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 explain Inheritance and Polymorphism to NON CS Students with examples? [closed]

I was wondering if some one could help me with explaining Inheritance and Polymorphism with real world examples to NON CS students preparing for a job interview in a IT firm. PS: My first question on ...
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QA Analyst Pre-Screening Questionnaire [closed]

Despite my work experience, I've always hated "written tests", ever since the beginning of my own public education. I'd like to know other Quality Analyst's answers to the following questions as it ...
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What do interviewers look for in candidates applying for senior level developer position? [closed]

I recently had 3 interviews for a senior level software developer position and didn't get the job :( Though I personally thought I did a fairly good job at the interviews (except for couple of ...
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Common interview: flexibility on code test? [closed]

I'm looking my first job and tomorrow I have my first interview in which they will test my programming skills by doing some code. I want to know if it's usual they let you search on internet if you ...
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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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What makes a good interview question for a junior applicant? [closed]

We had a debate a few days ago at work about some question we ask during interviews. We are in the on-going process of hiring "junior" C++ developers which is kind-of new to the company (we used to ...
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Why are SW engineering interviews disproportionately difficult (vs. research interviews)? [closed]

First, some background on me. I have a PhD in CS and have had jobs both as a software engineer and as an R&D research scientist, both at Very Large Corporations You Know Very Well. I recently ...
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What to expect as a programmer in a bank? [closed]

After three phone interviews, I got this offer in a large bank as a Java programmer. I have no prior experience in financial institutions (only two years as a regular Java dev), so I'm a little bit ...
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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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Preparing for an interview slightly outside my skillset [closed]

I have 4 years of experience in web development, so: PHP, javascript, Mysql, HTML, CSS, the usuals. I have an interview soon for a position involving c#, wpf and other desktop programming languages. ...
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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 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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Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name? [closed]

Would you consider it appropriate if you were asked for your Stack Exchange username in a software job interview (or as a pre-interview screening question)? To me, it seems like a very reasonable ...
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test for graduate software developer role? [closed]

I'm looking for tests that are suitable for a graduate software developer role, mainly tests that are about reviewing code and finding faults and etc, multiple choice or otherwise.preferably code ...
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How to show confidence during an interview? [closed]

I got into an interview which I knew what I am trying to explain or have some idea on the question of the interviewer. What's the best way to explain it and show my confidence?
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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 much help should I give during technical interviews?

I'm asked to perform or sit in during many technical interviews. We ask logic questions and simple programming problems that the interviewee is expected to be able to solve on paper. (I would rather ...
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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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Rejecting time bound programming exercises in interview [closed]

I have come across a few hands on programming scenarios at recent job interviews. Implement a queue in C# only using arrays. Call to get an item will take first item out from the queue(write on ...
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Should a senior developer refuse to take paper exams during an interview?

I found that many senior developers refuse to do paper exams in interviews. They regard the exam as a kind of humiliation, because they think that "They don't trust my programming ability even if I ...
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FizzBuzz - really?

When it comes to "interview test" questions, the subject of FizzBuzz often comes up. There is also a Coding Horror post about it. Now, if you bother reading sites such as this, you are probably less ...
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OO Design related questions in technical interviews

I've been attending quite a few interviews recently and have been asked by companies to answer "design a [insert model]" questions more than a few times. Is this normal in the industry nowadays? ...
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Is UML a good way to shortly and simply explain a concept? [closed]

I was recently in a job interview that was mostly technical. One of the things that stood out was my difficulty explaining ideas and concepts. During the interview I decided not to use UML to ...
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Is it a deal breaker if the HR person asks programming questions during an interview? [closed]

The title pretty much says it all, but the longer story is: I went to a job interview last year for a junior tester position. The first interview was with a person from HR. This is weird, in my ...
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What's the best way to show some of my code during an interview? [duplicate]

I realize that there are already a couple of questions about this, but they mostly are about if you should bring code to the interview, which is not the case here. I have a job interview (at a ...
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NDA's in interviews

I have interviews scheduled for two, large, respectable, somewhat competing, American companies. One of them (the one for which the interview takes place first) has asked that I bring a signed NDA to ...
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The Joel Test's equivalent for measuring a programmer [closed]

I understand that to measure a project or code, we can use The Joel Test, but is there any simple standard test (like The Joel Test) that is able to measure and filter how good a programmer is? My ...
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Should we hire someone who writes C in Perl?

