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

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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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Dealing with interview tests [on hold]

I have few years programming and right now I'm looking for new opportunities, today I made a programming test with 5 problems and I did really bad, I just did 2 and the others I just made them ...
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Does it look bad to take a break between programming jobs? [closed]

I've been working the same software development job for a few years now but the culture (or lack of proper culture) of the place has finally gotten to me and I have given my notice. To be brief: The ...
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Question I was asked during a job interview [migrated]

I was asked during a job interview the following question, to which I couldn't find an answer then, and this thing is still bothering me. I was hoping someone might know the answer here: Consider ...
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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. ...
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Do development standards vary by city? [closed]

I'm a .Net C# developer who got most of my experience working for a government office in DC. There, it was relatively easy to find a job. I would put my resume out, and in no more than a month I ...
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How can I rewrite this linked-list manipulation as tail-recursive?

This is an interview question I was once asked, and now I ask many of my interviewees. I have yet to see anyone come up with a tail-recursive solution during the interview. Given a liked list, I'd ...
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How to determine number of resources to be allocated in a software project? [closed]

Last day I have been interviewed and the interviewer asked me as given the outline of a project, how can we determine the number of resources to be needed for the same? I don't know to do so. Is ...
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Kind of project for pair programming interview

As discussed in the SO question Pair Programming for a job interview, there are mixed feelings on the usefulness of this approach. For those that have used this approach, what kind of projects are ...
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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 of them responded, I had a pretty lengthy phone interview (perhaps an hour +) and they then set me up with a developer test. I was ...
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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 important is it for a programmer to have an online presence? [closed]

I've noticed more and more mentions (both in posts here and in actual job descriptions) of programmers' "portfolios" - typically their public profiles on sites such as this, GitHub, etc. How ...
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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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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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Do hiring managers have a hard time accepting developers who have a “business look alike” personal app but are NOT entrepreneurs? [closed]

Directly post graduation from University, I decided to build my own web app (Ease My Day) while waiting to get a job as a software Engineer. The reasons to build this app: Gain solid hands on ...
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Mechanics of reasoning during programming interviews [closed]

This is not the usual "I don't want to write code during an interview", in this question the assumption is that I need to write code during an interview (think about the level of rewriting the ...
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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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C# Interview Preparation - References? [closed]

This is a specific question relating to C#. However, it can be extrapolated to other languages too. While one is preparing for an interview of a C# Developer (ASP.NET or WinForms or ), what would be ...
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How to recognize people with potential to become a coder [closed]

I work in finance and we have the habit to hire young people out of college, most of them with little-to-non coding experience. We are not looking for future quants, just business analysts with an ...
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How are the skills used in typical interview questions applied in the real job? [closed]

For SQL and C# app dev jobs, the interviewers usually ask questions about tree,graph and linked list traversals using pure C and pointers. In the 3 years I've spent in my job, I've never had to ...
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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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Does LINQ require significantly more processing cycles and memory than lower-level data iteration techniques?

Background I am recently in the process of enduring grueling tech interviews for positions that use the .NET stack, some of which include silly questions like this one, and some questions that are ...
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As an interviewer, asking a candidate to find errors in small sample code. Is this fair? [closed]

We've been interviewing on and off for about two years, and I've run this by about 30 candidates. I wrote some 20 lines of code which perform a relatively basic operation, but has a bunch of errors in ...
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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 ...