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Re: (OT) Interview questions -- your response?

by demerphq (Chancellor)
on Sep 03, 2002 at 18:52 UTC ( #194853=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) Interview questions -- your response?

I wonder if your results arent just the effect of interview jitters. Except for the last one which is IMO so vague as to deserve a quite vague response (a request parser, a db interface layer, a templating system, and lots of hand waving).

The first seems like it should be answerable by anybody who has finished first year CS if not just some basic math skills, the second is so easy is that I triple checked my solution thinking that I must of missed some weird case. (apparently I didnt)

Hmm, are there any openings?


Yves / DeMerphq
Software Engineering is Programming when you can't. -- E. W. Dijkstra (RIP)

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Re: Re: (OT) Interview questions -- your response?
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Sep 03, 2002 at 19:03 UTC

    You're right that number is three is vague. That's deliberate. Candidates are allowed to ask questions for clarification and, if they haven't worked in a given environment (Web development, for example), then the vagueness allows them to not be tied to domain specific issues. Your's is exactly the sort of answer I was looking for: does the applicant know enough to break things out into different tiers?

    And while your answer for number two (in response to merlyn) was correct, it's less easy to immediately understand. I prefer very clear code, though you definitely would have passed the test :)


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