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How do you answer “explain current architecture of your project” question in interviews? [closed]

The application which I am working on currently is a bit huge. It cannot be explained in 15 minutes or so. Last time I ended up drawing some class diagrams and how they are linked, but I could see ...
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How to Evaluate a Programmer's Communication Skills [closed]

If I was interested in interview questions like "Describe how you explained a difficult technical issue to a non-technical person" I would use the Googles to search on communication skill interview ...
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Need help on understanding few OOP & programming related concepts [closed]

I been struggling to understand few concepts but no success yet. Can someone help me to understand that with simple example and definition please. 1 - Delegates in .NET 2 - Abstraction 3 - Three ...
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I had a bad job interview, but still got the job. How do I handle the relationship with my new manager? [closed]

I participated in a set of interviews for a position in which I was hired recently. During the interview process I was interviewed 6 seperate times. 3 technical interviews and 3 situational / ...
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Interviewing: Company deals with huge amounts of data? [closed]

A company I'm going to interview with says they deal with huge amounts of data. How does one prepare for an interview where that fact is telegraphed beforehand as something that one really ought to ...
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How do I prepare for an 'aptitude for programming' test? [closed]

I have a job interview tomorrow and it's for a junior web developer role. I am really excited about it because I really want to get my foot in the door in this industry. I have been told how the ...
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Learning Java in a couple of days and preparing interview presentation [closed]

I know its not possible to 'know' or 'learn' Java fully in a couple of days but I really need some help on this guys. I have just graduated from university with a degree in computer science. The ...
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Comparing one's self to others during interviews [closed]

I'm often asked at some point during the interview process to compare myself to my peers. For example, one of my first after-graduation jobs asked me to compare myself to my classmates. A job I ...
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How to determine number of resources to be allocated in a software project? [closed]

Last day I have been interviewed and the interviewer asked me as given the outline of a project, how can we determine the number of resources to be needed for the same? I don't know to do so. Is ...
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What if you don't have code samples to give a prospective employer? [duplicate]

What do you do when you don't have any good code samples available when asked by a prospective employer? I like to consider myself a fairly capable developer but I can't share any of the software I've ...
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Should you answer programming interview questions with library? [closed]

Some questions can be answered easily by using specific language library. For example Java has Set, Maps, and List. Is it possible to answer those coding questions during interview by using these ...
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What should I recommend a small company looking for C# developers [closed]

Here is the issue. I am a senior developer, and one of the start-ups I designed the system (management system/database/web) a long time ago, have grown and need software updates. I have left their ...
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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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Interview approaches and questions for a software developer intern [closed]

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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3answers
858 views

Tips and recomendations for a phone interview [closed]

A while ago I asked this question, I got very nice results but now I have a similar situation, but I'm looking for advices and I want to know if you think is possible to tell if you want a developer ...
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Floyd's algorithm [closed]

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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Interview question: Percentage of time spent coding [closed]

I've been asked to estimate the percentage of time I spend coding at my current position in a job interview (I said about 70%). This excludes time for things like documentation and meetings. What ...
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Is “Explain the RAII idiom” a good C++ screening question? [closed]

A company that I work with has asked me to do candidate phone screenings to make sure they aren't completely embarrassed when sending over someone to a potential client. It turns out that a fair ...
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How much can you talk about your job experience during an interview [closed]

I recently saw a comment here, that the signs of a bad hire is when he says "I worked with this and that", but then doesn't elaborate when asked. And the question is why? Hypothetical scenario: Say ...
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What makes the difference between “Hire” and an honest “almost” for final on-site interviews? [closed]

So, I have recently had on-site interviews with Google and Amazon and received polite rejection letters letting me know I was close, but not quite right for the skills they were looking for. I've ...
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Should I choose C or C++ for an interview? [closed]

I know a bit of both C and C++. I am assuming that many people who know C++ also know C. I am wondering what language I should pick to code in during an interview. C, because it's faster to make a ...
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What responses disqualify a candidate from hiring during the interview? [closed]

You are in the process of looking for candidates for a software development position, all the resumes are reviewed, and you made a couple of interview invites. Now, the folks show up in the conference ...
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Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college? [closed]

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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Why is no C++ interview complete if it does not have vtable questions? [closed]