One of my colleagues recently interviewed some candidates for a job and one said they had very good Perl experience. Since my colleague didn't know Perl, he asked me for a critique of some code ...
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Web Developer interview questions

I read an article today that listed some basic questions about web development: Describe how POST data was submitted to a server by a browser. Explain a number of HTTP status codes (except maybe 404 ...
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Constructive ways to answer “What was your most challenging project? and why?” [closed]

I am asked this question many times in the interviews. What was your most challenging project -- and why? I get confused about which project to tell them and why some project would look ...
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How to create a Python interview question to write a method

If I'm giving an interview coding question in Java, I can specify the most of the question just by giving a method signature. (Made-up example follows.) public class Table { public String ...
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I failed FizzBuzz, would you hire me?

I'm a developer with a CS degree and have work experience doing development in a number of languages for almost 3 years. Today I had an interview, overall it went quite well, I prepared for most of ...
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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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Will interns and entry level positions care more about algorithms or projects/experience [closed]

I am 3 months into learning java, read head first java and made 4 things on my github + many small things. I also started learning android this month, but now am tossing and turning not knowing my ...
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How to market yourself as a software developer? [closed]

I have noticed that this is a frequent issue among younglings from technical areas such as ours. In the beginning of our careers we simply don't know how to sell ourselves to our employers, and ...
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How should we “pick the comfortable programming language” in an interview?

When they ask you to choose the programming language you are comfortable with before an interview, is it to ask questions about the programming language or to check how well you code in it? Like for ...
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Greek philosophers, stone tablets and dumb slaves problem [closed]

This is one of the questions that I came across while preparing for a programming interview. Design a system for Greek philosophers to exchange messages using stone tablets carried by dumb ...
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When interviewing programmers, are algorithm problem solving skills relevant for a job were solving such algoritm problems isn't normally needed? [closed]

Software created for some business domains don't require heavy use of algorithm problem solving skills on the job from the programmers working there. For example, a JEE developer might most of the ...
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Tricky logic puzzles - Are they really useful in assessing programming skills?

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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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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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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Have an assesment day for a company and have no clue what to expect and would like any advice please! [closed]

I am after some advice in regards to an assessment day I have coming up in 38 days time. I am a computer science graduate who graduated last year and have since been having difficulty finding work. I ...
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How to identify potential for becoming a programmer [closed]

There's heaps of information out there on hiring someone who's already a programmer. (Or claims to be one.) But what about identifying someone who has the potential to become a programmer, with ...
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How to scope code base health when interviewing for new a company? [duplicate]

I've recently started working for an awesome company, on a product which is a steaming pile once you go under the hood. Apart from asking for a code review (which I doubt I'd get anyway), what are ...
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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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Programming interview question on Trees

I was asked this interview question at a top internet website company recently. Certain empty glasses of water are arranged in the following order When you pour liquid into the 1st glass if ...
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An intern interview with Microsoft [closed]

I'm currently in my second year(Computer Science and Mathematics). In two days I have an interview on campus with Microsoft. I'm a bit nervous, because this will be my first in person interview. I ...
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Approximately how much is solid and broad knowledge of data structures and algorithms worth in the employment market? [closed]

I'm wondering how much I can boost my salary if I was to gain a strong and broad understanding of data structures and algorithms. I know the real basis but there are so many data-structures out there ...
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Is it just me or is this a baffling tech interview question?

Background I was just asked in a tech interview to write an algorithm to traverse an "object" (notice the quotes) where A is equal to B and B is equal to C and A is equal to C. That's it. That is ...
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how to improve design ability [closed]

I recently went on a couple of interviews and all of them asked a one or two design questions, like how you would design a chess, monopoly, and so on. I didn't do good on those since I am a college ...