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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:53 AM

Okay, simples...

I have to write about 5 or 6 questions to be asked of a VB.Net developer in an interview. I need to know that they can handle OOP, Abstraction, Lambda Functions, Multi-Threading, Run Time Code Compilation, third party library integration - with run time integration of some, basic debugging.

These questions will be asked by non-technical people and I will need to produce an answer key for them as I will not be here to conduct the interview.

So, ideas for questions?

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:55 AM

I think you'll weed out a lot of folks that can't write basic sorting routines or reverse an array. It's sad, but true. I'd stick to basic fizz buzz questions.

Ultimately, it's not your problem who the company chooses to hire. And it might be worthwhile to suggest have another developer on your team conduct a technical interview.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:57 AM

I am the only actual developer on my team... My team is made up of Electrical Engineers (because all engineers are the same, right?)
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:59 AM

The electrical engineers can't write code? That's surprising.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:01 AM

well for starters keep it simple-- nothing makes people more anxious then when questions are asked that make no sense to the receiver. I've been on interviews where they spoke in jargon about code because that was their 1st job, were with the company for 10+ years and had their own names for processes. Humans by nature hate when people use big words. Take this request for instance -- Lambda Functions -- why is this so important? the company i work for hates these because it makes debugging code a chore... so unless it is an absolute requirement, you shouldnt bother questioning about these....

Is this for a senior position because most juniors wont know half that stuff you are going to question them about.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:06 AM

It sounds like TechnoBear is a senior developer trying to help her present employer hire a viable replacement, not a junior developer with a couple internships on the resume.

TechnoBear- I would have a candid conversation with your present employer. Ultimately, they want a qualified candidate with experience that can think. Any test or set of questions you give them won't test that. And HR folks won't be able to gauge the validity of any deviations from the answer key. There are headhunters that specialize in finding quality technical talent. I would suggest to your employer that they pursue that route. Ultimately, they failed to plan in the two months you gave them, and it doesn't seem like they realize you're leaving. My take is that poor planning on their part isn't an emergency on yours.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:10 AM

View Postmacosxnerd101, on 23 March 2016 - 07:06 AM, said:

It sounds like TechnoBear is a senior developer trying to help her present employer hire a viable replacement, not a junior developer with a couple internships on the resume.

TechnoBear- two months you gave them



wait 2 months and they are just now looking for someone?


let them fail
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:20 AM

So let me get this right...

your company is getting you to write questions to ask in a interview? and they are non-technical or programmers themselves.

Well that rules out getting the person to write any sort of code or psuedo code as they would have no way of finding out if his code is correct or not... unless you create a test harness for the question. I don't recommend even bring that up.

As DarenR stated keep it easy but at the same time challenging, I went to a interview where I was asked around 30-40 questions some of them was easy others were not. the main point is that they were all easy to understand.

Some questions i got asked were:

  • Is a string a value or a reference type
  • Can you name X different types of threading
  • Can you name X types of Data Abstraction


Whatever questions you choose you have to make sure that it is a closed answer due to the people asking them not being technical. For example you can't have a question stating can you explain the difference to me between a thread and a background worker.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:53 AM

Yes, I'm a Senior Engineer. Lambda Functions are important because they are in use and they will need someone that understands them should they require debugging.

As for keeping it simple, I'm afraid keeping it simple will allow people through that don't have the required knowledge. However, I also don't know how to write an answer key for higher level questions because answers can show some variance and still be correct.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:43 AM

Then have the HR folks outsource it. Geeze.. you are only a contractor.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:48 AM

modi123_1 I'm starting to wonder if you ever do any work ;)
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:51 AM

Well, no. It's called being practical.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:12 AM

This is what I have thus far, thoughts? I've tried to keep it simple and kind of cover what is needed at the same time, any thoughts on further questions I could have or better way to ask so I've already got?

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Some Things they may want to know about:
Have you worked with XML? (Weight: High)
Have you worked with Lambda Functions (Anonymous Functions)? (Weight: Minimal)
Have you worked with Multithreaded Applications? (Weight: Medium/High)

Questions:
What is OOP? (Weight: High)
Object-oriented programming
A technique to develop logical modules, such as classes that contain properties, methods, fields, and events.
Allows developers to develop modular programs
What is Abstraction? (Weight: Medium/Low)
Exposing only the relevant and essential data to the users without showing unnecessary information.
Logic is hidden from direct access from base program
What is Inheritance? (Weight: Medium)
Promotes the reusability of code and eliminates the use of redundant code.
It is the property through which a child class obtains all the features defined in its parent class.
What is the purpose of the shared keyword? (Weight: Medium/Low)
Programming elements which are not associated with a specific instance of a class or structure
Do not need to be assigned to an object
What Namespace is used for reading/writing to files and data streams? (Weight: Low)
System.IO
What namespace contains methods and functions for multithreading? (Weight: Low)
System.Threading
What namespace contains methods and functions for use with XML? (Weight: Low)
System.XML

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:40 AM

If I was asked what is abstraction and then what is inheritance I would say a type of abstraction, I would also start to panic especially if I didn't mention Inheritance when being asked about abstraction,
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:49 AM

I removed the Abstraction Question :)
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