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

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When interviewing programmers, are algorithm problem solving skills relevant for a job were solving such algoritm problems isn't normally needed? [closed]

Software created for some business domains don't require heavy use of algorithm problem solving skills on the job from the programmers working there. For example, a JEE developer might most of the ...
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How to scope code base health when interviewing for new a company? [duplicate]

I've recently started working for an awesome company, on a product which is a steaming pile once you go under the hood. Apart from asking for a code review (which I doubt I'd get anyway), what are ...
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How to identify potential for becoming a programmer [closed]

There's heaps of information out there on hiring someone who's already a programmer. (Or claims to be one.) But what about identifying someone who has the potential to become a programmer, with ...
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An intern interview with Microsoft [closed]

I'm currently in my second year(Computer Science and Mathematics). In two days I have an interview on campus with Microsoft. I'm a bit nervous, because this will be my first in person interview. I ...
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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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Implementing basic data structures in programming interviews [closed]

I have been preparing to do my first technical interview in a month, and I have a question about implementing common data structures like stacks or linked lists. I plan to do the interview in either ...
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Database is performing slow, even all the tables are having normalization

One of the interviewers asked me this question: Tables are created with appropriate normalization rules, However the database is performing slow. [Ie.: The select, insert statements are taking ...
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Interview Coding Assignments… how much do they account for? [closed]

So I've ran into a couple of companies that requires completing coding assignments before they give you a phone interview. I'm curious, do these coding assignments account for anything after the ...
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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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Open source project question in interview [closed]

I've recently applied for a position as C# developer, and during the interview, the interviewers asked me many times if I contribute to develop one or more open source project. Since they let me ...
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Is there more to being a programmer than what I'm being exposed to? [closed]

I've been working as a programmer for almost 3 years now. Goes without saying that this is the first job that I got as a programmer after graduating from college. Anyways, I went for an interview at ...
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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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Problem solving skills and job interviews [closed]

Probably few of you are interviewing wannabe programmers. I'm 28, never worked as a programmer, but spent few months learning C and solving problems. I loved it so much that I do it every day just ...
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Is over-engineering a warning sign? [closed]

So we present a straightforward coding exercise to new candidates with some well defined requirements. Occasionally we receive solutions which don't really solve the problem at hand, but are ...
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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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Interview question “What is virtual function”

It was funny for me, and I'm interesting the reaction for this question of the community. It was interview for C++/Qt developer, and question was asked "What is virtual function". Not something like ...
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Finding an object on an infinite line

Question: There is an infinite line. You are standing at a particular point you can either move 1 step forward or 1 step backward. You have to search for an object in that infinite line. Your object ...
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Pre-Interview Screening Questions [closed]

I need to hire a senior software developer. I've switched to a new recruiter and he's asked for about 3 questions to ask each candidate on the phone that he'll send the answers to when I see the CV ...
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Without C++-like destructors, how do we return resources that aren't managed by garbage collector in Java? [duplicate]

I'm in a job hunting. And in my CV I placed a skill list like: Skills: C/C++/Java/... The most common question I got is: "hem, since you are familiar with both C++ and Java, can you tell some ...
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Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language?

I am learning Python currently which wasn't part of my college curriculum. I was asked in an interview why I chose Python and I replied that it is easy to learn and the documentation is very well ...
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1h coding test for recruitement interview, is it a common practice [closed]

I received an email for a web company position I applied to. They are asking me to provide a 1h time slot, so that they can make me pass a coding test. They'll send the test, start the time, and 1h ...
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Interviewer gives wrong answers to their own questions [closed]

I have taken some C and C++ interviews in India and I must say I am quite disappointed by the kind of questions Indian interviewers ask. They expect black-n-white answers to questions and wont accept ...
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What do other languages offer when it comes to infrastructure technology that could indicate its advantage over C in the future?

I have been going through interview questions and I saw one which made me stop and think for a while. It starts with a quote and asks about your interpretation and whether you agree or not. "For ...
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Will a MQ topic persist messages when one of the consumers is down

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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Getting first job without a technical degree [duplicate]

How difficult would it be for someone with a college degree in social science to land their first job as a junior developer? This is assuming they have experience with open source projects, have a ...
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Trying to get first software job…Having tremendous difficulty (BS degree from top state school) [closed]

I have years of Java coding experience, but no apps or code samples of my own. 1)Will an Android/iOS app help me get into Enterprise Java work, or because the fields are so different will it be ...
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Do we set the bar too high by requiring that code tests not suffer from buffer overflow?

