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Is “White-Board-Coding” inappropriate during interviews? [closed]

This is a somewhat subjective quesiton but I'd love to hear feedback/opinions from either interviewers/interviewees on the topic. We split our technical interview into 4 parts. Write Code, Read & ...
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6answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
523 views

How can a programming novice identify poor code written by another? [closed]

I recently started to learn how to program and am looking to hire a Python developer. How can I separate good code from not so good code?
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6answers
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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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12answers
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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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7answers
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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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6answers
595 views

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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4answers
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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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8answers
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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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8answers
486 views

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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3answers
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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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10answers
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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
1k views

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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5answers
723 views

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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12answers
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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 ...
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14answers
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Can a candidate be judged by asking to write a complex program on “paper”? [closed]

Sometime back in an interview, I was asked to write following program: In a keypad of a mobile phone, there is a mapping between number and characters. e.g. 0 & 1 corresponds to nothing; 2 ...
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3answers
2k views

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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3answers
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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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6answers
2k views

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 ...
3
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5answers
722 views

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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5answers
8k views

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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18answers
4k views

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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4answers
4k views

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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8answers
2k views

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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8answers
968 views

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, ...
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3answers
808 views

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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8answers
2k views

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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8answers
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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 ...
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12answers
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Is thinking out loud during an interview really the best strategy? [closed]

In another question I asked recently about best practices for whiteboarding, there was general consensus that thinking out loud while coming up with the answer was the best strategy. Indeed, long ...
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4answers
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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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Using A Debugger (An Interview Question) [closed]

During a phone interview I had, the interviewer was asking me questions about my previous job as a web developer. After discussing how I had used Eclipse to write Java Servlets, he asked me the ...
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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
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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
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How important is it for a programmer to know how to optimize code, solve complex puzzles, answer technical questions quickly? [on hold]

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
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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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7answers
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Responding to interview questions involving unknown algorithms [closed]

Is there any acceptable/effective way to deal with interviewers who ask you to implement an algorithm that you aren't familiar with? I've been interviewing a lot lately and encountering this a lot. ...
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7answers
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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
585 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
459 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
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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
835 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
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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 ...
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8answers
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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
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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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Symbian Test Questions [closed]

So, I was in charge of filtering down job applicants at our company. We wanted to develop symbian app. But, there are no one here that know how to develop it. Therefore, we create job ads. Several ...