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

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having an interview after having started a job [on hold]

I have an interview with a great potential of receiving an offer and it would be a MUST start working the following day. At the same time I have another interview (second round) the week after the ...
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How do I design an arbitrary system in an interview?

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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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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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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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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How to write freelancing in resume for programmers job [closed]

I had 3 years full time work experience in web development. I had to leave the job and come to overseas (my home) for 1.5 years due to personal problem, but I did some free lance work in web ...
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Would be good to include your freelancer account in your Resume / CV when applying for a job?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions on graphs common in programming interviews? [closed]

Despite saying that graphs are very important, none of my friends have got any graph related questions in interviews in Google and Amazon. I am preparing for these companies right now. Should 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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Senior Interview LINQ questions [closed]

I'm preparing a LINQ section in interview questions for senior programmers. What are the most interesting questions in LINQ to include? And why?
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C# Interview Preparation - References? [closed]

This is a specific question relating to C#. However, it can be extrapolated to other languages too. While one is preparing for an interview of a C# Developer (ASP.NET or WinForms or ), what would be ...
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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 ...