So everybody knows that if you get a hr recruiter's interest,they will give you some kind of technical test.

Can someone post some example questions they think,or that they encountered while trying to get a job as a programmer?

Started by noatom, Oct 27 2013 01:25 PM

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:02 PM

I won't post exact questions, because that would violate the idea that the test is actually measuring your *ability* (versus your capacity to memorize test questions). But these are the sorts of things you are likely to run into:**if you need to cram or otherwise prepare for a programming job test, you are not qualified for the job**.

- Bitwise manipulations and other low-level mechanics to illustrate knowledge of how things work under the hood
- Basic understanding of how to apply algorithms and data structures
- More sophisticated understanding of how to
*create*algorithms and data structures - Open-ended questions designed to test your ability to design systems, debug systems, optimize, and so on

Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:22 PM

I'm not prepearing,i was just curious.I found a page on the web with a guy that applied for a programmer position at Ubisoft.

He had to solve a problem like:

you get an array of strings.You have to tell how many palindroms are in it.

**Edited by noatom, 27 October 2013 - 03:24 PM.**

Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:16 PM

He had to solve a problem like:

you get an array of strings.You have to tell how many palindroms are in it

As ApochPIQ stated, this is a case of applying basic algorithms to solve a problem. ApochPIQ's list is pretty consistent with what I've seen and the questions I ask when interviewing.

Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:22 AM

The best way to prepare yourself for interview questions is to start right now. Familiarize yourself with logic and math problems, all of them. Project Euler is a good place to start. I ask algorithmic questions to interviewees too, and my questions vary in difficulties. No one here can tell you what the questions are, since that vary by company and the person interviewing you.

Posted 28 October 2013 - 06:06 AM

The best way to prepare yourself for interview questions is to start right now. Familiarize yourself with logic and math problems, all of them. Project Euler is a good place to start. I ask algorithmic questions to interviewees too, and my questions vary in difficulties. No one here can tell you what the questions are, since that vary by company and the person interviewing you.

Thanks for the answer,i'll look into project euler.

Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:45 AM

Since my team got laid off, I've been interviewing at game & tech companies over a two week period. I have had over 10 technical interviews and a few 5 hour+ on site interviews. You could get asked anything from TCP/IP stack questions to solving DNA matching (no joke, I've been asked this at a game company.

My general recommendation is to study the basics and you'll be able to figure out how to solve anything on the spot.

Algorithms:

Algorithm Paradigms (divide and conquer, greedy, dynamic programming, linear programming, exhaustive search)

Selection Algorithms

Sorting Algorithms (quick, merge, heap, insertion, radix)

Data Structures:

Data Type sizes (int, char, long, double) and maximum capacity

Big O of insert, delete, find min/max, search, and get index for popular data structures (arrays, binary trees, heaps, maps)

Know the back end of popular data structures (red/black tree, hash table, linked list) and how they are implemented

3D Math:

vectors (what they are) and how to add, subtract, multiply scalar, multiply other vectors, etc

magnitude, dot product, cross product and when each one is used

angle between, orthogonal angle, perpendicular angle, etc

matrices and multiplication, transformation, rotation, identity, etc

General networking, general OpenGL, C++ programming riddles (i.e. find if linked list has loop, palindrome, pairs, numbers that add together and equal ?), frameworks, current programming engines, current programming techniques, pipelines to and from artist and projects you have worked on

I live in the Bay Area where recruiting and interviewing are both very cut throat. Things may be a little easier where you are from. Also I should point out that, after years of trying, I have never landed a game development job outside of mobile f2p, so other people may be able to help with PC/console interview strategies that work (because mine do not). But these are the questions that you should expect to see.

Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:18 PM

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:01 AM

It doesn't. Applying for an internship is the same as applying for a job.

Yes, I still interview interns the way I'd interview a regular candidate. You are competing with other interns rather than graduates/experienced workers, but you still need to distinguish yourself from the pack. You should prepare the same way.