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

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How to interview a former superior? [migrated]

I'm a programmer who's now in a management position, and I've recently gained a fair amount of experience interviewing programmers. I feel very comfortable with the interview process and conduct my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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@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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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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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 [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Finding an object on an infinite line

Question: There is an infinite line. You are standing at a particular point you can either move 1 step forward or 1 step backward. You have to search for an object in that infinite line. Your object ...
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Pre-Interview Screening Questions [closed]

I need to hire a senior software developer. I've switched to a new recruiter and he's asked for about 3 questions to ask each candidate on the phone that he'll send the answers to when I see the CV ...
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Without C++-like destructors, how do we return resources that aren't managed by garbage collector in Java? [duplicate]

I'm in a job hunting. And in my CV I placed a skill list like: Skills: C/C++/Java/... The most common question I got is: "hem, since you are familiar with both C++ and Java, can you tell some ...
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Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language?

I am learning Python currently which wasn't part of my college curriculum. I was asked in an interview why I chose Python and I replied that it is easy to learn and the documentation is very well ...
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What do other languages offer when it comes to infrastructure technology that could indicate its advantage over C in the future?

I have been going through interview questions and I saw one which made me stop and think for a while. It starts with a quote and asks about your interpretation and whether you agree or not. "For ...
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Will a MQ topic persist messages when one of the consumers is down [closed]

If I have a websphere MQ topic and 3 listeners have subscribed to the Topic. One listener is down when a message comes in the Topic. Other listeners consume the message. When the listener comes back ...
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Getting first job without a technical degree [duplicate]

How difficult would it be for someone with a college degree in social science to land their first job as a junior developer? This is assuming they have experience with open source projects, have a ...
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Do we set the bar too high by requiring that code tests not suffer from buffer overflow?

We are currently recruiting for a Junior Developer position working mainly in C on Linux. As part of the process, we require candidates to complete a code test at their leisure in C. So far we have ...
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What is the intention behind asking weight of plane?

I was asked this question "How would you find weight of Aeroplane" in an interview and I am not sure why this question was one of the two question asked in the interview. I tried to answer it using ...
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Find pattern in a string

How would one approach the following question: We have two strings: a normal alphanumeric string and a pattern string. the pattern string can be composed by alphanumeric chars plus the char "?" and ...
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Pre-screening coding test - How long is reasonable? [closed]

EDIT After a good amount of thinking and self-reflection on the topic, I realised that most of the issues I raised in this question was coming only from a personal, rather than a professional ...