Python Interview Questions

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Tue Jul 10 11:42:54 CEST 2012

On 10/07/2012 09:03, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM, Shambhu Rajak
> <Shambhu.Rajak at> wrote:
>> I agree with Christian, a developer should have hobbies other than computer stuffs. Versatile environment give more
>> Ability to think differently.
>> I like playing guitar :-)
> Music and programming do go VERY well together. My hobbies include
> online roleplaying (Dungeons & Dragons, etc), writing/managing a MUD,
> playing the church organ, and arranging 19th-century music. It's not
> at all an uncommon pairing.
> But would a job interviewer REALLY care that I spend my Sunday
> mornings up front, hiding behind two manuals and a set of faulty
> pedals? Or would it be of interest that I play the odd video game (and
> believe you me, some of the games I play are VERY odd)? If so, I
> hereby resign all hope of comprehending job interviews, and will fall
> back on Mr Hall Pycroft's notion[1] that there's absolutely no logic
> to them at all.
> ChrisA
> [1] cf Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Stock-Broker's Clerk

Surely the purpose of asking questions about hobbies or similar is to 
establish whether or not the person is likely to fit in?

Slightly different tack, you have to get into the interview, i.e. pass 
the first thirty seconds test.  I recall reading in a book in the local 
library of a manager that wouldn't employ people unless they were 
wearing a new pair of shoes.  Guess they didn't take many people on.


Mark Lawrence.

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