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Is there an appropriate coding style for implementing an algorithm during an interview? [closed]

I failed an interview question in C years ago about converting hex to decimal by not exploiting the ASCII table if (inputDigitByte > 9) hex = inputDigitByte - 'a'. The rise of Unicode has made ...
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Should I give the answer to a failed interview coding exercise? [closed]

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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Programming Interview : How to debug a program? [closed]

I was recently asked the following question in an interview : How do you debug a C++ program ? I started by explaining that programs may have syntax and semantic errors. Compiler reports the ...
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How do you coordinate with co-workers to give a balanced interview? [closed]

My company has been conducting a lot of interviews lately for candidates with various experience levels, ranging from interns to senior candidates. We put our candidates through five 45 minute ...
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Intern Screening - Software 'Quiz' [closed]

I am in charge of selecting a new software development intern for a company that I work with. I wanted to throw a little 'quiz' at the applicants before moving forth with interviews so as to weed out ...
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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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Learning good OOP design and unlearning some bad habits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What books or resources would you recommend to learn practical OO design and development concepts? I have been mostly a C programmer so far in my career with knowledge of C+...
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Hiring Developers - Any tips on being more efficient? [closed]

I represent a software company that is in process of building a large software development team. We are picky in who we hire and have really good retention rate (most of the devs have been here for an ...
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Using “Google Guava” in coding interviews [closed]

I attended a in-person interview recently and performed well. But surprisingly I got rejected. When I asked the HR for reason, he contacted the technical interviewer and told me that I was ...
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What should my “large codebase sample” look like? [closed]

If an employer asks for a large code sample, one for an entire project, what characteristics should the project have to show architectural skills and the ability to manage a large codebase? For ...
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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?
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Do other developers feel that as they get better, it becomes harder to get jobs? [closed]

When I was starting out, it seemed I had a much better time getting interviews and passing them. But now that I'm more experienced, I'm finding that its harder and harder to find a job. Do other ...
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What's a good, quick algorithms refresh? [closed]

I have programming interviews coming up in a couple weeks. I took an algorithms class a while ago but likely forgot some key concepts. I'm looking for something like a very short book (< 100 ...
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Grading an algorithm: Readability vs. Compactness [closed]

Consider the following exam / interview question: Implement the strcpy() function in C: void strcpy(char *destination, char *source); The strcpy function copies the C string pointed by source into ...
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Is it OK to mix C and C++ in an interview? [closed]

If I am asked in an interview to write down some code, should I completely stick with C++ or is it acceptable to "mix" the two to write easy code as it comes to my mind? I'll explain it: if I'm asked ...
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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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Why don't interviewers ask the applicant to read some code? [closed]

I had a dozen interviews in my life (I'm about to graduate) and I wonder why I was only once asked to read and explain some code. Roughly, 90% jobs are mostly about maintaining existing systems. IMO ...
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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 is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.? [closed]

My resume is no longer relevant. It can no longer contain an adequate description of my technical abilities. One can get a much better sense of what I am capable of by looking at my GitHub ...
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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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What's the best lesson you have learned in your career? [closed]

I think mine is "there's no such thing as a five minute job" - that programmers tend to be overly optimistic about development and that we should really think through a the implications before ...
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To be an interviewer - Java [closed]

The internet is full of references on how to get prepared for an interview. Many websites are loaded with questions and answers. But I can't find any useful information about what exactly an ...
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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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Should java developers know about garbage collection algorithms? [closed]

I have been recently asked in an interview if I know about any garbage collection algorithms. I knew what garbage collection is but I never really thought about learning about garbage collection ...
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Taking Object Oriented development to the next level [closed]

Can you mention some advanced OO topics or concepts that one should be aware of? I have been a developer for 2 years now and currently aiming for a certain company that requires a web developer with ...
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Is it common for a programmer not to know the difference between C and C++? [closed]

