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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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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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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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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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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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The 10 minutes technical interview [closed]

I must do a quick assessment of dozens of fresh students very quickly. I have 30 minutes meeting with each of them (in two or three days). I want to use most of the time to discuss non technical ...
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5answers
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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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2answers
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How do you measure the effectiveness of your hiring & interview process? [closed]

Although I've seen many discussions on how to do an interview and develop your brand, I haven't seen many discussions on how to determine if your hiring & interview process is actually working ...
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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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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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Software Developer Interview Question - Fair or Unfair [closed]

I just phone interviewed with a company for a graduate software developer position and was asked the following questions. I should add that the company concerned are not a database vendor. How does ...
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Is it reasonable to expect that a senior developer knows what OOP design patterns are? [closed]

I'm preparing questions for job interviews for a senior development position. The job would include object oriented design, and the existing software uses design patterns, so I'd like to ask the ...
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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 ...
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What to bring to a programming interview? [closed]

I have just completed my Master's degree in Computer Science and have gotten my first job interview as a developer. I do not have much experience in large scale development projects, but I am hoping ...
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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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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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2answers
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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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Brain picking during job interview [closed]

Recently, I had a job interview at a big Silicon Valley company for a senior software developer/R&D position. I had several technical phone screens, an all day on-site interview and more technical ...
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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 ...
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Am I potentially hurting my career by taking a dev test position? [duplicate]

Background: If you haven't read much of what I've written here, then: I'm a sole developer I've developed professionally for ~3 years, personally for 13 I love my work Top-to-bottom, I find the ...
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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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What's your favorite interview question? [closed]

What question have you found especially valuable in interviewing software developers? What is it about the question that has made it particularly useful? I'm looking for a particular question you ...
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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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8answers
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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 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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Should I be put off a junior role that uses an online development test? [closed]

I've applied for a junior development role, or rather been found by a recruiter looking for a developer. In order to get to a telephone interview stage I've been asked to sit one of those online ...
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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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9answers
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Is it appropriate to ask for reasons after rejected after the interview? [closed]

I thought I did okay in the interviews but apparently the interviewers didn't think so. Is it appropriate to ask for a reason after I have received the rejection email? After all I don't want to annoy ...
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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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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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How to you “sell” support as an career option [closed]

We find it relatively easy to hire developers to work on various projects. The problem arises when the project is finished but still needs to be supported. We really battle to get people to join ...
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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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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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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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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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5answers
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How deeply the interviewer goes in these skillls asked in job posting [closed]

I have seen many job posting with normal technical skills required but there are few thing mentioned in them , which i have no idea actually how can i go about improving them or how should i prove ...
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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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What are the pros and cons for the employer of code questions during an interview? [closed]

The Joel Test question #11 is: "Do new candidates write code during their interview?". What are arguments for and against to ask new candidates to write code during the interview and to make a ...
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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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4answers
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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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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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4answers
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c# interview with a programming task [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? I am going for c#-sql server job and I was looking for some link where I could download some questions and ...
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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, ...
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What are QUICK interview questions for the Microsoft stack development jobs? [closed]

I'm looking for your best "quick answer" technical interview questions. We are a 100% Microsoft shop and do the majority of our development on the ASP.NET web stack in C# and have a custom SOA ...
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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 ...