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

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I have a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program [on hold]

Well I went through university to obtain my Bachelors in computer science but I don't feel confident at all in programming. I know, I know, practice. Well I am practicing but I feel that it will be ...
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Does a computer science major need any certificates after completing their major? [closed]

assuming one were to do well academically, and build up their portfolio also during their free time (hobby and such), would a programmer/software engineer need certs, like IT pros do? or is it enough ...
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Does the phrase “range for R1-1 through R10H” actually have an agreed-upon meaning?

I was recently sent a code test by a potential employer to complete on my own time. The first question has to do with identifying whether a given zoning code falls within a range of codes. I'm not ...
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What does algorithm solving show during interviews? [closed]

I just participated in a very lively and enjoyable session where 2 programmers solved the "battleship game" problem with me by pairing up. For those who do these kinds of tests in interviews ? What ...
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Licensing code submitted after job interview [duplicate]

I applied for a job in a small company (~25 employees) on December and after a month the CEO of the company wrote to me that he is interested to interview me. During the interview I got a bad ...
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Whiteboard “testing” during an interview: legitimate way to back up your (whiteboard) code?

As I get it, having an error (even a typo like or missing ";") in your whiteboard code will often cost you some interview points. Avoiding that will inevitably make one proof-reading code again and ...
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Compute Adjacent Pair

I was asked the following question as part of an interview: Integer V lies strictly between integers U and W if U < V < W or if U > V > W. A non-empty zero-indexed array A consisting of ...
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Multithreading synchronization interview question: Find n words given m threads

I came across this question: You are given a paragraph , which contain n number of words, you are given m threads. What you need to do is , each thread should print one word and give the ...
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Interview question - Robot in a grid

This was recently asked to someone I know in an interview with a top engineering company. A robot has to move in a grid which is in the form of a matrix. It can go to A(i,j)--> A(i+j,j) ...
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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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Which way is more efficient for getting the space count?

I have just started reading Cracking the Coding Interview. One of the problems (specifically 1.4) after solving and then looking at the answer made me question the way it is done and decided to post ...
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Should private functions be held to the same standards as public functions?

If I'm building private utility functions, should they be held to the same rigorous standards in terms of handling invalid data as public functions? Example:If I'm writing code to calculate the ...
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Does anyone else feel like confused even after they're done studying programming tutorial? [closed]

I am learning core java and I was studying from java trails on oracle website. When I was done learning the Thread trail, still there was a sort of confusion and blurriness at the back of my head. I ...
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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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How do I design an arbitrary system in an interview?

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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Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given

Given some random letters , For example "a,e,o,g,z,k,l,j,w,n" and a dictionary.Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given I was going through some old interview questions and ...
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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 you prepare for whiteboard interview? [duplicate]

I have been a business owner since 1999. I've had many businesses, most of them successful - as in earning a reasonable salary for myself or even making something much grander than that. My fortune ...
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How to tackle a technical test for job interview [closed]

So, I have been given a technical exam to test a piece of data - The role is Software Developer in Test. To keep this general and helpful to others (and to prevent closure), the question doesn't ...
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Which weak algorithmic strategies I have that lead me to failing coding this simple algorithm? [closed]

I am a graduate student in computer science who graduated recently from a famous university. I applied to my first software engineering job and I failed the technical interview by failing to answer ...
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What are effective interview questions? [closed]

What questions will validly judge an individuals skills as a programmer? These should be applicable to a programmer using any language, and they should be aimed at entry level positions possibly ...
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How do you find the first common element in two arrays

The way I did it was to loop through each at the same time and add the current value to a separate set for each of the lists. Also, check if the current element is already in the other list's set. I ...
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How to write freelancing in resume for programmers job [closed]

I had 3 years full time work experience in web development. I had to leave the job and come to overseas (my home) for 1.5 years due to personal problem, but I did some free lance work in web ...
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Would be good to include your freelancer account in your Resume / CV when applying for a job?

I've been working as a freelancer for about two years in vWorker. Any person can visit a coder's profile, and see in how many projects the coder has worked on, (if the coders allows) see how much the ...
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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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Storing 5000 elements on client side in a web application [closed]

I just had a phone interview for ASP.Net developer, after initial introductory stuff the interviewer ask me first technical question: "How would you store 5000 elements on client side for each user ...
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Should I give the answer to a failed interview coding exercise?

