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

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Good Junior Android Developer Interview - What to expect? [on hold]

I am a self taught Android Developer with my own start up for Android Applications and 2 years of College experience (CS). I recently was put through an employment process with a company for a role as ...
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I have a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program [on hold]

Well I went through university to obtain my Bachelors in computer science but I don't feel confident at all in programming. I know, I know, practice. Well I am practicing but I feel that it will be ...
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Does a computer science major need any certificates after completing their major? [closed]

assuming one were to do well academically, and build up their portfolio also during their free time (hobby and such), would a programmer/software engineer need certs, like IT pros do? or is it enough ...
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What does algorithm solving show during interviews? [closed]

I just participated in a very lively and enjoyable session where 2 programmers solved the "battleship game" problem with me by pairing up. For those who do these kinds of tests in interviews ? What ...
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Does the phrase “range for R1-1 through R10H” actually have an agreed-upon meaning?

I was recently sent a code test by a potential employer to complete on my own time. The first question has to do with identifying whether a given zoning code falls within a range of codes. I'm not ...
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Licensing code submitted after job interview [duplicate]

I applied for a job in a small company (~25 employees) on December and after a month the CEO of the company wrote to me that he is interested to interview me. During the interview I got a bad ...
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Compute Adjacent Pair

I was asked the following question as part of an interview: Integer V lies strictly between integers U and W if U < V < W or if U > V > W. A non-empty zero-indexed array A consisting of ...
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Interview question - Robot in a grid

This was recently asked to someone I know in an interview with a top engineering company. A robot has to move in a grid which is in the form of a matrix. It can go to A(i,j)--> A(i+j,j) ...
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Which way is more efficient for getting the space count?

I have just started reading Cracking the Coding Interview. One of the problems (specifically 1.4) after solving and then looking at the answer made me question the way it is done and decided to post ...
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Should private functions be held to the same standards as public functions?

If I'm building private utility functions, should they be held to the same rigorous standards in terms of handling invalid data as public functions? Example:If I'm writing code to calculate the ...
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Does anyone else feel like confused even after they're done studying programming tutorial? [closed]

I am learning core java and I was studying from java trails on oracle website. When I was done learning the Thread trail, still there was a sort of confusion and blurriness at the back of my head. I ...
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How do you prepare for whiteboard interview? [duplicate]

I have been a business owner since 1999. I've had many businesses, most of them successful - as in earning a reasonable salary for myself or even making something much grander than that. My fortune ...
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How to tackle a technical test for job interview [closed]

So, I have been given a technical exam to test a piece of data - The role is Software Developer in Test. To keep this general and helpful to others (and to prevent closure), the question doesn't ...
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Which weak algorithmic strategies I have that lead me to failing coding this simple algorithm? [closed]

I am a graduate student in computer science who graduated recently from a famous university. I applied to my first software engineering job and I failed the technical interview by failing to answer ...
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Storing 5000 elements on client side in a web application [closed]

I just had a phone interview for ASP.Net developer, after initial introductory stuff the interviewer ask me first technical question: "How would you store 5000 elements on client side for each user ...
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Intership Interview Tips? [closed]

I am currently a freshman in college studying CS. I recently submitted my resume to a small subset of HP in my hometown and got a response back saying they will contact me for a phone interview. I ...
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What is your coding interview checklist? [closed]

Imagine that you have a coding interview in next 1 week. What would be in your checklist in terms of preparations ? What are some of the algorithms you would implement to refresh your memory ? ...
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Should I avoid using 'break' during a coding interview? [duplicate]

I have an upcoming internship interview with Microsoft and, although I rarely use break in my own code, it does simplify things a lot of times and bring me to a solution faster when coding on the ...
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Should simple tasks be divided into separate functions? [duplicate]

If I have to write a simple program (25-35 lines), should I divide it even further, in functions which have a few lines and get executed max. 2 times, or to put it all im one? e.g. if I need to add ...
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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 ...