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How can I gauge a candidate's ability to learn in an interview? [closed]

We are hiring for a small development department within a medium sized company for which software is not the main line of business. As such, we are attempting to recruit what we have labeled a Senior ...
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Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation? [closed]

Reading this site and SO I've seen many stories of interview questions and answers saying a candidate had to implement a linked list from scratch. Usually this is a "gimme" exercise for programming ...
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How to react to wrong/not answered questions during interview? [closed]

Today I have held my first interview with potential interns. While this has been mostly open questions, I have had some trivial programming tasks for them: Write a function that returns true if ...
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How can I answer interview questions about developing in a team when I've always been a lone developer? [closed]

In an interview, I was asked about about my experiences in developing in team settings. However, I've been self taught and have only worked on projects on my own. How would you go about answering this ...
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UI Developer Interview Question [closed]

I keep getting the following question in interviews; and judging from the reactions I've gotten, I'm not giving the best answer. "What methodology do you use for developing user interfaces?" Which ...
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interview for an internship but I think I may be unprepared [closed]

I have an interview for a C++ internship position. Now, the thing is I've taken two out of three quarters of the basic CS classes (in C++) at my community college and we covered the basics up to ...
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Rate your programming language expertise by language concepts [closed]

I am looking for a good way to rate the expertise in a particular programming language. The idea arose when I found the following article: Taking falsely all the credits? You don't know JavaScript. It ...
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How would you explain HTTP to a lay person [closed]

I got this question in one of the interviews I took. I started by explaining that it is like a set of rules that should be followed while moving resources around, but I did not feel convinced. Is ...
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Want to do some damage control [closed]

I applied for a job in a company. The initial conversation went well.They sent me an assignment and asked me to write a web application, and send it in a specified time. It seemed fairly simple. I ...
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Job title on Curriculum Vitae [closed]

Right now I'm preparing my CV. I think it's relevant to mention that I'm not native English speaker and my question is half-linguistic, half-programming related. I've been professionally hired as ...
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How effective are “game programs” in interviews? [closed]

I write business applications for a living. Often, for whatever reason, an interviewer asks me to write up a program to solve some kind of game like problem. I find this to be an inappropriate ...
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Why was I asked general, non-technical questions during an interview? [closed]

I got through the first phone interview at Amazon last week and they asked some basic technical questions during that interview. Today, I had my second phone-interview and I prepared myself well ...
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Should an interviewer be prepared to answer any question he asks? [closed]

As I gain more professional experience, I've become a bit more skeptical about a lot of the politics of the interview process. In particular, I'm curious to know if y'all think it's ok to ask the ...
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How can I inspire engineers to positively conduct telephone interviews [closed]

Our (mid-size) company (with 150 employees) has witnessed considerable growth since last year, and as a result we have been conducting lots of interviews to hire more and more engineers to bring new ...
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What are some FizzBuzz-type questions for web or SQL developers? [closed]

After a while, we are hiring again, and I'm reviewing tests for programmers; some of them are a bit out of date. What are some of the FizzBuzz-type questions for web developers and SQL? That is, not ...
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Giving away sensitive information about previous employers during interview [closed]

When you are being interviewed by potential future employers, it is of course of benefit to both parties to discuss what your previous job entailed (ie, what you have been doing for the last few years)...
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Which questions a Software Developer/Sr. Software Developer (non-DBA, non-Database Enigneer) should be able to answer about databases? [closed]

I am a Java developer and most of my experience is on Java. But sometimes I have face some database related questions in the interviews. Hence I wanted to ask that from the interview point of view, ...
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Saying “I don't know” in a technical interview [closed]

If asked a series of technical questions in a programming interview, does it look bad to admit when you don't know the answer to a question? In other words, does admission make you look incompetent ...
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How to interview a natural scientist for a dev position? [closed]

Original Question I already did some interviews for my company, mostly computer scientists for dev positions but also some testers and project managers. Now I have to fill a vacancy in our research ...
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Piece of code for interview debugging abilities test? [closed]

May be someone has a piece of code, that would work as a test for debugging abilities? We will give ability to use Visual Studio, so it should be hardly solvable by doing manual tracing and show us, ...
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Interviewing Process (using blank paper etc) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the pros and cons for the employer of code questions during an interview? I am curious to know why do companies hand you a blank paper and ask you to write code? ...
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Is it wise to ask about design decisions made on a product during an interview? [closed]

I've been thinking about interview questions lately and I've been reflecting on bad interview experiences I've had in the past. One of particular note is where I had asked the interviewer why the team ...
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How Do I interview Front-End Web Developers? [closed]

For the first time I'm in the position where I'm helping interview potential front-end developers. The other interviewer is more business & PM-focused, although he is a former developer. I probe ...
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What kind of test should be given to Java EE programmers? [closed]

I'm looking to hire developers and I wish to test them. I have been especially told by my boss that we should have programmers on board that can consult on banking sector software and I'm to come up ...
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How can I test PHP skills in a interview? [closed]

My company needs to hire a PHP developer, but nobody has PHP knowledge in my company and we find difficult to test for PHP skills. If it were a C/Java developer I would ask him to write a quick ...
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Preparing for algorithm-related interview questions [closed]

