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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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How do you interview someone with more experience than you? [closed]

The company I'm working for is looking to hire a senior developer with more experience than me, and they expect me to do the technical part of the interview. I've only been programming a few years and ...
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How to avoid jumping to a solution when under pressure? [closed]

When under a particularly strict programming deadline (like an hour), if I panic at all, my tendency is to jump into coding without a real plan and hope I figure it out as I go along. Given enough ...
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How can I get better at whiteboard interview questions? [closed]

I have sat on interviews and noticed a big disparity between individuals of similar competency at answering questions on a whiteboard during an interview. Generally, being able to clearly explain ...
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Submit code during interview [closed]

I'm interviewing for a position at an internet startup. The position relates to doing data mining on their very large database of user information. As part of the (long-distance) interview procedure ...
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What is your favorite whiteboard interview problem? [closed]

Just as the title says, what is your favorite whiteboard interview problem, and why has it proven effective for you? Junior, senior, Java, C, Javascript, PHP, SQL, pseudo-code, etc.
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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 to recognize a good programmer? [closed]

Our company is looking for new programmers. And here comes the problem - there are many developers who look really great at the interview, seem to know the technology you need and have a good job ...
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Upcoming Google interview, looking for some preparation advice [closed]

Well I've been hitting the books wherever I can. I have an interview coming up, first one via phone, for a software engineer position. I've read all the blog posts, I've read all the accounts of ...
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Tricky logic puzzles - Are they really useful in assessing programming skills? [closed]

In the last interview I attended, I was asked to solve a puzzle where I was expected to measure exactly blah liters of water given two buckets with capacities - blah and blah liters respectively. I ...
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Preparing for Interviews [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? Could someone give me pointers on how go to about preparing for a technical interview? As a CS graduate, I ...
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Is it just me or is this a baffling tech interview question? [closed]

Background I was just asked in a tech interview to write an algorithm to traverse an "object" (notice the quotes) where A is equal to B and B is equal to C and A is equal to C. That's it. That is ...
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Asking for a code sample of the company at an interview [closed]

Asking a job seeker to show some code is a fairly common practice for a software company. However, would it be acceptable for the candidate to ask the interviewer to show him a small piece of code ...
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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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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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Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview [closed]

I've been interviewing for co-ops (paid internships) lately and a large number of the companies I've been interviewing with have been saying they use Scrum or some other agile methodology (scrum being ...
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What are the pros and cons for the employer of code questions during an interview? [closed]

The Joel Test question #11 is: "Do new candidates write code during their interview?". What are arguments for and against to ask new candidates to write code during the interview and to make a ...
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How to show code samples in an interview? [closed]

There have been questions similar to this, but my question is HOW exactly do you showcase your code when going to an interview? Do you show screenshots, or do you bring the actual code? Do you take ...
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Interviewing a developer who's skilled in a language you don't know [duplicate]

Background: I'm an experienced developer and technical architect (C#, Delphi, Java, Clojure, Assembler, Perl, various esoteric functional programming languages) We need to hire some Ruby developers ...
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Are 9 to 5 programmers looked down upon?

I would consider myself a 9 to 5 programmer. What I mean by this, is that I have a programming job, but after I leave work, I leave my work there and do not take it home. I very much enjoy my career ...
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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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“Do you have any questions for us?” In an interview [closed]

You know the prospective company fairly well but are asked "Do you have any questions for us?". To show interest, what are some of your favorite questions to reply?
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What's the worst question you were ever asked at interview? [closed]

It doesn't have to be programming or software development related, but just asked during an interview for an IT related job. I know some "left field" questions are meant to see how the candidate ...
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Do I need to understand algorithms and data structures to be called a programmer? [closed]

It has been six years since I have been coding. Coding into all kinds of things like ActionScript, JavaScript, Java, PHP, Ajax, XML HTML, ASP, etc. I have used arrays, maps, linked lists, sets, etc ...
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How to react to wrong/not answered questions during interview? [closed]