We are currently recruiting for a Junior Developer position working mainly in C on Linux. As part of the process, we require candidates to complete a code test at their leisure in C. So far we have ...
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What is the intention behind asking weight of plane?

I was asked this question "How would you find weight of Aeroplane" in an interview and I am not sure why this question was one of the two question asked in the interview. I tried to answer it using ...
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Find pattern in a string

How would one approach the following question: We have two strings: a normal alphanumeric string and a pattern string. the pattern string can be composed by alphanumeric chars plus the char "?" and ...
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Pre-screening coding test - How long is reasonable? [closed]

EDIT After a good amount of thinking and self-reflection on the topic, I realised that most of the issues I raised in this question was coming only from a personal, rather than a professional ...
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Flowgraph Aptitude question

I recently looked a Flow-Graph question. Consider 8 boxes with following values Box 1 = 2 Box 2 = 7 Box 3 = 2 Box 4 = 1 Box 5 = 5 Box 6 = 7 Box 7 = 1 Box 8 = 4 Now follow the instructions: Put ...
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Good coding problem/s to use in an interview [closed]

I've read a lot of different articles on how to locate good programmers, including the Joel Spolsky and Steve Yegge stuff. Overall I feel we have a pretty good interview process. We ask good ...
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Job interview for Trainee Programmer, how to increase chances of success? [closed]

I have my first programming job interview today (in a few hours!) and would like some advice. The job title is Trainee Programmer and it is for a secure printing company. I have found a lot on the ...
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Development Test Interview [closed]

I have a development test I am required to solve a given problem with any language of my liking in about 8 hours. The company is GFI if anyone was wondering. How can I truly prepare for such a test?
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Interviews that include Algorithms and Data Structures

I want to start looking for jobs in great companies and I have four years of enterprise corporations development, three years with C#.NET and alomst one year with Ruby On Rails, JS, etc... But when I ...
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Suggestion for a Non-CSE developer [closed]

Due to financial problems, I couldn't go for CSE in my country and had to settle for a BCIS honors degree. Now, after quite some time, when I want to go for a higher position in software development ...
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How can I figure out whether developers at a company are passionate?

I've read the question "How can I tell in an interview if a programmer is passionate about programming?". Now I'm struggling with the reverse: I'll have an interview at a company. How can I figure out ...
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Should I be worried about overengineering programming assignments given during interview process?

I recently had a phone interview with a company. After that phone interview, I was told to complete a short programming assignment (a small program; shouldn't take more than three hours). I'm only ...
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Mnemonic for always overriding equals when you override hashCode?

We java developers always know that you should always override equals() when you override hashCode(), but I consistently have trouble remembering this rule. What is a clever mnemonic to help Java ...
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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 expect from a 'peer interview' for a new grad position? [duplicate]

I apologize if something like this has been asked, I did try to look for something similar. I am graduating May 16th, and I applied for a position posted as '.NET Application Developer' requiring 1-2 ...
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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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Moving forward in the programming world

I have been placed in a recent position where my job title does not adequately represent what my current duties entail. I am worried that this classification will affect me later in my career as the ...
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What is a development stack?

I am just now in the process of looking for jobs as I am about to graduate from college. An interviewer asked me what my current 'development stack' is? I know this is probably a really basic ...
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How common is it for a team to write everything in-house?

In a recent interview I asked the interviewers "how do you go about evaluating new technologies and libraries (such as SignalR) and bringing them in to use?". They said they don't, that instead they ...
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How do I evaluate programming interview preparation websites? [closed]

I ran across the CareerCup website which says they can help prepare you for programming interviews with various US based top tech companies. They don't "guarantee" anything, and the site appears to be ...
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Interview for UX/UI Javascript [closed]

I am interviewing for a job where the requirements are for... UX practice with UI and Javascript expertise I am expecting questions perhaps about MVC, maybe some specific frameworks, like backbone, ...
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Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews? [duplicate]

I'll start with a brief background: my degree is in Recording Arts, so mainly audio engineering and stuff relating to the music industry, with some synthesis and stuff which was my link into coding ...
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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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In an interview, is it better to code a brute-force solution to a tough question, or to spend the interview examining the question carefully?

Sometimes interview questions are hard, whether the interviewer intends them to be, or not. It can come down to a choice of whether to use the limited interview time to code up an ugly, inefficient, ...