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Why would an employer ask for a 'long' code sample? [closed]

What would a large project that spanned multiple files and >1000 lines show to an employer that a few individual files and a couple hundred lines couldn't capture?
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Good interview programming projects [closed]

I'm looking for some small programming projects that I can give potential employees to gauge their programming abilities. These will be programmers straight out of college. I'm looking for projects ...
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How can I test PHP skills in a interview? [closed]

My company needs to hire a PHP developer, but nobody has PHP knowledge in my company and we find difficult to test for PHP skills. If it were a C/Java developer I would ask him to write a quick ...
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How do you ascertain the quality of a potential employer's code before you take a position? [closed]

In my experience before you start working for a company you have no opportunity to look at the code-base (I've asked and for reasons of confidentiality everyone has always said no, I think that is ...
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Test Cases in an Interview Setting

In the first cracking the coding interview video Ms. McDowell talks about candidates that begin by writing test cases in whiteboard interviews. How would one go about this? For example, the ...
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Why the question “give five things you hate about C#” is so difficult to answer during an interview? [closed]

In podcast 73, Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood discuss, among other subjects, "five things everyone should hate about their favorite programming language": If you’re happy with your current tool ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for reasons after rejected after the interview? [closed]

I thought I did okay in the interviews but apparently the interviewers didn't think so. Is it appropriate to ask for a reason after I have received the rejection email? After all I don't want to annoy ...
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What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.? [closed]

My resume is no longer relevant. It can no longer contain an adequate description of my technical abilities. One can get a much better sense of what I am capable of by looking at my GitHub ...
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I keep failing hands on part of the interview, suggestions? [closed]

So I have a couple of software/site in my portfolio. They make money but not a whole lot. So I decided to get some job experience, mainly applying to Java/PHP junior development positions. The ...
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What sources of sample work should be used in a job interview? [closed]

One of my friends has been laid off. When I talked to him, he said they didn't let him take a copy of anything he worked on. When he asked how to show what he worked on to another employer in an ...
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Should Someone without Programming Knowledge Phone Screen? [closed]

I've been given most of the hiring responsibilities and will be conducting the in-person interviews. I'm also going through the resumes for worthy candidates. The plan is to have the HR department do ...
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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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Engineering interview candidate refuses to use whiteboard [duplicate]

Today I experienced a first in a technical interview. The candidate refused to use the whiteboard to solve an algorithm question, as I requested. There was no sort of disability at play or anything (...
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Whiteboard “testing” during an interview: legitimate way to back up your (whiteboard) code? [closed]

As I get it, having an error (even a typo like or missing ";") in your whiteboard code will often cost you some interview points. Avoiding that will inevitably make one proof-reading code again and ...
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1answer
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How to prepare for INTERVIEW with PAIR PROGRAMMING (C#) [closed]

I have a stage in an interview process where I am supposed to do pair programming, or at least they want to see me working in Visual Studio with an experienced developer. This is a company promoting ...
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What standards can be expected from graduate/junior engineers? [closed]

Are buffer overflows acceptable from a graduate developer? Are we setting the bar too high? What are the expected capabilities of graduate/junior engineers? Context: We are currently recruiting for ...
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How can I evaluate a candidate's knowledge of Html/CSS during an interview? [closed]

I am trying to determine some good interview questions to assess the ability of people coming in for a Html/CSS job, however that topic is extremely broad, and I'm not sure what sort of questions I ...
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Should I give the answer to a failed interview coding exercise? [closed]

We had a senior level interview candidate fail a nuance of the FizzBuzz question12. I mean, really, utterly, completely, failed the question - not even close. I even coached him through to thinking ...
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3answers
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Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness? [closed]

After seeing this question today on variation of the FizzBuzz interview question, as well as seeing other questions related to it around, I have to ask: is there any formal research on how effective ...
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Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation? [closed]

Reading this site and SO I've seen many stories of interview questions and answers saying a candidate had to implement a linked list from scratch. Usually this is a "gimme" exercise for programming ...
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6answers
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How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: Really “wow” them in the interview Let's say I appear for an interview. What questions could I expect and how do I prepare?
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3answers
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Good way to learn how to solve questions on InterviewStreet [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do I adapt to pre-interview challenge questions? InterviewStreet is a new company that essentially acts as a filter for companies to find programmers that can code. My ...
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How to check or assess debugging skills of a person? [closed]

