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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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15answers
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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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7answers
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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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1answer
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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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11answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
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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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12answers
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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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1answer
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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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8answers
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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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13answers
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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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8answers
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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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1answer
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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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7answers
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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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4answers
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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 ...
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15answers
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Tricky logic puzzles - Are they really useful in assessing programming skills? [closed]

In the last interview I attended, I was asked to solve a puzzle where I was expected to measure exactly blah liters of water given two buckets with capacities - blah and blah liters respectively. I ...
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9answers
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Should a web developer understand TCP/IP and how routers manage requests? [closed]

I had a job interview today for a Job position as developer on an important site. They asked tonnes of programming language related questions, which I managed to answer without problems, but then they ...
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3answers
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Core competencies for software developers in the financial sector? [closed]

I have an interview coming up for a company operating in the financial markets. Other than generic skills like OOD, refactoring, testing and so on, what are the core areas that a financial software ...
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Is “send us a page with code” a typical interview requirement? [closed]

Recently I was asked to show "a page with code" for a job interview. Being mainly a back-end programmer, and that's the position I applied for, I first said to the person I was talking to exactly ...
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9answers
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How to handle a 'bad code' interview? [closed]

A 'bad code' interview is one where the interviewee is shown a snippet of 'bad code' and asked to correct it or point out things that are wrong with it. I have trouble with these interviews because it ...
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18answers
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Is it reasonable to expect that a senior developer knows what OOP design patterns are? [closed]

I'm preparing questions for job interviews for a senior development position. The job would include object oriented design, and the existing software uses design patterns, so I'd like to ask the ...
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3answers
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What's an assessment day and what kind of individual & group based programming activities are involved? [closed]

The only things that I know: An assessment day is much more than a simple interview. Actually 1 or more interviews are just a part of it. Both individual and group based programming activities are ...
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7answers
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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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5answers
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Code Samples and Interviews? [closed]

I've seen a number of questions since I've been here where, in the answer, someone has asserted that they would never use portfolios or code samples coded outside of the interview process to judge a ...
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5answers
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Job Interview Challenges [closed]

The other day, in our PHP class, our teacher gave us a challenge used by a friend of his in job interviews. It works in every programming language, so it's not limited to PHP. He said that his friend ...
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8answers
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Good interview programming projects [closed]

I'm looking for some small programming projects that I can give potential employees to gauge their programming abilities. These will be programmers straight out of college. I'm looking for projects ...
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4answers
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Do you do custom tests/work for a potential employer before the interview? [closed]

Every shop I've worked at we have followed what I thought was a standard hiring sequence: Solicit resumes Phone screen applicants we are interested in In-person interview In some shops, second ...
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9answers
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Hiring a Junior Developer, What should I ask? [closed]

We are currently hiring a junior developer to help me out, as I have more projects than I can currently manage. I have never hired anyone who wasn't a friend or at least an acquaintance. I have a ...
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8answers
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Acceptable # Lines of Code for Projects to be Presented to Interviewer? [closed]

I'm going to graduate soon and I've been thinking. I have a few really small projects/scripts (~100-200 LOC) that I made on my free time and I have them on Github. I was wondering if they are "worthy" ...
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10answers
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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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4answers
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Advice: The first-time interviewer's dilemna [duplicate]

I've been working in my first job for about 2 years now, and I've been "asked" to interview a potential teammate (whom I might have to mentor as well) on pretty short notice (2 days from now). ...
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9answers
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How do I impress employers with my resume? [closed]

I built an entire website from scratch in 10 days which looks and feels professional with the site being unique. The site has features like logging in, sending activation emails, tag/content search ...
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4answers
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How Scala Developers Are Being Interviewed [closed]

How are Scala programmers being interviewed? What are the aspects that the interviewer looks for when interviewing a Scala developer?
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6answers
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Should I be put off a junior role that uses an online development test? [closed]

I've applied for a junior development role, or rather been found by a recruiter looking for a developer. In order to get to a telephone interview stage I've been asked to sit one of those online ...
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2answers
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Host Matching Interview Tips? [closed]

So I've gotten past the technical interviews for a company, and now I'm having an interview with my potential host for an internship during the summer. What are some tips for interviews like these? I ...
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7answers
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And if I ask the job interviewer for reasons to join the company? [closed]

In job interviews I am frequently asked if I know the company, explain why do I think I would be the best choice for this company, etc and I have never liked this kinds of questions. Using your ...
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Interview Questions in OOP [closed]

I faced the below interview questions in OOP under PHP language. Kindly clear my clarifications regarding this. I am very confused. As i am a beginner to OOP i got too confused. Could anyone clarify ...
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4answers
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What do I need to do, to get placed in any software company? [closed]

I'm doing my 3rd year CSE Engineering. I guess this is the right time to ask this question! As in the next year, I'm going to do projects, "get my hands dirty". And there is only few days left out, ...
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11answers
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What should be a fair amount of time in an interview before rejecting a candidate? [closed]

As a panelist for technical interviews, you often come across candidates who have all the requried educational qualifications, skill sets and experience level on resumes, but struggle to answer even ...
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8answers
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Using template questions in a technical interview [closed]

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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9answers
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What are QUICK interview questions for the Microsoft stack development jobs? [closed]

I'm looking for your best "quick answer" technical interview questions. We are a 100% Microsoft shop and do the majority of our development on the ASP.NET web stack in C# and have a custom SOA ...
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6answers
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How do you deal with Knowledge based questions in interviews? [closed]

In technical interviews which interviews experienced programmers , the interviewers ask a lot of knowledge based questions . [eg. Like how to configure this and that in the xml] . These questions have ...
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3answers
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Interview question: how much would you test before you stop? [closed]

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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4answers
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What should I ask interviewer during the interview? [closed]

I have an SDET interview upcoming in a week. I have been preparing for a long time. It is a good company. I am working as SDET for two years. I wonder what questions I should ask my interviewer ...
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4answers
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Interview question ranking FizzBuzz (1), implementing malloc (10) [closed]

I'd like to have your opinion on the difficulty of the following interview question: Find the contiguous subarray with maximum sum in an array of integers in O(n) time. This trivial sounding problem ...
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Card deck and sparse matrix interview questions [closed]

I just had a technical phone screen w/ a start-up. Here's the technical questions I was asked ... and my answers. What do think of these answers? Feel free to post better answers :-) Question 1: ...