What Can Brown Do For You? (jeremyb) wrote,
What Can Brown Do For You?

Possible Interview Questions

Below is a list of questions I plan on asking my victims candidates. Thoughts?

General Questions
Q: Everyone has strengths & weaknesses as workers. What are your strong points for this job?
Q: What would you say are areas needing improvement?
Q: Do you prefer working alone or in groups?
Q: What kind of people do you find it most difficult to work with? Why?
Q: What was your favorite course in college? Why?
Q: What was your most difficult course in school? What made it difficult?
Q: What are your hobbies/what do you do in your spare time? Do you belong to any organizations?
Q: What was your most difficult decision in the last six months? What made it difficult?
Q: Of your creative accomplishments big or small , at work or home, what gave you the most satisfaction?
Q: What made you want to become a software engineer?
Q: Why do you want to work for West?
Q: What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.

Thinking Questions
Q: Why are round manhole covers round, and square ones square?

Q: There is a room with a door (closed) and three incandescent light bulbs. Outside the room there are three switches, connected to the bulbs. You may manipulate the switches as you wish, but once you open the door you can't change them. Identify each switch with its bulb.

Q: If you had an infinite supply of water and a 5 quart and 3 quart pail, how would you measure exactly 4 quarts?

Q: What is the degree of difference in the hour and minute hands of an analog clock at 3:15

Q: There are 4 women who want to cross a bridge. They all begin on the same side. You have 17 minutes to get all of them across to the other side. It is night. There is one flashlight. A maximum of two people can cross at one time. Any party who crosses, either 1 or 2 people, must have the flashlight with them. The flashlight must be walked back and forth, it cannot be thrown, etc. Each woman walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the rate of the slower woman's pace.
Woman 1: 1 minute to cross
Woman 2: 2 minutes to cross
Woman 3: 5 minutes to cross
Woman 4: 10 minutes to cross

Q: Given a list of the numbers 1 to 1000, unsorted, with one number missing, how would you figure out which number is missing without sorting the list?

Technical Questions
Q: What is the difference between an Ethernet Address and an IP address?

Q: Define Polymorphism

Open Ended Questions
Q: Suppose you go home, enter your house/apartment, hit the light switch, and nothing happens - no light floods the room. What exactly, in order, are the steps you would take in determining what the problem was?

Q: If you had to learn a new computer language, how would you go about doing it?

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