Frankly, I don't understand the practical importance of vtable. For me it is just a theoretical concept which needs to be mugged up since interviewer will ask it surely. Can anyone shed some light on ...
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How can I thoroughly evaluate a prospective employer? [closed]

We hear much about code smells, test smells, and even project smells, but I have heard no discussion about employer "smells" outside of the Joel Test. After much frustration working for employers ...
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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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Coding site with test harness for basic data structures like linked list,graph,strings etc [closed]

I just took an Amazon online test and I messed it up badly. I am out of practice and have low confidence in writing code. Are there any coding sites with test harnesses for basic data structures and ...
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How to test a code online? [closed]

I am preparing for technical interview and would like to brush my coding skills. I have written a C++ program and would like to test it online. I don't have access to any linux compiler on my machine. ...
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Preparing for Interviews [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? Could someone give me pointers on how go to about preparing for a technical interview? As a CS graduate, I ...
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when to use java and when to use c++ [closed]

Lets say I am writing a server, which will run continuously and answer the queries of the client. Now what parameters (speed, memory, ease of use, quality etc.) should I consider to decide whether to ...
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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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Technical test for a senior developer [closed]

I have a dilemma. I have a candidate for a senior software developer position. The guy seems competent on a first talk with him and he answered the questions asked precisely and gave me proofs of ...
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How to get a job with no experience? [closed]

I am about to be a new college grad and I am trying to get an internship or a jr software engineer position. However, I have no experience at all in the field. All I will have is my degree and my in ...
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“Pretty good” WPF/Winforms programmer interviewing for ASP.NET job [closed]

I have 5 years of experience writing WPF and WinForms applications. I solo wrote the software and thing always turned out well, and the company I work for has happy customers. Plenty of SQL, EF, LINQ, ...
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How do I design an arbitrary system in an interview? [closed]

A common question in Tech Interview is to design a particular system, usually an existing product of the company. For example, "Design Google Docs". What is the expected answer for such a question? I ...
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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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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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Extremely trivial C++ phone interview question [closed]

My company is currently interviewing for a developer position, and a disturbingly high number of candidates with good resumes end up being total frauds. We do have a written technical test which works ...
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What to do if the interviewer does not give you enough time to answer? [closed]

I had an interview with a well known company. After completing the first round of interview, I was confident that I would be short-listed for the second round. But little did I know that my second ...
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2answers
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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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6answers
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Being the only developer and its consequences [closed]

I am the only developer in my company. I do programming (in ASP.NET 4.0, jQuery and SQL Server 2008) and maintain the database and web server (win 2008 r2). I enjoy the freedom of implementing what I ...
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2answers
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Is a small demo a good idea for an interview? [closed]

Unfortunately most of my work is internal -- I was toying with the idea of a small web demo to give the company better insight. What do you think?
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How would you answer this job-interview question? [closed]

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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How can I prepare for an interview over TeamViewer and Skype? [closed]

I am in big dilemma what to do or not... Tomorrow have an interview on TeamViewer and Skype for a web developer position in PHP. They want to take my technical interview there, so I think they will ...
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Senior Interview LINQ questions [closed]

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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How do you ascertain the quality of a potential employer's code before you take a position? [closed]

In my experience before you start working for a company you have no opportunity to look at the code-base (I've asked and for reasons of confidentiality everyone has always said no, I think that is ...
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Interesting variations of FizzBuzz? [closed]

In hiring programmers, a common test is the Fizz Buzz test. What are some neat/interesting variations on fizz buzz which keep with about the same difficulty level? Basically, if I asked someone to ...
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What's a good question to measure the candidate's capacity to abstract? [closed]

It's part of my job to interview new candidates and I came up with a test that pretty much measure the coding skills of the candidates. However I couldn't (yet) come up with a good question to measure ...
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Dealing with bad job description and interviewing applicants [closed]

My employer has been looking for a new web developer as well as a DBA for a while now with little success. I just saw the job description, and now I can understand why we are getting no interest - ...
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How many second chances have you got in an interview? [closed]

A few days ago I had an interview for a medium company (130 people) for a developer job position, and at some point the interviewer gave me a wild bunch of question regarding TCP, Network flows and ...