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

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Missed question in technical phone interview and the follow up letter [closed]

I may have just bombed a C++ technical phone interview. The interviewer asked mostly about data structures and I was able to go into detail about each of the data structures he asked about. Score one ...
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Interview: how to ask development process/culture related questions

I just watched a presentation about simplicity by Rich Hickey at InfoQ where he goes over the constructs programmers use to produce artifacts and how those constructs make various trade-offs when it ...
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What are good technical questions to ask to determine the analytical skill of a programmer? [closed]

I am a non-technical recruiter and I want to lay out some initial interview questions, one of which is to determine the analytic skill of a person. We will soon launch our hiring process for ...
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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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Exit interview - what is and isn't OK [closed]

There's a lot of questions about hiring interviews, but the same cannot be said about exit interviews. As I'm going to embark on a new challenge in the near future, I'm going to go through an exit ...
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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

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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What kind of task should I expect In a PHP job interview? [closed]

I've got a job interview a few days from today (and yeah, I'm dreading it). The job is based in PHP web development. I have 3 years experience with PHP and a few other languages, but I'm only 17 so ...
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Why most job offerings are for a <language here> developer, rather than a developer in general? [closed]

In an ideal world: In an excellent article Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice, Patrick McKenzie explains, among other things, that language doesn't matter: A developer is a ...
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How do the algorithms to solve problems encountered in interviews translate into real world solutions?

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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Why are you choosing XYZ? - Is this valid question in interview? [closed]

I am tired of the question from interviewers - Why have you selected 'XYZ' (the interviewer's organization). In today's IT world, does anybody go looking for a COMPANY. I mean what the interviewers ...
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Show “hobby” project during the interview?

I am developing this Android game (Technology wise 3D with OpenGLES2 and shaders, some nice AI with http://www.steeringbehaviors.de/ ) during my free time. The goal is to launched in the "Android ...
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How can I evaluate a candidate's knowledge of Html/CSS during an interview?

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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Interview prep for coding [closed]

I have an interview for a position and was told that I would have to do some coding test, given a laptop in a specific, by myself, in a specific time-period of 45-60 mins. This is the first time for ...
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How to handle interview questions on programming style

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?

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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A software design pattern to model runtime-dependent behavior

In a interview I was asked, Suppose we are going to create a software that runs on both desktop machines and smartphones. Name a software design pattern that could be used to enable the application ...
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How to answer to this HashTable interview question?

Today I was asked this question during an interview: What's gonna happen if we do not override hashcode method for our class, then add it to HashTable and then try to get objects? Could you ...
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Does LINQ require significantly more processing cycles and memory than lower-level data iteration techniques?

Background I am recently in the process of enduring grueling tech interviews for positions that use the .NET stack, some of which include silly questions like this one, and some questions that are ...
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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?

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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How important is it for a programmer to have an online presence? [closed]

I've noticed more and more mentions (both in posts here and in actual job descriptions) of programmers' "portfolios" - typically their public profiles on sites such as this, GitHub, etc. How ...
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Programming Test [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good interview programming projects We are looking to hire some more Java developers onto our team, and plan to test their coding abilities with a test. We currently use ...
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JavaScript Phone Screen

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

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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Too much to learn, dealing with overwhelming varieties of technologies [closed]

I am about to graduate, and I am already working as a web developer in our library IT department. When I look at job postings I am absolutely overwhelmed by the sheer variety of technologies out ...
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handling multiple interviews / offers [closed]

What's the best way to handle a situation where you have, or expect to have multiple offers? The ideal situation is that your several offers come in about the same time, and you make a choice. this ...
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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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If you had two projects with the same specification and only one was developed using TDD how could you tell?

I was asked this question in an interview and it has been bugging me ever since. You have two projects, both with the same specification but only one of these projects was developed using Test ...
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Interview questions for programming tutor? [closed]

My family is looking for a programming/computer science tutor. Personally, I want to learn Java or some other brand of web programming. I am best described as a PC "power user." I have never ...
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What are the most important OO skills to show off in the job hunt?

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?

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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Can I show previous company work in a CV portfolio? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What sources of sample work should be used in a job interview? When writing a CV, can I show previous websites I have been the main developer on, in previous/current ...
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How do you do technical interview when you can't commnicate with the interviewer?

I just had a developer technical interview last night. As similar to so many technical interviews, it ask me to solve and implement an algorithms within a period of time (1 hour). But when interview ...
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How to describe the complexity of a project, without revealing information?

I will be looking for a job after a long break, so I need all the help I can get. Problem is, my best point in a portofolio is an unusual application, using quite unusual algorithms, that may seem ...
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What aspects of a project should be covered when presenting it in an interview?

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?

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

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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Entry level software developer technical interview… I need preparation advice [closed]

I'm pretty fresh out of college. So I don't have a lot of experience with job interviews. I'm interviewing for an entry level software developer job. I've already made it past the first phone screen ...
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Is it possible to get formal recognition of self-taught knowledge?

I like many others have spent a few of my High School years teaching myself software development and various languages. I'm fluent in C++/C# Have a fairly solid understanding of Computer Science ...
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Cheat notes for telephone interview (.NET /DBs, OO)

I am preparing for a telephone interview. I am thinking that instead of trying to memorize SOLID or ACID for example I could have some cheat notes ready. So: Any tips on how to organize them? Where ...
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Importance of bitwise thinking [duplicate]

I take interview for my company. During interview I've faced many candidates having 1 to 3 years of experience in their field. Typically, they had experience in C#, Java, J2ME, iOS and similar ...
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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?

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 ...
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What are some good small-scale refactoring tests?

I'm looking to test potential candidates on their ability to develop concise, reusable code. I feel like a good test of that skill would be to give them a very small scale application or class ...
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What sources of sample work should be used in a job interview?

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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Should I Correct Candidates' Interview Answers?

I've been interviewing software engineers lately and I tend to ask harder and hardeer questions until they get something wrong, then switch to another technology track and do the same. When the ...
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Is it a bad idea to ask an interviewer what the greatest strength and weakness of their development team is?

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 ...