So, I've just realized that some employers may ask an interview question that is relative to some complex mathematical algorithm. It seems like answering these questions is a skill in its own right. ...
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I keep failing hands on part of the interview, suggestions? [closed]

So I have a couple of software/site in my portfolio. They make money but not a whole lot. So I decided to get some job experience, mainly applying to Java/PHP junior development positions. The ...
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The dreaded C# programming interview test - any advice? [closed]

I have a possible C# dev job lined up but before I can interview, I need to pass a test with the employment agency. Now even though I am a senior developer with over 10 years of programming ...
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How do you keep track of your past projects? [closed]

After having hard time trying to remember details of my past projects several years ago I was wondering how programmers usually keep track of that? This kind of information comes handy with job ...
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what is a good way to show mysql experience? [closed]

As always, if this is a duplicate question that I have yet to uncover, please feel free to close or delete it. I'm attempting to get into the programming industry. I've focused mainly on PHP due to ...
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What is the best book to prepare for a Java interview? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? I found older questions but I was wondering if newer, better books/guides have been published in the last two ...
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Are 9 to 5 programmers looked down upon?

I would consider myself a 9 to 5 programmer. What I mean by this, is that I have a programming job, but after I leave work, I leave my work there and do not take it home. I very much enjoy my career ...
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Should interviews for programming positions be CS knowledge focused or behavioral focused? [closed]

It appears that many interview related questions on this site are focused on testing traditional CS knowledge, such as: Algorithms Data structures Programming language/environments Obviously the ...
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As an iOS developer, what type of technical interview questions should you be prepared with? [closed]

I just finished a technical interview yesterday and the interviewer asked about graph theory, data structure, and traversals. This has nothing to do with iOS stuff. So I came un-prepared. This was ...
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Do technical interviews tend to be subjective? [closed]

Based on my experience in technical interviews, I have found that most tend to be subjective because the interviewer already has his own answer. Even though the answer from the candidate is correct, ...
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3answers
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Object-Oriented Design of Car [closed]

While I am studying for job interview, I got this kind of OOD questions a lot. But from my TDD perspective, I think it would be reasonable to ask more about use-cases of (or requirements for) the Car. ...
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How much does/should your style imply about your skill in a language? [closed]

Two things I've noticed in the past week that make me wonder: An interview where my Perl skills were reviewed. I always use C-style for loops and use map about once in every 10,000 lines of code, so ...
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Interviewing someone for general unix skills [closed]

How would you test a developer that claims to have *nix shell experience (just to be clear, we don't want to test if someone can develop on *nix, only that they know their way around the command line)....
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Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness? [closed]

After seeing this question today on variation of the FizzBuzz interview question, as well as seeing other questions related to it around, I have to ask: is there any formal research on how effective ...
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What are the best FizzBuzz questions for interviewing a candidate for a Software Developer role? [closed]

I'm looking for some advice on interviewing technical candidates. I touched on this briefly in a question I previously asked: template questions in a technical interview and was informed that FizzBuzz ...
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Interviews: How far to go on DVCS experience? [closed]

I've been interviewing some potential interns for a project I'm working on. We use git, so I'm looking for someone familiar with DVCS (or SVN/CVS or a desire to learn). A response that threw me off ...
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Why would an employee not be allowed to share techniques? [closed]

Few days back, I faced two interviews. It's obvious that they are going to ask about the different techniques I have learned. So, I gave them link of my tutorials while giving telephonic interview (...
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Don't like my current job, want to leave, how to explain this in a job interview? [closed]

A few years ago I immigrated to another country and early last year I managed to get my master's degree. Back then I was desperately looking for a job and I was fortunate to get offered a job in a ...
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How important is it to be syntactically correct during an interview? [closed]

When asking an interview candidate to write a program on the whiteboard, do you expect the candidate to write code that is syntactically correct? I had two candidates, one of which wrote a ...
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What are good questions to ask a sales engineer candidate? [closed]

What are good interview questions to ask a candidate for a sales engineer position? We're an enterprise software company and the candidate we hire needs to be able to (and I think this holds for any ...
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What should I expect from a technical evaluation for C++? [closed]

I have been asked to go for a technical test/evaluation for a job as a junior developer, mainly using C++. This is my first test/evaluation, and it is 2 hours long. My C++ is a bit rusty as I have ...
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how could I interview for a C# position if I master Java [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Interviewing a developer who's skilled in a language you don't know I must interview people for a C# position we have. I work on the java side of the project, and ...
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Should the gating question in hiring a web developer be “Have you by yourself, or with one or two partners, ever brought a product to market?” [closed]

I've just met a guy, an engineer but a software naif, who's designed, produced, and is now selling a very nice product, a backyard zip line. He devised a new braking system for the thing and has a ...
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Are questions about the Singleton pattern a good way to evaluate a job applicant? [closed]

I have been recently assigned the task of taking interviews in my company. I have been taking interviews of developers and engineers with atleast 5-6 years of experience. One of my favorite question ...
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Requiring Programming Portfolios In Interviews/Recruiting [closed]

I've heard about a few mentioning of programming portfolios. A programming portfolio being a significant amount of code or code segments. Is a programming portfolio a good indicator of the quality ...