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by newbabymonks
on Sep 06, 2011 at 11:09 UTC ( #924356=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
newbabymonks has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

HI All, This is Dinesh, Iam a fresher for perl programing, could anyone please provide the basic interview question and answer for perl Please do the needful Thanks, Dinesh

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Re: Provide material
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 06, 2011 at 11:14 UTC
Re: Provide material
by JavaFan (Canon) on Sep 06, 2011 at 11:19 UTC
    could anyone please provide the basic interview question and answer for perl
    Just the question: What's the difference between perl, Perl and PERL?
      That's easy. On Windows there is no difference at all, At All, AT ALL.
Re: Provide material
by raybies (Chaplain) on Sep 06, 2011 at 13:07 UTC
    What's a hash?
Re: Provide material
by chrestomanci (Priest) on Sep 06, 2011 at 13:10 UTC

    If you don't understand perl yourself, then you are not qualified to conduct a perl technical interview. You need to find some in house perl experts and ask them to come up with some standard questions and conduct the interview.

    If no one in your organisation understands perl, then why are you looking to recruit some?

Re: Provide material
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Sep 06, 2011 at 13:45 UTC
        This is Dinesh, Iam a fresher for perl programing, could anyone please provide the basic interview question

    I am of the opinion that you'd better hope that your potential employer doesn't read Perl Monks and make the connection between this post and your upcoming interview. Or am I jumping to a conclusion? Are you the interviewer or interviewee?

    If you are the hiring manager then you should concentrate on the soft sciences types of questions and not get into the technical part of Perl programming.

    Just my $0.02 worth....


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg

      I think that newbabymonks is the interviewer not the candidate. My guess is that he is a non technical manager at a company that does outsourced programming projects, and that they have just landed a contract to maintain some legacy perl on the strength of exaggerated promises and a low ball fee.

      Except they have no perl programmers on the payroll, so they need to recruit some fast hence their urgent need for some technical questions to filter out applicants that have lied about their qualifications. I doubt it will end well.

            I doubt it will end well.

        My read as well. It has been my experience, especially in the last six months or so, that there are a ton of contract houses out there throwing bodies at projects with no hope of filling their client's needs effectively. The bodies they throw at the projects are willing to work for peanuts so the clients bite and it screws things up for the rest of us. Grr.


        Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
        Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
        Oh wow, and I was thinking some kind of car freshner salesman :p
Re: Provide material
by pemungkah (Priest) on Sep 06, 2011 at 15:55 UTC
    Hi, Dinesh. Part of the reason that we're being reluctant is that Perl has, unfortunately, an associate perception that Perl programmers aren't very good.

    We're unenthusiastic about handing you a set of questions and answers because knowing the answers to elementary questions (what's a hash, how do you use it, how do objects work in Perl) will tell you very little about how good a Perl programmer is.

    Put it this way - if you were interviewing for a job, and could tell that the interviewer did not know anything about the subject he was interviewing you on, would you take the job? Would you think that the company was a solid place or risky to get involved with? Would you be leery of whether the company was trying to do things properly in other parts of the organization (like paying taxes, marketing, accounting...)? I know these would all be questions I'd be asking myself.

    You really need to find someone in the organization who knows Perl to do a Perl interview. You wouldn't ask the marketing guys to do a detailed interview of a tax specialist - don't try to do that here. You'll either end up hiring a bullshit artist who has memorized a list of questions and answers (like the one you're asking for here!), or someone who isn't very good at Perl but interviews well.

      You get what you pay for, so if you pay for monkeys, you get monkeys ... and quite a few people here had the displeasure of having to fix the results produced by a bunch of under-educated monkeys typing away on their keyboards.

      In this particular case it's hard to tell whether Dinesh is a monkey or a monkey herder, in either case whoever his/her/its client is would do better if they hired a company that knows what the heck it is doing. Shame is ... they will not. It's better for the manager's wallet to preside over fifty-something monkeys than over five real developers. Even though the five produce more than the fifty. It's the headcount that counts.

      Jenda
      Enoch was right!
      Enjoy the last years of Rome.

      We're unenthusiastic about handing you a set of questions and answers because...

      I think, another reason is, well, its a very tall order :)

      But its ok, Perlmonks has 924424 nodes, say 10% makes good interview questions, that is ninety-two thousand potential questions to choose from :) Super Search away:p

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