Today I have held my first interview with potential interns. While this has been mostly open questions, I have had some trivial programming tasks for them: Write a function that returns true if ...
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How much help should I give during technical interviews? [closed]

I'm asked to perform or sit in during many technical interviews. We ask logic questions and simple programming problems that the interviewee is expected to be able to solve on paper. (I would rather ...
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11answers
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How to sell a high SO reputation at an interview [duplicate]

A question with absolutely no relevance to myself: How would a programmer with a stellar SO reputation (like 30k+) market his or herself to poential employers/investors who have never heard of SO? In ...
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11answers
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What to say when you don’t know the answer to an interview question? [closed]

When you have no clue about the question, how do you answer/act when you do not know the answer at all? Telling the truth is pretty obvious. But how could you try to transform this weakness into a ...
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10answers
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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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13answers
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How do you answer “Rate yourself” questions? [closed]

I have been frequently asked questions like "Rate yourself in java" It goes like interviewer : Rate yourself in java on the scale of 10 me: 9 interviewer : Rate yourself in J2EE me : 8 .... ...
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8answers
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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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5answers
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Technical interview and programmer ability [closed]

What I will say might be a tad controversial in nature but I am very disheartened today - and so I will ask this. I just had an interview with a major tech firm for an internship position, where I ...
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Software Developer Interview Question - Fair or Unfair [closed]

I just phone interviewed with a company for a graduate software developer position and was asked the following questions. I should add that the company concerned are not a database vendor. How does ...
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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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Is it reasonable to expect that a senior developer knows what OOP design patterns are? [closed]

I'm preparing questions for job interviews for a senior development position. The job would include object oriented design, and the existing software uses design patterns, so I'd like to ask the ...
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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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test for graduate software developer role? [closed]

I'm looking for tests that are suitable for a graduate software developer role, mainly tests that are about reviewing code and finding faults and etc, multiple choice or otherwise.preferably code ...
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How important is it to be syntactically correct during an interview? [closed]

When asking an interview candidate to write a program on the whiteboard, do you expect the candidate to write code that is syntactically correct? I had two candidates, one of which wrote a ...
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Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer? [closed]

(Originally posted on Stack Overflow but closed there and more relevant for here) So we first interviewed a guy for a technical role and he was pretty good. Before the second interview we googled him ...
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Using template questions in a technical interview [closed]

I've recently been in an argument with a colleague about technical questions in interviews. As a graduate, I went round lots of companies and noticed they used the same questions. An example is "Can ...
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Being the only developer and its consequences [closed]

I am the only developer in my company. I do programming (in ASP.NET 4.0, jQuery and SQL Server 2008) and maintain the database and web server (win 2008 r2). I enjoy the freedom of implementing what I ...
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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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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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What are the best FizzBuzz questions for interviewing a candidate for a Software Developer role? [closed]

I'm looking for some advice on interviewing technical candidates. I touched on this briefly in a question I previously asked: template questions in a technical interview and was informed that FizzBuzz ...
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Interview Assignment: Production, Bug-free, or Bells & Whistles? [closed]

I was given a small project to complete over the weekend for an interview. Not a very difficult project at all. Fortunately, I was able to spend all my time designing, developing, and testing the ...
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Asking back technical questions during the interview (as the interviewee) [closed]

I would like to know if people have already asked back some technical questions to your interviewer. Saying something like "Well, you asked me a bunch of technical questions, and now, do you mind if 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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How to you “sell” support as an career option [closed]

We find it relatively easy to hire developers to work on various projects. The problem arises when the project is finished but still needs to be supported. We really battle to get people to join ...
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Interview question: how much would you test before you stop? [closed]

This was a question I got in an interview. After asking the coding question, the interviewer asked how I would test the function. I answered with writing unit tests and test cases to try to cover ...
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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?