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Is there an analogue to “FizzBuzz” for choosing clients? [closed]

This is for the freelancers. In my past life as a full-time employee, I was involved in hiring and interviewed a good number of developers. I learned that it was much more valuable to see a developer ...
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5answers
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Java SE and Java EE? [duplicate]

I was now talking with some people and they told me that if i was intrested in a job in the future for Java programming i should not spend too much time only learning Java SE i should spend time ...
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11answers
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Company wants thoughts about their site during interview [closed]

I have an initial phone interview coming up with a company for a Senior Web Developer position and in the email they asked to prepare by signing up on their site because they'd like to hear my ...
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2answers
25k views

How to deal with OOP design problems in interviews? [closed]

This is a question where I seek guidance from fellow/senior developers to get into my dream company - it's a pioneer in OOP and Agile. I've already failed once to clear an interview. One part I feel ...
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8answers
1k views

How important is it for a programmer to know how to optimize code, solve complex puzzles, answer technical questions quickly? [closed]

So I'm in the process of looking for a job. And I have had plenty of test and just recently someone sent me a puzzle. It's the crackless wall problem and I have no idea how to approach it. I could ...
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7answers
983 views

How can I show aptitude to prospective employers when my all my work is on internal projects? [closed]

I've been in my current position for a long time (10 years) and in that time, I feel like I've performed well as a designer, system architect, and programmer. However, all that work has been on ...
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3answers
19k views

Good way to learn how to solve questions on InterviewStreet [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do I adapt to pre-interview challenge questions? InterviewStreet is a new company that essentially acts as a filter for companies to find programmers that can code. My ...
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7answers
12k views

How can I get better at whiteboard interview questions? [closed]

I have sat on interviews and noticed a big disparity between individuals of similar competency at answering questions on a whiteboard during an interview. Generally, being able to clearly explain ...
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2answers
684 views

How to interview for .NET/C# job a guy with experience on Progress? [closed]

It is clearer how to interview someone experienced in Java / C++ or other languages closer to C#. In these cases the language and specific technologies are less important; what matters are the OOP ...
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3answers
472 views

Interviewing a Senior Dev when they will be far more competent at programming than the interviewer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you interview someone with more experience than you? Next week i'll be interviewing some contractors for a 6-month senior Dev position on a project. I'm an OK ...
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9answers
1k views

Submit code during interview [closed]

I'm interviewing for a position at an internet startup. The position relates to doing data mining on their very large database of user information. As part of the (long-distance) interview procedure ...
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6answers
16k views

Can a fresher from a college write design patterns under “area of interests ” in resume? [closed]

I have keen interest in design patterns. I have been reading a lot about them. Specially, from HEAD FIRST. Can I write about design patterns in my resume? I am a fresher. Going to sit in on-campus ...
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6answers
938 views

Interviewing a developer who's skilled in a language you don't know [duplicate]

Background: I'm an experienced developer and technical architect (C#, Delphi, Java, Clojure, Assembler, Perl, various esoteric functional programming languages) We need to hire some Ruby developers ...
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3answers
881 views

Importance of algorithms in a telephonic interview [closed]

I had taken a telephonic interview and the interviewer has given some problem for which I was supposed to give him the algorithm. Since its was a telephonic interview and I had no paper or pen, so I ...
102
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16answers
24k views

How can I tell in an interview if a programmer is passionate about programming? [closed]

While most interview questions are focused on current knowledge of a candidate or check his/her skill to solve algorithmic problems I would like to hire a developer who is passionate about programming....
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8answers
1k views

Should I work for free while applying for a job? [closed]

An employer usually asks a candidate to do a small project at home ("homework") as a part of applying for a job. Last time I applied for a job (as a web developer), there were aproximately 10 ...
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5answers
2k views

Bypass HR to get an interview [closed]

I recently sent in an application for a position that I am qualified for and received this response: "We regret to inform you that your current qualifications do not match those needed for our current ...
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8answers
3k views

How to fail an interview? [closed]

Imagine a situation where several people are sent to an interview and only one has to pass. His knowledge is enough for the project. However, the customer asked for the several candidates so he can ...
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10answers
3k views

Interview: Review another developer's code [closed]

One of my colleagues recently left and I've been asked to review the code of an interviewee coming in to replace him. I have no idea what code he'll bring along with him and moreover have never been ...
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14answers
2k views

Do companies hire software developers that are aspiring entrepreneurs? [closed]

There are developers out there that not only write code and solve problems, but aspire to one day be an entrepreneur and run their own company. They may participate in open source projects, go to ...
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3answers
3k views

iOS developer interview question doubts [closed]

How deep should an iOS developer review data structure & algorithm when preparing for iOS job interview position? I know most people would just say there's no harm in reviewing it, but would like ...
2
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6answers
801 views

Interview Assignment: Production, Bug-free, or Bells & Whistles? [closed]

I was given a small project to complete over the weekend for an interview. Not a very difficult project at all. Fortunately, I was able to spend all my time designing, developing, and testing the ...
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4answers
5k views

What to explain when asked “How did you implement MVC”? [closed]

I have a project on my resume in which we had used MVC Architecture and Java, JSP and MySQL. Hence during the interviews if the position requires experience about MVC Architecture, I have to face the ...
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5answers
18k views

How do you answer “explain current architecture of your project” question in interviews? [closed]

The application which I am working on currently is a bit huge. It cannot be explained in 15 minutes or so. Last time I ended up drawing some class diagrams and how they are linked, but I could see ...
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5answers
2k views

How to Evaluate a Programmer's Communication Skills [closed]

If I was interested in interview questions like "Describe how you explained a difficult technical issue to a non-technical person" I would use the Googles to search on communication skill interview ...
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3answers
274 views