What kind of skills determine a person that is capable of debugging code with ease? Some time ago my friend carried out an interview with a relatively good programmer. The programmer got hired. He ...
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7answers
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What should my “code sample” look like? [closed]

I've just had quite a good phone interview (for a CakePHP-related position, not that it's especially important to the question). The interviewer seemed to be impressed with my resume and personality. ...
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How do I design an arbitrary system in an interview? [closed]

A common question in Tech Interview is to design a particular system, usually an existing product of the company. For example, "Design Google Docs". What is the expected answer for such a question? I ...
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Please tell me I'm not alone (can't program on paper) [duplicate]

So I went to a job interview today. Long story short, the interviewers were delighted with my knowledge and experience, they were practically showing me to my new desk. Needless to say, what delighted ...
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What to watch out for when writing code at an Interview? [closed]

I have read that at a lot of companies you have to write code at an interview. On the one hand I see that it makes sense to ask for a work sample. On the other hand: What kind of code do you expect to ...
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1answer
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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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5answers
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Job Interview Challenges [closed]

The other day, in our PHP class, our teacher gave us a challenge used by a friend of his in job interviews. It works in every programming language, so it's not limited to PHP. He said that his friend ...
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1answer
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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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37answers
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How to handle people who lie on their resume [closed]

I'm conducting technical interviews to fill a few .NET positions. Many of the people I interview really do know .NET pretty well, but I find at least 90% embellish their skillset anywhere between "a ...
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1answer
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Does the phrase “range for R1-1 through R10H” actually have an agreed-upon meaning? [closed]

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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OO Design related questions in technical interviews [closed]

I've been attending quite a few interviews recently and have been asked by companies to answer "design a [insert model]" questions more than a few times. Is this normal in the industry nowadays? I'...
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How can I tell in an interview if a programmer is passionate about programming? [closed]

While most interview questions are focused on current knowledge of a candidate or check his/her skill to solve algorithmic problems I would like to hire a developer who is passionate about programming....
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Would be good to include your freelancer account in your Resume / CV when applying for a job? [closed]

I've been working as a freelancer for about two years in vWorker. Any person can visit a coder's profile, and see in how many projects the coder has worked on, (if the coders allows) see how much the ...
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11answers
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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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2answers
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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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6answers
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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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5answers
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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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3answers
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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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Web Developer interview questions [closed]

I read an article today that listed some basic questions about web development: Describe how POST data was submitted to a server by a browser. Explain a number of HTTP status codes (except maybe 404 ...
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11answers
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Is my work on a developer test being taken advantage of? [closed]

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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16answers
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FizzBuzz - really? [closed]

When it comes to "interview test" questions, the subject of FizzBuzz often comes up. There is also a Coding Horror post about it. Now, if you bother reading sites such as this, you are probably less ...
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4answers
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What's a “Professional Fit” interview? [closed]

So I went through an initial interview on school campus, and an on-site interview(one day, mostly technical interviews) with this company, and then a week later, I am told that there will be an ...
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2answers
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exact answer for “what is j2ee?” - job interview [closed]

I'd like to ask if someone of you knows the exact meaning of JEE. That's because a collegue of mine was asked this question in a job interview, and was "unable to answer properly"... to speak with ...
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1answer
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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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General thought process for “How would you build this website/app” interview questions [closed]

I've collected a bunch of interview questions like "Describe how you would design a photo album application", "Describe how you would design this particular feature of this particular website" (e.g. ...
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How to determine number of resources to be allocated in a software project? [closed]

Last day I have been interviewed and the interviewer asked me as given the outline of a project, how can we determine the number of resources to be needed for the same? I don't know to do so. Is ...
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Do you do custom tests/work for a potential employer before the interview? [closed]

Every shop I've worked at we have followed what I thought was a standard hiring sequence: Solicit resumes Phone screen applicants we are interested in In-person interview In some shops, second in-...
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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 ...