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

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What top companies look for in an Interview?

Basically I am looking for what is it that you goof up and you are out from the remaining process ? Are elimination rounds a fair way to judge a person ? Anyone can have a bad hour :-( Should you ...
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How important is to be able to write code like you would write prose

Recently I heard of a company that, for interviews, asks potential employees to stand up and write out code on a whiteboard. Apparently that freaked alot of interviewees out. This got me thinking ...
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What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.?

My resume is no longer relevant. It can no longer contain an adequate description of my technical abilities. One can get a much better sense of what I am capable of by looking at my GitHub ...
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Do other developers feel that as they get better, it becomes harder to get jobs? [closed]

When I was starting out, it seemed I had a much better time getting interviews and passing them. But now that I'm more experienced, I'm finding that its harder and harder to find a job. Do other ...
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Do you count a Masters in CS as a negative? [closed]

In my experience interviewing developers I feel like candidates who've achieved a Masters in Comp Sci tend to be worse programmers on average that those who don't have a Masters. Is that just me, or ...
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Removing occurrences of characters in a string

I am reading this book, programming Interviews exposed by John Wiley and sons and in chapter 6 they are discussing removing all instances of characters in a src string using a removal string... so ...
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What's a good, quick algorithms refresh? [closed]

I have programming interviews coming up in a couple weeks. I took an algorithms class a while ago but likely forgot some key concepts. I'm looking for something like a very short book (< 100 ...
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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 ...
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Grading an algorithm: Readability vs. Compactness

Consider the following exam / interview question: Implement the strcpy() function in C: void strcpy(char *destination, char *source); The strcpy function copies the C string pointed by source into ...
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How to deal with OOP design problems in interviews?

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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Is it OK to mix C and C++ in an interview?

If I am asked in an interview to write down some code, should I completely stick with C++ or is it acceptable to "mix" the two to write easy code as it comes to my mind? I'll explain it: if I'm asked ...
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Where do you look for help? [closed]

I have been on four interviews and this question ("Where do you look for help?") was asked three times. What is the point of it? What is my opinion is a bit controversial like googling is OK? Is this ...
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Why don't interviewers ask the applicant to read some code?

I had a dozen interviews in my life (I'm about to graduate) and I wonder why I was only once asked to read and explain some code. Roughly, 90% jobs are mostly about maintaining existing systems. IMO ...
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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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Non-language-specific interview questions for a senior web developer [closed]

I came across a job posting for a senior web developer position. The posting said that the development will be done using Ruby on Rails, but no prior knowledge is required. I confirmed with a contact ...
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Software developer interview questions: is speed everything? [closed]

Maybe I'm just less smart than other people but for once I'd like to say that all the puzzles, riddles, code questions and code-on-paper exercises seem just a bit hard to me. I've always thought of ...
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Is speed a parameter for responding emails of technical tests? [closed]

I am sending my CV to different companies and some of them have replied asking me to complete a test to have an idea of my skills. I wonder if the time to respond to this email is key factor for being ...
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Asking back technical questions during the interview (as the interviewee) [closed]

I would like to know if people have already asked back some technical questions to your interviewer. Saying something like "Well, you asked me a bunch of technical questions, and now, do you mind if I ...
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Interview books on data structures, tree operations, algorithms and algorithms complexity, etc [closed]

I might be prompted for an interview at Microsoft and since I've got some time to study I'd like a suggestion on some books or sources covering questions and answers for a software engineer technical ...
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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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Senior Interview LINQ questions

I'm preparing a LINQ section in interview questions for senior programmers. What are the most interesting questions in LINQ to include? And why?
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To be an interviewer - Java

The internet is full of references on how to get prepared for an interview. Many websites are loaded with questions and answers. But I can't find any useful information about what exactly an ...
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What's the best lesson you have learned in your career? [closed]

I think mine is "there's no such thing as a five minute job" - that programmers tend to be overly optimistic about development and that we should really think through a the implications before ...
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Should java developers know about garbage collection algorithms?

I have been recently asked in an interview if I know about any garbage collection algorithms. I knew what garbage collection is but I never really thought about learning about garbage collection ...
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“Read” a file without using a file pointer

I was asked this question in an interview. I'm somehow supposed to "read" a file into my C program as input without using a file pointer (including "f" functions, e.g. fgets, fscanf etc.). I'm also ...
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Rate your programming language expertise by language concepts

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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Why are data structures so important in interviews?

I am a newbie into the corporate world recently graduated in computers. I am a java/groovy developer. I am a quick learner and I can learn new frameworks, APIs or even programming languages within ...
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What to expect during an interview with a senior development executive? [closed]

I passed first two technical interviews at a global e-commerce company for the position of senior software engineer. I was told that there are two more interviews, one with a senior development ...
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Would Java programmers hire C# programmers? [closed]

I learned and used Java in college. After graduating, I got a job in C#. Two years after, there are a lot more positions in Java. Would I have a good chance to be hired as a Java programmer? What ...
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Using template questions in a technical interview

I've recently been in an argument with a colleague about technical questions in interviews. As a graduate, I went round lots of companies and noticed they used the same questions. An example is "Can ...
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How would you answer this job-interview question?

One of the five people who interviewed me asked a question that resulted in an hour-long discussion: "Explain how you would develop a frequency-sorted list of the ten thousand most-used words in the ...
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Do they ask too much on this job? [closed]

I am looking for web developer job and this job description caught my eyes. I am not sure how much they offer but I was wondering if anyone here meets all of their requirements? To me, that's a lot ...
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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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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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How would you react on yet another “Why are manholes round?”-style interview question? [closed]

I know they are meant to be clever, to see how you act on unknown territory. But since similar questions are asked for years they are wannabe-clever and routine. Would you give honest feedback ...
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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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Are there any Phone Interview equivalents to FizzBuzz?

I think FizzBuzz is a fine question to ask in an in-person interview with a whiteboard or pen and paper handy to determine whether or not a particular candidate is of bare-minimum competence. However, ...
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Answer programming for “What are your interests?” interview questions? [closed]

For interview questions that ask for personal hobbies, should you mention a bunch of tech activities you enjoy, like how "I love building java applets in my free time" or should you focus on ...
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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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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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Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college?

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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Should I expect to know a lot about every language I put on my resume as a college student?

If I am asked to program an algorithm, say binary search, in languages other than Java during an interview, I will have a hard time trying to remember the syntax. Is it okay to tell my interviewer ...
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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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Company wants thoughts about their site during interview

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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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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Whiteboard “testing” during an interview: legitimate way to back up your (whiteboard) code?

As I get it, having an error (even a typo like or missing ";") in your whiteboard code will often cost you some interview points. Avoiding that will inevitably make one proof-reading code again and ...