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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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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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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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Interview: how to ask development process/culture related questions [closed]

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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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How should I prepare for a coding phone interview?

I'm going to write code during a phone interview in the next few weeks. The interviewer and I will use a collaborative text editor to both view the code. I have a few questions since this is my ...
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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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Floyd's algorithm

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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Object Oriented Programming Concepts and Interviews

I'm an Object Oriented Programming fanatic. I have always believed in modelling solutions in terms of objects. It is something that comes to me naturally. I work with a services start up that ...
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Question about SDLC. How to answer this?

I have seen this asked many times in job interviews but I am still not sure how to answer this. I am a web developer for quite some time but I still have problem with explaining OOP and SDLC (Familiar ...
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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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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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Why did an interviewer ask me a question about people eating curry? [closed]

I had an interview question once which went... Interviewer: "Could you tell me how many people will eat curry for their dinner this evening" Me: "Er, sorry?" Interviewer: "Not the actual number just ...
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Interview question: how much would you test before you stop?

This was a question I got in an interview. After asking the coding question, the interviewer asked how I would test the function. I answered with writing unit tests and test cases to try to cover ...
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Interview approaches and questions for a software developer intern

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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how to ask in the interview if the project is new development or maintenance?

How do you ask the potential employer in the interview if the project you will be working on is Support and Maintenance or new development? Last time in the interview I asked this question and I was ...
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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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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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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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CRM in the context of C++ programming

I was asked by an employer about CRM in the context of C++ software development. The position I was applying for was C++ Software Engineer. I told them: As far as I know, CRM is an acronym that ...
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Is it usual if my employer asks me to get MCP certificates for higher salary?

I just got a salary negotiation this morning (I passed three interviews last 3 weeks), and it was like a game. I was stubborn with my expectation, or that number, or I leave. OK, to be honest, it's ...
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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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Is there a useful correlation between choice of web-browser/search engine and good quality programmers? [closed]

After a round of interviews earlier this year, which included some practical questions with access to a computer, I noticed that, at least for the applicants we were seeing, there was a high inverse ...
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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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Interview question: which is the time period estimated by you to learn Java [closed]

At my last interview(it was a phone interview) I was asked: "Which is the time period in which you can learn Java?". I've answered that I believe that in 2-3 month I'm able to write good code for ...
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I'm scared for my technical phone interview for an internship! [closed]

[EDIT 2.0 ]Hello everyone. This is my second phone interview for a development internship. My very first one was okay, but I didn't get my dream internship. Now, I'm facing fears about this upcoming ...
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How do you know a company is worth-working at or not? [closed]

I'm leaving my current company, and I'm looking for a better place to work. But this time I'm confused. I don't want to walk in and out in six months again. I want to find a company which I can work ...
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What can I do when the interviewer doesn't know the answer to his/her own question? [closed]

Yesterday I had a terrible experience in an interview. Interviewer asked me about pure virtual function. I said, It may or may not have definition in base class, but derived classes should provide ...
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When being a technical genius is not enough to be a successful developer? [closed]

There has been a lot of discussion around the excellent question "Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?". I immediately agreed with JoshK that basically said "No" (I'll will ...
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How you prepared for your .NET interview? [closed]

I gave many interviews in the last few years and each time I found the interviewers are not satisfied with what I know. My first company only developed desktop Windows applications using .NET. They ...
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PHP Interview test. Any advice? [closed]

I am going to be doing a short PHP test/project (20-30 mins) at an interview very soon. The job is at a junior to mid-weight salary (although no specific knowledge level is in the job spec) at a media ...
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What benefits should an intern look for aside from pay? [closed]

What things should an intern look for in an internship outside of the amount paid?
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Good questions to ask the CEO and CTO of a start-up during an interview [closed]

There are numerous questions on this site regarding questions to ask a potential employer during an interview. However, I was wondering if there were specific questions that should be asked when ...
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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 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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Is this Job Smell? [closed]

Went for an interview and from what I could gather from the interviewer: Development is done to a 'wire-frame' specification where users get constant feedback and can change their mind at will I ...
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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 ...