving an interview coding question in Java, I can specify the most of the question just by giving a method signature. (Made-up example follows.) public class Table { public String ...
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Will interns and entry level positions care more about algorithms or projects/experience [closed]

I am 3 months into learning java, read head first java and made 4 things on my github + many small things. I also started learning android this month, but now am tossing and turning not knowing my ...
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How should we “pick the comfortable programming language” in an interview? [closed]

When they ask you to choose the programming language you are comfortable with before an interview, is it to ask questions about the programming language or to check how well you code in it? Like for ...
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Is UML a good way to shortly and simply explain a concept? [closed]

I was recently in a job interview that was mostly technical. One of the things that stood out was my difficulty explaining ideas and concepts. During the interview I decided not to use UML to ...
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Greek philosophers, stone tablets and dumb slaves problem [closed]

This is one of the questions that I came across while preparing for a programming interview. Design a system for Greek philosophers to exchange messages using stone tablets carried by dumb ...
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When interviewing programmers, are algorithm problem solving skills relevant for a job were solving such algoritm problems isn't normally needed? [closed]

Software created for some business domains don't require heavy use of algorithm problem solving skills on the job from the programmers working there. For example, a JEE developer might most of the ...
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How to scope code base health when interviewing for new a company? [duplicate]

I've recently started working for an awesome company, on a product which is a steaming pile once you go under the hood. Apart from asking for a code review (which I doubt I'd get anyway), what are ...
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How to identify potential for becoming a programmer [closed]

There's heaps of information out there on hiring someone who's already a programmer. (Or claims to be one.) But what about identifying someone who has the potential to become a programmer, with ...
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An intern interview with Microsoft [closed]

I'm currently in my second year(Computer Science and Mathematics). In two days I have an interview on campus with Microsoft. I'm a bit nervous, because this will be my first in person interview. I ...
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how to improve design ability [closed]

I recently went on a couple of interviews and all of them asked a one or two design questions, like how you would design a chess, monopoly, and so on. I didn't do good on those since I am a college ...
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Implementing basic data structures in programming interviews [closed]

I have been preparing to do my first technical interview in a month, and I have a question about implementing common data structures like stacks or linked lists. I plan to do the interview in either ...
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Database is performing slow, even all the tables are having normalization

One of the interviewers asked me this question: Tables are created with appropriate normalization rules, However the database is performing slow. [Ie.: The select, insert statements are taking ...
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Interview Coding Assignments… how much do they account for? [closed]

So I've ran into a couple of companies that requires completing coding assignments before they give you a phone interview. I'm curious, do these coding assignments account for anything after the ...
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Developer failing developer interviews [closed]

I'm a Java developer, mostly doing Spring stuff. I understand the patterns, OOP, bean injection, multithreading and everything that goes with it. I don't feel like I'm a bad developer, I get my stuff ...
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Open source project question in interview [closed]

I've recently applied for a position as C# developer, and during the interview, the interviewers asked me many times if I contribute to develop one or more open source project. Since they let me ...
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Is there more to being a programmer than what I'm being exposed to? [closed]

I've been working as a programmer for almost 3 years now. Goes without saying that this is the first job that I got as a programmer after graduating from college. Anyways, I went for an interview at ...
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Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name? [closed]

Would you consider it appropriate if you were asked for your Stack Exchange username in a software job interview (or as a pre-interview screening question)? To me, it seems like a very reasonable ...
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Problem solving skills and job interviews [closed]

Probably few of you are interviewing wannabe programmers. I'm 28, never worked as a programmer, but spent few months learning C and solving problems. I loved it so much that I do it every day just ...
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Is over-engineering a warning sign? [closed]

So we present a straightforward coding exercise to new candidates with some well defined requirements. Occasionally we receive solutions which don't really solve the problem at hand, but are ...
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In need of a more technical answer for an interview question about how the internet works from beginning to end [closed]

I've had interviews with 5 separate people over the past two weeks and three of those five have all asked me this question: Explain what happens between hitting "Google.com" and the page coming up on ...
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Interview question “What is virtual function”

It was funny for me, and I'm interesting the reaction for this question of the community. It was interview for C++/Qt developer, and question was asked "What is virtual function". Not something like ...