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

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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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Does it look bad to take a break between programming jobs? [closed]

I've been working the same software development job for a few years now but the culture (or lack of proper culture) of the place has finally gotten to me and I have given my notice. To be brief: The ...
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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

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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Do programmers (using an IDE) need to know namespaces? [duplicate]

I got into a discussion with a coworker over an interview question that was asked of a potential employee. "Name some namespaces/what do they do/what namespace is involved with x". I'm of the opinion ...
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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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Problems for Sample Code [closed]

I was recently asked to write some sample code that solves a difficult technical problem. I've been mulling over what kinds of problems might be good to solve in code to demonstrate my skills in such ...
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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, ...
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Program to verify all words in a crossword puzzle are valid

I have my own solution and wanted to check it against something online but couldn't find any examples. How would you solve this one. (I can post my code if necessary). I just want to see if someone ...
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What are some JavaScript selectors? [closed]

I was at an interview recently and although they knew that I was a beginner in javascript they asked me what selectors I used before? I didn't know what to say. I came back home and searched for it ...
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Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given

Given some random letters , For example "a,e,o,g,z,k,l,j,w,n" and a dictionary.Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given I was going through some old interview questions and ...
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Technical interview graphics-related concepts fundamentals [closed]

I'm having a technical interview with a graphics society in a few time and I'd like to expand my knowledge related to the following subjects: TLB (translation lookaside buffers and their role) low ...
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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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What are some guidelines for submitting test cases with the code for an interview question? [closed]

I was interviewed by a big internet company. After describing the problem to solve, the interviewer requested that I also submit test cases with the code via email. I'm not sure if I should reveal ...
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what to make of a Microsoft Most-Valued-Professional who believes that .NET types are either primitive or complex? [closed]

I thought that in .NET types are either value types or reference types. But this guy, when asked about .NET types, talked about "primitive types" and "complex types". I understand that people ...
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What is meant by Distributed Systems Coding interview questions

I was told that I will be asked coding questions in my interview and that the context will be related to Distributed Systems (I took ONE Distributed Systems course and I don't even remember much from ...
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Interview - Create a portfolio to show my skills [closed]

I have around five years of experience in PHP development and around one year of experience with ExpressionEngine. I use PHP 5, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other web technologies. I decided to create ...
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Developed a web site - How to explain in an interview [closed]

I developed a e-commerce site for a major company. I did not create some kind of a document to show how the data flows between pages. I used: PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ExpressionEngine, plugins ...
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Are there any tools for remote coding interview? [closed]

Firstly, I'm not exactly sure if this question is a better fit over here, or on workplace.SE. So forgive me if it is in the wrong place. We are interviewing some candidates for a development ...
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Interview puzzle on traveling on a line segment

Here's an interesting question I came upon: Let's just say on a number line of length M, where 0 < M <= 1,000,000,000, you given N (1 < N <= 100,000) integer pairs of points. In each ...
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When do you 'speak' C++ fluently? [closed]

I see that many companies require the same skill. This skill is often described as following: "Applicants are required to speak C++ fluently." I never really understand what fluent meant for ...
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Criticizing your former employer in an interview [closed]

I'm a very junior developer fresh out of college, and in my first programming job. I'm pretty unhappy with my current company-the software engineering standards here are pretty shoddy-the code base is ...
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What are some interview questions I can expect for a technical evaluation? [closed]

I am 20 years old and I've been doing some web development work for about 2 years or so. I have an interview for a Junior Web Developer position and the company knows that but I'll still be going ...
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What's the point of those technique detailed interview question for Senior dev? [closed]

I've had an internal promotion interview for gain a higher level programmer title, something like Senior plus. And I've been interviewed by around 7 people using different technology, and people ...
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More comfortable working on the backend, often referred for role on the front end

I have applied and have been approached for different roles in web development recently. The one thing that keeps coming up is that I am more suited to front end development than back end development. ...
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Programming interview question on Trees

I was asked this interview question at a top internet website company recently. Certain empty glasses of water are arranged in the following order When you pour liquid into the 1st glass if ...
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Using the STL to solve interview questions? [closed]

If I'm undergoing a technical interview that's based on my C++ skills, would most companies allow or expect me to use STL containers to solve problems? I think it's clear that if a question is ...
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software design interview questions [closed]

I am preparing for an interview at google, and it will involve programming questions as well as design questions. I have done interviews with facebook and amazon, and I didn't do well in the design ...