Thursday, May 29, 2008

Reference list of interview questions for a software engineer position

These are all non-technical and have been collected from several websites. They're also ordered by what I would try first.
  • So, tell me a little about yourself.
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What relevant experience do you have?
  • Do you have any questions to ask me?
  • Questions on the projects listed on the Resume.
  • Tell me what you know about this company.
  • Have you done anything to further your experience?
  • How do you keep yourself updated on the latest tools, techniques, technologies etc?
  • What steps would you go through when given a though problem to solve involving a completely new technology?
  • What motivates you to do a good job?
  • Talk about the last 2 technical books you read.
  • If given a new programming problem, what is your first step in producing code?
  • Tell me a suggestion you have made that was implemented.
  • What are the really important aspects of software development?
  • Is there anyone you just could not work with?
  • If your previous co-workers were here, what would they say about you?
  • Has anything ever irritated you about people you’ve worked with?
  • What is your ideal team size?
  • How would you deal with changes being made a week or so before the ship date?
  • Why do you want to work at X Company?
  • How would you deal with a bug that no one wants to fix?
  • So, explain why I should hire you.
  • If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
  • What’s your greatest strength?
  • What’s your biggest weakness?
  • What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
  • What do you like about your current job? What don't you like?
  • How would you rate your current management?
  • How are you when you’re working under pressure?
  • Are you willing to put the interests of X Company ahead of your own?
  • Let’s talk about salary. What are you looking for?
  • Why are you looking (or why did you leave you last job)?
Some additional tips.


Anonymous said...

you could just give us some tips of how answering some of those questions...

Ricardo N C said...

I believe there are no right answers. They are subjective and strongly related to Company X's culture.

Anonymous said...

Hey, what about the famous "What is your favorite text editor"?

Anonymous said...

notepad++ ?

Unknown said...

Ofcource, very helpful. could you just give us some tips of how answering some of those questions?

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