[Tutor] interview questions

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Sat Jan 19 10:15:55 CET 2008

"Varsha Purohit" <varsha.purohit at gmail.com> wrote

>       I have an interview in python program development. Can i know 
> some
> interview questions in python ? If you know any website where i can 
> refer
> that would be helpful.

Interview styles vary enormously but in my experience the
language specific bits of an interview will only take up 10-20%
of the interview. The bulk of the interview time would be spent
trying to understand how you approach problem solving in
general, how well you understand the dynamics of a project
and team working, maybe a bit on management issues
to see if you have long term potential.

Language specifics range from showing buggy code and
asking you to find the faults, asking you to suggest a
design approach to a problem, maybe some specific
questions about toolkits and known issues with the language.

But you could wind up with something completely different
depending on the organisations style and culture as well
as the individual interviewer. One of my old bosses loved
asking really off the ball  questions like" what is the most
enjoyable aspect of winter?" or "how well would you cope
on a 3 month submarine trip?" and stuff like that.

Another common technique is to "drill down" until they
hit bottom. In other words just keep on asking more and
more specific questions till you finally run out of answers.

And another is to stick to actual experience: Tell me
about a time when YOU did so and so... What did you do?,
What was the result, What would you do differently,

Its always hard to say how an interview will go, the most
important thing is to answer professionally and honestly.

Alan G. 

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