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 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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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 interview 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 ...
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How can I test PHP skills in a interview? [closed]

My company needs to hire a PHP developer, but nobody has PHP knowledge in my company and we find difficult to test for PHP skills. If it were a C/Java developer I would ask him to write a quick ...
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How can a programming novice identify poor code written by another?

I recently started to learn how to program and am looking to hire a Python developer. How can I separate good code from not so good code?
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Preparing for algorithm-related interview questions [closed]

So, I've just realized that some employers may ask an interview question that is relative to some complex mathematical algorithm. It seems like answering these questions is a skill in its own right. ...
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I keep failing hands on part of the interview, suggestions?

So I have a couple of software/site in my portfolio. They make money but not a whole lot. So I decided to get some job experience, mainly applying to Java/PHP junior development positions. The ...
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The dreaded C# programming interview test - any advice? [closed]

I have a possible C# dev job lined up but before I can interview, I need to pass a test with the employment agency. Now even though I am a senior developer with over 10 years of programming ...
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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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what is a good way to show mysql experience?

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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What is the best book to prepare for a Java interview? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prepare yourself for programming interview questions? I found older questions but I was wondering if newer, better books/guides have been published in the last two ...
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What does “programming concepts” mean?

I am recent graduate and I have applied for a job, but I'm stuck on how to answer one of the questions: What programming technology, programming topics, and programming concepts are you following ...
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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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As an iOS developer, what type of technical interview questions should you be prepared with?

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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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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Object-Oriented Design of Car

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?

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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Interviewing someone for general unix skills

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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Can a candidate be judged by asking to write a complex program on “paper”?

Sometime back in an interview, I was asked to write following program: In a keypad of a mobile phone, there is a mapping between number and characters. e.g. 0 & 1 corresponds to nothing; 2 ...
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Is this the right strategy to convert an in-level order binary tree to a doubly linked list?

So I recently came across this question - Make a function that converts a in-level-order binary tree into a doubly linked list. Apparently, it's a common interview question. This is the strategy I ...
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How does an interviewer get a glimpse of a candidates thought process during an interview? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you interview someone with more experience than you? How can I really “wow” an employer at an interview? I am a bit puzzled by the whole technical ...
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Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness?

After seeing this question today on variation of the FizzBuzz interview question, as well as seeing other questions related to it around, I have to ask: is there any formal research on how effective ...
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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?

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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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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Where can I find a quick overview of Enterprise Java Beans?

I'm a fresh graduate, and I'm about to interview in two days and things are tight. I am well versed with Java EE Servlet and JSP technology, but never really used EJBs. Is learning about EJBs really ...
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What are good questions to ask a sales engineer candidate?

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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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 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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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?”

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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Are questions about the Singleton pattern a good way to evaluate a job applicant?

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 ...
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Best resources to really understand run-time complexity

I'm familiar with the basics of run-time analysis such as what makes certain types of code O(n) and O(n^2). But I'm having real trouble learning, understanding, and really remembering how to analyze ...
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Requiring Programming Portfolios In Interviews/Recruiting [closed]

I've heard about a few mentioning of programming portfolios. A programming portfolio being a significant amount of code or code segments. Is a programming portfolio a good indicator of the quality ...
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Is thinking out loud during an interview really the best strategy?

In another question I asked recently about best practices for whiteboarding, there was general consensus that thinking out loud while coming up with the answer was the best strategy. Indeed, long ...
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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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Is there an analogue to “FizzBuzz” for choosing clients? [closed]

This is for the freelancers. In my past life as a full-time employee, I was involved in hiring and interviewed a good number of developers. I learned that it was much more valuable to see a developer ...
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Using A Debugger (An Interview Question)

During a phone interview I had, the interviewer was asking me questions about my previous job as a web developer. After discussing how I had used Eclipse to write Java Servlets, he asked me the ...
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Java SE and Java EE? [duplicate]

I was now talking with some people and they told me that if i was intrested in a job in the future for Java programming i should not spend too much time only learning Java SE i should spend time ...
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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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Is this interview question real or a communication skills test?

I've been to about 50 interviews in my life. Many of them I've done just to get experience, and keep doing. The question I keep hearing again and again is Are you more a front-end or a back-end ...
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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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How important is it for a programmer to know how to optimize code, solve complex puzzles, answer technical questions quickly?

So I'm in the process of looking for a job. And I have had plenty of test and just recently someone sent me a puzzle. It's the crackless wall problem and I have no idea how to approach it. I could ...