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

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How to handle onsite interviews with multiple companies? [closed]

I currently live in Thailand now. I have done phone interviews with few companies in San Francisco and passed all of them. Now the problem is I have onsite interviews with 3 companies, and they are ...
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How should I deal with nested compositions?

I came across the following question on a website for interviews: Here are 3 products: table, chair and bench. Product can be of material: wood, metal, and plastic. Design class structures for ...
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Is it justifiable for a prospective employer to ask you to make a decision without full information? [closed]

The Story I am currently in the process of finding a new job. Several days ago I had two interviews with prospective employers, both of which expressed interest for a second meeting. Company A ...
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How do you recruit a graduate developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are effective interview questions? I'm currently looking to recruit a .Net developer and we've decided to take a graduate straight out of university. The job role ...
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Certifications needed to get an interview with no experience and no degree. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are certifications worth it? Given that I have no commercial experience to speak of -- and no undergraduate degree -- how can I best demonstrate my programming ability ...
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Do coding puzzles make good interview questions

I am interviewing candidates for Java programmer positions. My colleague insists in filling more than half of the interview with java coding puzzles.His view is that, if candidates are able to ...
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Practical programming test in interview for flex programmer

i'm looking for the best way to test a candidate for a position of flex programmer with a pracitical\interactive test in front of a computer 45-60 minutes test. need to test flex basic knowledge, ...
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For email interviews, is it bad to research some answers? [closed]

So I got an email "interview" with questions to be answered. I'm not too sure only about one of them, so I wanted to google the answer. Of course in a real interview I can't do this, so should I say ...
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Why do technical/programming phone screens focus on inheritance?

I've noticed that in most technical phone screens, programming questions tend to focus on inheritance. For instance: If a class is intended to be inherited, what should you do with the destructor? ...
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How can I gauge a candidate's ability to learn in an interview?

We are hiring for a small development department within a medium sized company for which software is not the main line of business. As such, we are attempting to recruit what we have labeled a Senior ...
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What are the chances of getting a good development job without the training in solving programming puzzles?

By "good job" I mean mostly a job that is well paid and involves the development of market-leading products/services (of course within my area of interest). I have a masters degree in economics and no ...
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Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation?

Reading this site and SO I've seen many stories of interview questions and answers saying a candidate had to implement a linked list from scratch. Usually this is a "gimme" exercise for programming ...
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How to react to wrong/not answered questions during interview?

Today I have held my first interview with potential interns. While this has been mostly open questions, I have had some trivial programming tasks for them: Write a function that returns true if ...
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How can I answer interview questions about developing in a team when I've always been a lone developer?

In an interview, I was asked about about my experiences in developing in team settings. However, I've been self taught and have only worked on projects on my own. How would you go about answering this ...
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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers?

We have recently been receiving lots of applicants for our open developer positions from people who I like to refer to as "legacy" programmers. I don't like the term "old" because it seems a little ...
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UI Developer Interview Question

I keep getting the following question in interviews; and judging from the reactions I've gotten, I'm not giving the best answer. "What methodology do you use for developing user interfaces?" Which ...
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Should you bring up commercial projects in an interview?

I am not sure if it's a good idea or not to mention commercial software projects. Right now, I have one desktop software site selling (not enough to support myself yet) and I am not sure what is a ...
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interview for an internship but I think I may be unprepared

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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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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How would you explain HTTP to a lay person

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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Are interviews required for software/programming internships? [closed]

Do companies interview prospective software or programming interns? Do any companies use video interviews? Thanks.
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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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big gap in my resume - advice on getting back on the job market [closed]

My story in a nutshell: Some time after college, after many months of working on my portofolio and job hunting, I got a junior programming position in the games industry. But since I had to move to ...
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Job title on Curriculum Vitae

Right now I'm preparing my CV. I think it's relevant to mention that I'm not native English speaker and my question is half-linguistic, half-programming related. I've been professionally hired as ...
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Should I go to a job interview even though I know I won't get it? [closed]

Here is the opportunity I've been given. I'm currently a freelance web developer and completely self-taught. I have but an NVQ in Business Administration. However, I am passionate and committed to ...
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How effective are “game programs” in interviews?

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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Why was I asked general, non-technical questions during an interview?

I got through the first phone interview at Amazon last week and they asked some basic technical questions during that interview. Today, I had my second phone-interview and I prepared myself well ...
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Are questions on graphs common in programming interviews? [closed]

Despite saying that graphs are very important, none of my friends have got any graph related questions in interviews in Google and Amazon. I am preparing for these companies right now. Should I ...
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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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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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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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Logical reasoning skill tests [duplicate]

I'm job hunting so I decided to sharpen a bit of my skills. I've been working on implementing solutions to some of the "Project Euler" problems, but I would like to work on stuff which is not specific ...
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Web-based Screening Interviews

I came across seemikecode.com and it got me thinking how this could be used for live coding sessions when screening applicants for a job. For example: Email telling the interviewee what to expect ...
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Interview questions to expect for Big Data position [closed]

A lot of new Big Data jobs are popping out recently. What sort of technologies could one learn to get better familiar with this new field? Are there any interview questions in particular that may ...
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What are some FizzBuzz-type questions for web or SQL developers?

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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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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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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Tools to ensure clients expectations are met

I was in an interview recently and was asked if I use any tools to ensure a clients expectations for a project are met. I couldn't really think of any actual tools apart from stuff like JIRA to ensure ...
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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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How to interview a natural scientist for a dev position?

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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Moving from an IT department to a proper technology company

I have been working with Java/web applications in an IT department of a retail company. As much as work goes, there is nothing much to say. Fixing couple of if/else loops, writing some simple business ...
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Piece of code for interview debugging abilities test?

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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Is using build-in sorting considered cheating in practice tests?

I am using one of the practice online judges where a practice problem is asked and one submits the answer and gets back if it is accepted or not based on test inputs. My question is the following: ...
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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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What specific task could be given to a Java web development candidate during an interview? [closed]

I'm looking for ideas for tasks that I can give to a Java programmer candidate to check his knowledge of Java; I'm specifically looking for a Java developer for web applications.
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Is it wise to ask about design decisions made on a product during an interview?

I've been thinking about interview questions lately and I've been reflecting on bad interview experiences I've had in the past. One of particular note is where I had asked the interviewer why the team ...
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Is “White-Board-Coding” inappropriate during interviews?

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 part into 4 parts. Write Code, Read & ...
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How Do I interview Front-End Web Developers?

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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What kind of test should be given to Java EE programmers?

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 ...