We had a senior level interview candidate fail a nuance of the FizzBuzz question12. I mean, really, utterly, completely, failed the question - not even close. I even coached him through to thinking ...
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Developer failing developer interviews [closed]

I'm a Java developer, mostly doing Spring stuff. I understand the patterns, OOP, bean injection, multithreading and everything that goes with it. I don't feel like I'm a bad developer, I get my stuff ...
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Intership Interview Tips? [closed]

I am currently a freshman in college studying CS. I recently submitted my resume to a small subset of HP in my hometown and got a response back saying they will contact me for a phone interview. I ...
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How to test a random feature in MS Excel/WORD/PPT

Interviewers often ask questions about testing a random feature in Excel, Word, Notepad etc.. I am someone who will be interviewing for a SDET position and has a SDE background not specifically SDET ...
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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 ...
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What is your coding interview checklist? [closed]

Imagine that you have a coding interview in next 1 week. What would be in your checklist in terms of preparations ? What are some of the algorithms you would implement to refresh your memory ? ...
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Should I avoid using 'break' during a coding interview? [duplicate]

I have an upcoming internship interview with Microsoft and, although I rarely use break in my own code, it does simplify things a lot of times and bring me to a solution faster when coding on the ...
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Should simple tasks be divided into separate functions? [duplicate]

If I have to write a simple program (25-35 lines), should I divide it even further, in functions which have a few lines and get executed max. 2 times, or to put it all im one? e.g. if I need to add ...
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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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Why the question “give five things you hate about C#” is so difficult to answer during an interview?

In podcast 73, Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood discuss, among other subjects, "five things everyone should hate about their favorite programming language": If you’re happy with your current tool ...
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How to set an ungoogleable coding test? [closed]

Question In a coding test (for example), what is an example of a type of question that cannot be easily googled to find the answer? Is there a formula that can be used to create questions that are ...
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Whiteboard Interviews - Does choice of language matter? [closed]

I have a simple question regarding whiteboard interviews. Does the language you code an answer in matter? If my best language by far is Ruby, will I get points taken off for coding in Ruby? Or do I ...
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FizzBuzz can't be a good interview question! [closed]

I've seen some topics on FizzBuzz and decided it was time for me to chime in. Are people really suggesting that FizzBuzz is a good interview question? It's so easy! All you have to do is generate a ...
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FizzBuzz on Large Scale

So I was asked to create FizzBuzz at an interview... Easy enough but then they say what if there is a million data points. ie. divisible by 3 divisble by 5 divisble by 6 up until a billion. What is ...
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Given a subset of numbers and subset of sums. Match the numbers to sums.(Harder than appears)

I found the question below on a forum board. I'm not sure what the most efficent solution is. I'm not sure this fits exact cover, and approaching it via exhaustive backtracking seems somewhat ...
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@SuppressWarnings in coding test submission

I am working on a coding test for an employer. It is not a particularly hard question but I am trying to do it as well and technically correctly as possible for obvious reasons. I ran into a problem ...
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Is my work on a developer test being taken advantage of?

I am looking for a job and have applied to a number of positions. One employer responded. I had a pretty lengthy phone interview (perhaps an hour +) and they then set me up with a developer test. I ...
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What's a “Professional Fit” interview? [closed]

So I went through an initial interview on school campus, and an on-site interview(one day, mostly technical interviews) with this company, and then a week later, I am told that there will be an ...
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Count Sort Algorithm efficiency

As I am reading a Book about "Algorithm Analysis", I came across count_sort Algorithm. A question has been raised in my head. I read in many other papers, that "Quick Sort/ Merge Sort" are the best ...
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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers? [closed]

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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exact answer for “what is j2ee?” - job interview [closed]

I'd like to ask if someone of you knows the exact meaning of JEE. That's because a collegue of mine was asked this question in a job interview, and was "unable to answer properly"... to speak with ...
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can non-programing fizzbuzz work? [closed]

We all know what a fizzbuzz is and I've seen many varients of programs to be implemented. However, it takes time to watch someone write the code out, it seems time inefficent to sit there watching ...
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I know JavaScript really well, but i bomb coding interviews [closed]

So I'm currently on a hunt for a new position as a Front-End Developer. I know JavaScript very well and can wax poetically about Closures, Currying, Prototypal Inheritance, Design Patterns, App ...
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General thought process for “How would you build this website/app” interview questions

I've collected a bunch of interview questions like "Describe how you would design a photo album application", "Describe how you would design this particular feature of this particular website" (e.g. ...