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Interview question: “How do you make sure your logs are sufficient?” [closed]

I was in a job interview with a vp r&d today. I would like to ask it here, even though it is, in my opinion, too broad as a question. One of his questions went something like: "How do you make ...
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Find two horizontal lines to minimize distance to scattered points

I am having trouble with a coding question that I found practicing for a interview: A scatter graph of points on a page, draw two horizontal lines (these lines are parallel) across the page such that ...
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Strange interview question or deceptively simple? [closed]

Hi all: I've gotten this question like four times interviewing in silicon valley. What is the correct solution? Shuffling a deck of cards. The problem description is as follows: You are given a ...
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Does the workload problem belong to a class of computer science problem?

I went for an interview, and got a workload problem: Problem: write a function to tell whether a series of workloads will exceed the maximum workload or not Input: MaxWorkLoad: example 10 ...
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Should I show my commit history on an Interview Question? [closed]

I recently did a phone interview with a company. The interviewer told me that he didn't like like to get people to write code on the spot without access to stack overflow or documentation because that'...
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Using binary search in different scenarios

I have to give my one of the biggest interviews next week and I am working hard for that. I have also enrolled myself for some mock interviews for that. So, coming to the problem last day I had this ...
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Test Cases in an Interview Setting

In the first cracking the coding interview video Ms. McDowell talks about candidates that begin by writing test cases in whiteboard interviews. How would one go about this? For example, the ...
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Should Someone without Programming Knowledge Phone Screen? [closed]

I've been given most of the hiring responsibilities and will be conducting the in-person interviews. I'm also going through the resumes for worthy candidates. The plan is to have the HR department do ...
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How to prepare for INTERVIEW with PAIR PROGRAMMING (C#) [closed]

I have a stage in an interview process where I am supposed to do pair programming, or at least they want to see me working in Visual Studio with an experienced developer. This is a company promoting ...
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Does the phrase “range for R1-1 through R10H” actually have an agreed-upon meaning? [closed]

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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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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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 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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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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Is my work on a developer test being taken advantage of? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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How should we “pick the comfortable programming language” in an interview? [closed]

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 slaves. ...
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Implementing basic data structures in programming interviews [closed]

I have been preparing to do my first technical interview in a month, and I have a question about implementing common data structures like stacks or linked lists. I plan to do the interview in either ...
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Open source project question in interview [closed]

I've recently applied for a position as C# developer, and during the interview, the interviewers asked me many times if I contribute to develop one or more open source project. Since they let me ...
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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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Problem solving skills and job interviews [closed]

Probably few of you are interviewing wannabe programmers. I'm 28, never worked as a programmer, but spent few months learning C and solving problems. I loved it so much that I do it every day just ...
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Is over-engineering a warning sign? [closed]

So we present a straightforward coding exercise to new candidates with some well defined requirements. Occasionally we receive solutions which don't really solve the problem at hand, but are over-...
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In need of a more technical answer for an interview question about how the internet works from beginning to end [closed]

I've had interviews with 5 separate people over the past two weeks and three of those five have all asked me this question: Explain what happens between hitting "Google.com" and the page coming up on ...
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Interview question “What is virtual function” [closed]

It was funny for me, and I'm interesting the reaction for this question of the community. It was interview for C++/Qt developer, and question was asked "What is virtual function". Not something like "...
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Pre-Interview Screening Questions [closed]

I need to hire a senior software developer. I've switched to a new recruiter and he's asked for about 3 questions to ask each candidate on the phone that he'll send the answers to when I see the CV ...
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Without C++-like destructors, how do we return resources that aren't managed by garbage collector in Java? [duplicate]

I'm in a job hunting. And in my CV I placed a skill list like: Skills: C/C++/Java/... The most common question I got is: "hem, since you are familiar with both C++ and Java, can you tell some ...
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Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language? [closed]

I am learning Python currently which wasn't part of my college curriculum. I was asked in an interview why I chose Python and I replied that it is easy to learn and the documentation is very well ...
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Will a MQ topic persist messages when one of the consumers is down [closed]

If I have a websphere MQ topic and 3 listeners have subscribed to the Topic. One listener is down when a message comes in the Topic. Other listeners consume the message. When the listener comes back ...
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What standards can be expected from graduate/junior engineers? [closed]

Are buffer overflows acceptable from a graduate developer? Are we setting the bar too high? What are the expected capabilities of graduate/junior engineers? Context: We are currently recruiting for ...
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What is the intention behind asking weight of plane? [closed]

I was asked this question "How would you find weight of Aeroplane" in an interview and I am not sure why this question was one of the two question asked in the interview. I tried to answer it using ...
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Pre-screening coding test - How long is reasonable? [closed]

EDIT After a good amount of thinking and self-reflection on the topic, I realised that most of the issues I raised in this question was coming only from a personal, rather than a professional ...
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Job interview for Trainee Programmer, how to increase chances of success? [closed]

I have my first programming job interview today (in a few hours!) and would like some advice. The job title is Trainee Programmer and it is for a secure printing company. I have found a lot on the ...
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Should I be worried about overengineering programming assignments given during interview process? [closed]

I recently had a phone interview with a company. After that phone interview, I was told to complete a short programming assignment (a small program; shouldn't take more than three hours). I'm only ...
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Please tell me I'm not alone (can't program on paper) [duplicate]

So I went to a job interview today. Long story short, the interviewers were delighted with my knowledge and experience, they were practically showing me to my new desk. Needless to say, what delighted ...
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What to expect from a 'peer interview' for a new grad position? [duplicate]

I apologize if something like this has been asked, I did try to look for something similar. I am graduating May 16th, and I applied for a position posted as '.NET Application Developer' requiring 1-2 ...
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General thought process for “How would you build this website/app” interview questions [closed]

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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How common is it for a team to write everything in-house? [closed]

In a recent interview I asked the interviewers "how do you go about evaluating new technologies and libraries (such as SignalR) and bringing them in to use?". They said they don't, that instead they ...
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How do I evaluate programming interview preparation websites? [closed]

I ran across the CareerCup website which says they can help prepare you for programming interviews with various US based top tech companies. They don't "guarantee" anything, and the site appears to be ...
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In an interview, is it better to code a brute-force solution to a tough question, or to spend the interview examining the question carefully? [closed]

Sometimes interview questions are hard, whether the interviewer intends them to be, or not. It can come down to a choice of whether to use the limited interview time to code up an ugly, inefficient, ...
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What are some JavaScript selectors? [closed]

I was at an interview recently and although they knew that I was a beginner in javascript they asked me what selectors I used before? I didn't know what to say. I came back home and searched for it ...
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Engineering interview candidate refuses to use whiteboard [duplicate]

Today I experienced a first in a technical interview. The candidate refused to use the whiteboard to solve an algorithm question, as I requested. There was no sort of disability at play or anything (...
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what to make of a Microsoft Most-Valued-Professional who believes that .NET types are either primitive or complex? [closed]

I thought that in .NET types are either value types or reference types. But this guy, when asked about .NET types, talked about "primitive types" and "complex types". I understand that people ...
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Are there any tools for remote coding interview? [closed]

Firstly, I'm not exactly sure if this question is a better fit over here, or on workplace.SE. So forgive me if it is in the wrong place. We are interviewing some candidates for a development position,...
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What's the point of those technique detailed interview question for Senior dev? [closed]

I've had an internal promotion interview for gain a higher level programmer title, something like Senior plus. And I've been interviewed by around 7 people using different technology, and people ...
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OO Design related questions in technical interviews [closed]

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? I've ...