During an interview, I was asked whether I knew the difference between C and C++. I was wondering why such question being asked?
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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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How do the algorithms to solve problems encountered in interviews translate into real world solutions? [closed]

I have recently finished an undergraduate course in computer science and I am looking for a job. During the search I encountered several interesting (and tough) problems that needed clever algorithms ...
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How can I evaluate a candidate's knowledge of Html/CSS during an interview? [closed]

I am trying to determine some good interview questions to assess the ability of people coming in for a Html/CSS job, however that topic is extremely broad, and I'm not sure what sort of questions I ...
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How to handle interview questions on programming style [closed]

As a C++-programmer in interviews I repeatedly found myself in situations were the interviewer wanted to probe my knowledge of good programming style. These typically were centered around basic ...
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Interview assignment: how long is reasonable? [closed]

So I'm hiring for a senior developer/team lead role for an ASP.NET MVC3 project. This is a big deal position for our team as this person will lead one of our two main products--a product that hasn't ...
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Are there currently any modern, standardized, aptitude test for software engineering? [closed]

Background I am a working software engineer who is in the midst of seeking out a new contract for the next year or so. In my search, I am enduring several absurd technical interviews as indicated by ...
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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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JavaScript Phone Screen [closed]

For a simple phone screen question we generally always ask about scoping rules. It's clearly one of the biggest gotchas of JavaScript. Out of everyone we ask almost everyone insists that in an if or ...
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Web Developer interview questions [closed]

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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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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What are the most important OO skills to show off in the job hunt? [closed]

I am in the market for new employment, and found a position were they asked me to create a programming sample based off an assignment. I blew the sample trying to get it done quickly one night, and ...
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Are time restrictions on technical tests a good thing? [closed]

So we're having an internal debate on whether the time restriction that we have in place for our technical test a good thing. I thought I would open it out to the community. So what are your thoughts ...
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What aspects of a project should be covered when presenting it in an interview? [closed]

I am working as a .Net developer for a couple of years. I don't have experience in presenting projects but I have an interview and I will be expected to present the projects that I worked on in the ...
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How to check or assess debugging skills of a person? [closed]

What kind of skills determine a person that is capable of debugging code with ease? Some time ago my friend carried out an interview with a relatively good programmer. The programmer got hired. He ...
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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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The Joel Test's equivalent for measuring a programmer [closed]

I understand that to measure a project or code, we can use The Joel Test, but is there any simple standard test (like The Joel Test) that is able to measure and filter how good a programmer is? My ...
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Should I drop in on local businesses and offer my services as an intern to get experience? [closed]

I am trying to get an entry-level developer job, but have no relevant experience. I am able to code C#, SQL, HTML, and CSS and understand principles of OOP and have completed a couple of applications ...
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Can I advance my career in the USA if I lack local networking? [closed]

I'm a web developer with 10 years of experience in the Microsoft stack. I was brought to the US by my company, but my contract has ended. I want to continue pursuing a career in the US, but it seems ...
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better way to learn programming with the intention of getting a job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get a job with no experience? So I've worked on a desktop software coding Swing GUI for past 2 years. I feel that even having a live website selling my java desktop ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to ask an interviewer what the greatest strength and weakness of their development team is? [closed]

I was wondering if this was a good question to ask a possible employer when interviewing for a developer position: What is the greatest strength and weakness of your development team? We all get ...
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How to handle onsite interviews with multiple companies? [closed]

I currently live in Thailand now. I have done phone interviews with few companies in San Francisco and passed all of them. Now the problem is I have onsite interviews with 3 companies, and they are ...
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Do coding puzzles make good interview questions [closed]

I am interviewing candidates for Java programmer positions. My colleague insists in filling more than half of the interview with java coding puzzles.His view is that, if candidates are able to ...
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Why do technical/programming phone screens focus on inheritance? [closed]

I've noticed that in most technical phone screens, programming questions tend to focus on inheritance. For instance: If a class is intended to be inherited, what should you do with the destructor? (...