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 prepare for an online job interview (maybe through Skype)? [closed]

I'm applying for a company far away and if I get an interview it will probably be done remotely. I have been searching for advices regarding this but all tips seem to be directed at face-to-face ...
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SQL Interview Preparation : QA Engineer Position

I have interview with enterprise company for QA Engineer(New Grad-Mid level experience) position. I was told i would expect some questions on SQL. The company is eCommerce shopping portal. So what ...
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Why are SW engineering interviews disproportionately difficult (vs. research interviews)? [closed]

First, some background on me. I have a PhD in CS and have had jobs both as a software engineer and as an R&D research scientist, both at Very Large Corporations You Know Very Well. I recently ...
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Do you count a Masters in CS as a negative? [closed]

In my experience interviewing developers I feel like candidates who've achieved a Masters in Comp Sci tend to be worse programmers on average that those who don't have a Masters. Is that just me, or ...
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Onsite Interview : QA Engineer with more Emphasis on Java Skills

I'm having a onsite interview for QA engineer with Startup. While phone interview the person said he would want to test my JAVA, JUnit and SQL skills on white board with more importance on ...
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What are some good Object Oriented Design (OOD) interview questions?

I'm looking to prepare for a job interview and I wanted to go over some good Object Oriented Design (OOD) questions. Here are some of the OOD concepts that should give a good starting point: ...
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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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Interviewing consultants

I've interviewed a number of candidates for salaried positions. I was recently informed that we are hiring a consultant for a few months to help us develop a native iPhone application. We are a .NET ...
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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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Interview advice - Google Developer Advocate position

Can this position (Developer Advocate) be considered as a Software Engineering position in terms of interview questions they will likely ask me? Anyone else been interviewed for this position? I am ...
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How important is to be able to write code like you would write prose

Recently I heard of a company that, for interviews, asks potential employees to stand up and write out code on a whiteboard. Apparently that freaked alot of interviewees out. This got me thinking ...
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Is this Job Smell?

Went for an interview and from what I could gather from the interviewer: Development is done to a 'wire-frame' specification where users get constant feedback and can change their mind at will I ...
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How do you answer the question, “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” [closed]

What do recruiters expect you to answer when they ask, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Something like: I want to improve my technical skills ... blah-blah-blah ... architect? Is it just ...
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Interview question: How would you implement Google Search?

Supposed you were asked in an interview "How would you implement Google Search?" How would you answer such a question? There might be resources out there that explain how some pieces in Google are ...
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Bringing code to an interview?

Is bringing printed code or code on a USB to an interview a good idea? If so, what kind of code should I bring. Should I avoid big projects and just show small snippets which show off my skills?
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What are some good interview questions for nontechnical recruiters to ask? [closed]

I've been given the opportunity to provide a question bank for nontechnical recruiters to ask candidates. However, all of my favorite interview questions require somebody who knows the subject matter ...
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What to watch out for when writing code at an Interview?

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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How to improve concepts for interview

I had an interview and interviewer told me to improve on the concepts. E.G.: He asked me types of arrays are there and I answered that there was two types of array: A simple array and an ...
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Weeding out real agile from buzzword agile in an interview

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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Where do you look for help? [closed]

I have been on four interviews and this question ("Where do you look for help?") was asked three times. What is the point of it? What is my opinion is a bit controversial like googling is OK? Is this ...
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How much time do you give an interviewee to prepare before the actual meeting?

I thought giving 3-4 working days was fine. But now I am not so sure. The candidates these days seem to be researching me on LinkedIn, trying to hazard a guess probably on what I could ask them as ...
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Constructive ways to answer “What was your most challenging project? and why?” [closed]

I am asked this question many times in the interviews. What was your most challenging project -- and why? I get confused about which project to tell them and why some project would look ...
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What do you think of the following job specification? [closed]

Just received this out of the blue from a recruiter - a number of things stand out to me: PERSON PROFILE Hard working - with a stay until the job in done mentality Thrive on the pressure ...
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Help needed on a UI/Developer Interview

I have a phone interview with a major Internet company and it is a mostly front-end developer position. If anyone has experience with UI/developer interviews and can give some advice/questions asked ...
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Why a write-enable ring?