Need help on understanding few OOP & programming related concepts [closed]

I been struggling to understand few concepts but no success yet. Can someone help me to understand that with simple example and definition please. 1 - Delegates in .NET 2 - Abstraction 3 - Three ...
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4answers
3k views

I had a bad job interview, but still got the job. How do I handle the relationship with my new manager? [closed]

I participated in a set of interviews for a position in which I was hired recently. During the interview process I was interviewed 6 seperate times. 3 technical interviews and 3 situational / ...
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5answers
682 views

Interviewing: Company deals with huge amounts of data? [closed]

A company I'm going to interview with says they deal with huge amounts of data. How does one prepare for an interview where that fact is telegraphed beforehand as something that one really ought to ...
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7answers
16k views

How do I prepare for an 'aptitude for programming' test? [closed]

I have a job interview tomorrow and it's for a junior web developer role. I am really excited about it because I really want to get my foot in the door in this industry. I have been told how the ...
4
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8answers
12k views

Learning Java in a couple of days and preparing interview presentation [closed]

I know its not possible to 'know' or 'learn' Java fully in a couple of days but I really need some help on this guys. I have just graduated from university with a degree in computer science. The ...
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14answers
4k views

Comparing one's self to others during interviews [closed]

I'm often asked at some point during the interview process to compare myself to my peers. For example, one of my first after-graduation jobs asked me to compare myself to my classmates. A job I ...
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3answers
1k views

How to determine number of resources to be allocated in a software project? [closed]

Last day I have been interviewed and the interviewer asked me as given the outline of a project, how can we determine the number of resources to be needed for the same? I don't know to do so. Is ...
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4answers
2k views

What if you don't have code samples to give a prospective employer? [duplicate]

What do you do when you don't have any good code samples available when asked by a prospective employer? I like to consider myself a fairly capable developer but I can't share any of the software I've ...
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7answers
2k views

Should you answer programming interview questions with library? [closed]

Some questions can be answered easily by using specific language library. For example Java has Set, Maps, and List. Is it possible to answer those coding questions during interview by using these ...
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15answers
4k views

Would it be dishonest to use side tools during a phone interview? [closed]

A lot of time for decent tech jobs you have to go through a phone screening process. If you suck over the phone you generally don't get a chance to show how bad ass you are in person. These ...
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4answers
13k views

Interview approaches and questions for a software developer intern [closed]

What are some good ideas, common approaches and appropriate questions that you would bring when interviewing a software development intern to join your team? I really don't have expectations of any ...
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6answers
932 views

Floyd's algorithm [closed]

Is it possible(expected) for an individual to figure out(having never seen it before) the algorithm if asked at an interview? What other problems have equally interesting solutions? Edit: Due to the ...
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6answers
4k views

Is “Explain the RAII idiom” a good C++ screening question? [closed]

A company that I work with has asked me to do candidate phone screenings to make sure they aren't completely embarrassed when sending over someone to a potential client. It turns out that a fair ...
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5answers
8k views

How much can you talk about your job experience during an interview [closed]

I recently saw a comment here, that the signs of a bad hire is when he says "I worked with this and that", but then doesn't elaborate when asked. And the question is why? Hypothetical scenario: Say ...
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6answers
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What makes the difference between “Hire” and an honest “almost” for final on-site interviews? [closed]

So, I have recently had on-site interviews with Google and Amazon and received polite rejection letters letting me know I was close, but not quite right for the skills they were looking for. I've ...
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11answers
3k views

What responses disqualify a candidate from hiring during the interview? [closed]

You are in the process of looking for candidates for a software development position, all the resumes are reviewed, and you made a couple of interview invites. Now, the folks show up in the conference ...
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11answers
3k views

Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college? [closed]

I graduated with a BS in compsci last September, and I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a job as a project manager ever since. I fell in love with software engineering (the formal practice ...
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10answers
6k views

Why is no C++ interview complete if it does not have vtable questions? [closed]

Frankly, I don't understand the practical importance of vtable. For me it is just a theoretical concept which needs to be mugged up since interviewer will ask it surely. Can anyone shed some light on ...
5
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1answer
977 views

Coding site with test harness for basic data structures like linked list,graph,strings etc [closed]

I just took an Amazon online test and I messed it up badly. I am out of practice and have low confidence in writing code. Are there any coding sites with test harnesses for basic data structures and ...
0
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3answers
272 views

How to test a code online? [closed]

I am preparing for technical interview and would like to brush my coding skills. I have written a C++ program and would like to test it online. I don't have access to any linux compiler on my machine. ...
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4answers
42k views

Preparing for Interviews [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? Could someone give me pointers on how go to about preparing for a technical interview? As a CS graduate, I ...
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16answers
44k views

Do you dress formally or casually for a programming interview? [closed]

For the 4 jobs that I have worked at, I dressed formal twice, business casual once and more casual once. How important is the dressing code to programming interviews these days? Will the employer or ...
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15answers
7k views

Technical test for a senior developer [closed]

I have a dilemma. I have a candidate for a senior software developer position. The guy seems competent on a first talk with him and he answered the questions asked precisely and gave me proofs of ...
4
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1answer
992 views

“Pretty good” WPF/Winforms programmer interviewing for ASP.NET job [closed]

I have 5 years of experience writing WPF and WinForms applications. I solo wrote the software and thing always turned out well, and the company I work for has happy customers. Plenty of SQL, EF, LINQ, ...
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11answers
19k views

How do I design an arbitrary system in an interview? [closed]

A common question in Tech Interview is to design a particular system, usually an existing product of the company. For example, "Design Google Docs". What is the expected answer for such a question? I ...