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 factors influence how long the interview process takes? [migrated]

I'm currently in an interview process of an American game company. But I found it's a long process, here is what I've got: This startup company was found in 2013, it has about 50 to 60 employers. ...
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“Read” a file without using a file pointer

I was asked this question in an interview. I'm somehow supposed to "read" a file into my C program as input without using a file pointer (including "f" functions, e.g. fgets, fscanf etc.). I'm also ...
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Programming Test [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good interview programming projects We are looking to hire some more Java developers onto our team, and plan to test their coding abilities with a test. We currently use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Whiteboard “testing” during an interview: legitimate way to back up your (whiteboard) code?

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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Multithreading synchronization interview question: Find n words given m threads

I came across this question: You are given a paragraph , which contain n number of words, you are given m threads. What you need to do is , each thread should print one word and give the ...
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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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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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OO Design related questions in technical interviews

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? ...
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Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given

Given some random letters , For example "a,e,o,g,z,k,l,j,w,n" and a dictionary.Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given I was going through some old interview questions and ...
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Is “White-Board-Coding” inappropriate during interviews?

This is a somewhat subjective quesiton but I'd love to hear feedback/opinions from either interviewers/interviewees on the topic. We split our technical interview into 4 parts. Write Code, Read & ...
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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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What are effective interview questions? [closed]

What questions will validly judge an individuals skills as a programmer? These should be applicable to a programmer using any language, and they should be aimed at entry level positions possibly ...
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How do you find the first common element in two arrays

The way I did it was to loop through each at the same time and add the current value to a separate set for each of the lists. Also, check if the current element is already in the other list's set. I ...
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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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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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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 give the answer to a failed interview coding exercise?

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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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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How to test a random feature in MS Excel/WORD/PPT

Interviewers often ask questions about testing a random feature in Excel, Word, Notepad etc.. I am someone who will be interviewing for a SDET position and has a SDE background not specifically SDET ...
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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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Web Developer interview questions

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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Why the question “give five things you hate about C#” is so difficult to answer during an interview?

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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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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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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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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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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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers? [closed]

We have recently been receiving lots of applicants for our open developer positions from people who I like to refer to as "legacy" programmers. I don't like the term "old" because it seems a little ...
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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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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

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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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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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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Kind of project for pair programming interview

As discussed in the SO question Pair Programming for a job interview, there are mixed feelings on the usefulness of this approach. For those that have used this approach, what kind of projects are ...
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How important is it for a programmer to have an online presence? [closed]

I've noticed more and more mentions (both in posts here and in actual job descriptions) of programmers' "portfolios" - typically their public profiles on sites such as this, GitHub, etc. How ...
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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 ...
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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 ...