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 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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How should older programmers respond when interviewed

How should older programmers respond when interviewed and 'confronted' with questions similar to "we are a young bunch, will you be able to fit into our culture?". What about the experience an older ...
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How should a director conduct an interview for a programmer / software engineer position?

I always wonder when conducting an interview why a director or VP of Engineering is involved? If a team of engineers and hiring manager want to hire a person, I don't ever see a director or VP would ...
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Are algorithm questions good interview questions? [closed]

I've had an argument recently with a fellow programmer. He was interviewing for a new position and was asked this question: Give a sequence of numbers starting at X and ending in Y but with one ...
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Is there a correlation between buzz words and ability? [closed]

We've just been through a hiring cycle and one thing that struck me was the fact that interviewees that threw every buzz word on the planet at us tended to rate the lowest. We gave them each a simple ...
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Good questions to ask a potential new boss? [closed]

Imagine you were working as a software developer. Imagine that the manager of your team leaves and your company is looking for a replacement. Imagine that as part of the hiring process you had the ...
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Is it bad etiquette to ask a potential employer how they score on the Joel Test?

Developer interviews are different than most other places, because not only do you worry about the people you work with, benefits, job description, etc., you also have EXTRA to worry about after ...
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How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? [closed]

I've recently read through Joel's guide to finding great developers, and I feel really strongly that I am smart and get things done. The problem is, I didn't learn how to get things done until about ...
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What top companies look for in an Interview?

Basically I am looking for what is it that you goof up and you are out from the remaining process ? Are elimination rounds a fair way to judge a person ? Anyone can have a bad hour :-( Should you ...
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Why did an interviewer ask me a question about people eating curry? [closed]

I had an interview question once which went... Interviewer: "Could you tell me how many people will eat curry for their dinner this evening" Me: "Er, sorry?" Interviewer: "Not the actual number just ...
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How do you respond to “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” question in interviews? [closed]

I've been asked this in a few interviews. And it always catches me off guard.My professional and academic background are already in the resumé, which the interviewer has obviously looked at. What more ...
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What questions do you ask about a company before deciding to work there? [closed]

Sort of like the Joel Test I guess, except you don't need to limit it to checklists of yes/no questions.
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What's your favorite interview question? [closed]

What question have you found especially valuable in interviewing software developers? What is it about the question that has made it particularly useful? I'm looking for a particular question you ...
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What techniques do you use when interviewing developers?

I realize there have been lots of discussions about this type of thing and they often devolve into dogma around whether you ask the "100 logical pirates" type of questions or whether you get them to ...
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Math questions at a programmer interview? [closed]

So I went to an interview at Samsung here in Dallas, Texas. The way the recruiter described the job, he didn't make it sound like it was too math-oriented. The job basically involved graphics ...
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Should we hire someone who writes C in Perl?

One of my colleagues recently interviewed some candidates for a job and one said they had very good Perl experience. Since my colleague didn't know Perl, he asked me for a critique of some code ...
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What is the proper amount of time required to interview a .NET developer?

I had two interviews during the last two weeks, one of them was about 30 minutes, and they had me fill out a job application before it, and the other one was less than 10 minutes! In your own point ...
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What to bring to a programming interview? [closed]

I have just completed my Master's degree in Computer Science and have gotten my first job interview as a developer. I do not have much experience in large scale development projects, but I am hoping ...
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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 ...