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Perl interview questions?

by amoura (Initiate)
on Dec 17, 2002 at 06:00 UTC ( #220454=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

amoura has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello guys, does any one know a good site containg samples questions for a job intreview in Perl and scripting. thanks so much for help

update (broquaint): title change (was perl review questions)

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Re: perl review questions
by larsen (Parson) on Dec 17, 2002 at 09:14 UTC
      thanks all
Re: perl review questions
by tachyon (Chancellor) on Dec 17, 2002 at 08:21 UTC

    Perl with XML was a node where someone posted part of the job interview at RiskMetrics asking for answers....




Re: perl review questions
by Jaap (Curate) on Dec 17, 2002 at 15:18 UTC
    Reading all those 'interview' topics, it seems to me that most interviewers are trying to trick candidates into saying something stupid.

    I think i'd try to just talk to the applicant about programming-related stuff and then in a matter of minutes you get a good grasp of his/her abilities/knowledge. A good (potential) programmer is one who is intelligent, knows a little bit of math, and has ever programmed in any language

    My advice is: don't focus on things you can teach a monkey (like always turn on strict and warnings and tainting) but focus on intelligence (do they like the idea of code reusability, some OO stuff maybe)
Re: perl review questions
by Marza (Vicar) on Dec 17, 2002 at 06:30 UTC

    You looking for a job or interviewing a person?

    I would ask people here as many of them consult/contract

    Just post a little more detail what you want.

      Marza, I will be intreviewing for a job :) , I need some tricky things or things to foucs on . thanks
        I need some tricky things

        That's the last thing you need. You shouldn't be trying to trick applicants with obscure questions during interviews. Instead focus on the important areas:

        • Look for a language independent understanding of programming, not just 463 ways to use unpack. Afterall, Perl isn't the best tool for every job, and even when it is their code will still benefit from the knowledge.
        • Make sure they know the basics and can find the answers to more detailed questions if they're unsure. For example, ask them to write code to access a database, let them view the DBI docs if they haven't done this before.
        • Look for code reuse. Ask them why they wouldn't write an XML or HTML parser in Perl from scratch.
        • Get them to write some code, ask them about its maintainability and security.

        The list goes on. As larsen noted, check out (OT) Interview questions -- your response? for many more good approaches.

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