Here's an "interview question" that while ostensibly about hardware really does inform a software design principal as well. Computers used to (still do I guess, somewhere) use magnetic tape reels to ...
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Code snippets in interview

Recently I went to an interview for a C development position. Instead of asking me questions, they just gave me 20 code snippets to find out two logical errors on each one. I just couldn't complete ...
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What can I do when the interviewer doesn't know the answer to his/her own question? [closed]

Yesterday I had a terrible experience in an interview. Interviewer asked me about pure virtual function. I said, It may or may not have definition in base class, but derived classes should provide ...
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How to search for a tester?

As a freelance developer, a few times I tried to find some testers to be able to let them test my software/web applications. If I try to find them, it's because most of the customers are not intended ...
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What HR policies prevent you from finding skillful programmers? [closed]

During our interview process we give the candidate a programming test as well as a programming design problem. Our HR department has told us to stop administering the programming test due to legal ...
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How to avoid to be employed by companies which are candidates to DailyWTF stories?

I'm reading The Daily WTF archives and especially those stories about IT-related companies which have a completely wrong approach of software development, the job of a developer, etc. Some stories ...
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Windows Mobile Interview Question Categories

I need to set categories for interviewing candidates for Windows Mobile Development. Like for ASP.NET, we can have OOPS .NET Framework (CLR, BCL, MSIL etc) Javascript, jQuery Data Controls ...
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Interview questions on C++ for developers with mainly Java/.NET experience

What questions would ask a candidate with mainly Java/.NET experience (10 years+) in an interview for a C++ position?
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If you could ask one technical interview question, what would it be [closed]

First off, there are equally important questions for a candidate that are non-technical (do they work well with others, can they imagine a better approach, etc.). But to evaluate the technical skills, ...
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What are good interview questions for a Software Tester with focus on automation? [closed]

Today's testing is not much like yesterday's testing. More services, more distributed systems, more automation. I want the kind of testers that are self-starters and will constantly work themselves ...
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Is there a useful correlation between choice of web-browser/search engine and good quality programmers? [closed]

After a round of interviews earlier this year, which included some practical questions with access to a computer, I noticed that, at least for the applicants we were seeing, there was a high inverse ...
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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 best C++ interview question? [closed]

If you could ask a C++ programmer one question to measure their C++ skills, what would it be? The question I think is best is: Can you call "delete this;" inside a member function? (I put this as a ...
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How to deal with Interviews where HR is missing? [closed]

The situation: Person X, who already has a full-time job, applies to Company A. Money is good at A, but the real reason X had applied is 'cause the work at A really excites X. Next someone from the ...
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Delphi interview - requirements

I must help my TL(Team Lead has experience with C# and is a beginner in Delphi) to make requirements for a Delphi Developer position. So I've start to document this. Until now the list is: Strong ...
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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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What's a “Professional Fit” interview?

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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Does tweeting 9 to 5 hurt job applicants? [closed]

If you were looking into a job applicant's background and discovered that he or she has 1200 followers on Twitter and averages 50 tweets per day (more than half of which are during business hours), ...
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How long should I wait before re-contacting someone I've interviewed with for a web development/programming job? [closed]

After the interview has occurred, and after the thank you letter has been sent, how long should I wait to re-contact them? Should I wait two weeks? One week?
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How to answer the question whether I'm a front-end, middle-tier or back-end developer

This was an interview question I got asked. As a software developer I work on whatever task is assigned to me, sometimes it's a GUI component requiring me to add a new dialog box, or change the ...
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What are the pros and cons for the employer of code questions during an interview?

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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Microsoft SDE Interview vs Microsoft SDET Interview and Resources to Study

I have always heard that SDE interviews are much harder to crack than SDET. Is it really true? I have also heard that if candidate doesnt do well in SDE interview he is also sometimes offered SDET ...
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Object Oriented Programming Concepts and Interviews

I'm an Object Oriented Programming fanatic. I have always believed in modelling solutions in terms of objects. It is something that comes to me naturally. I work with a services start up that ...
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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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Would you hire programmers without a 4-year college degree? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a university education really worth it for a good programmer? There're many talented programmers who didn't go to school and who accumulate tons of personal projects. ...
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Is big-O really that relevant when working in industry?

In every interview I have been in, I have been quizzed on mathematical analysis of complexity, including big-O notation. My question is, how relevant is this test to development in industry? How often ...