[nycphp-talk] Questions to ask at a job interview?
Ben Sgro (ProjectSkyLine)
ben at projectskyline.com
Sat Jul 7 19:13:55 EDT 2007
So, I had a string of interviews over the last two weeks.
I have just hired one candidate that I believe will be a good addition to
I ended up using the Joel Spolsky (or whoever coined this) question:
I have two variables and I want to switch their values.
Some candidates totaly froze, and other's got it quickly.
I also showed some source code, a *small* 150L script, and asked them what
Not only was it commented, but the function & variable names are extremely
Some looked in awe and said, "this is a small script?" while some took a few
and looked over the code, then attempted to explaint to me what it did.
Overall, it was a great experiance. I look forward to finding new talent to
add to our growing
Thanks for all the responses and feedback!
Ben Sgro, Chief Engineer
ProjectSkyLine - Defining New Horizons
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From: "Steve Manes" <smanes at magpie.com>
To: "NYPHP Talk" <talk at lists.nyphp.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] Questions to ask at a job interview?
> Ben Sgro (ProjectSkyline) wrote:
>> Now, the position being filled is that of an entry level programmer.
>> I do not expect this person to be well trained in PHP/MySQL,
>> but they must have a pretty strong understanding of programming
>> methodologies in general (they are a college grad - CIS).
>> So, again, what are some good metrics I can use to test these
>> perspective employees?
> Start with general logic tasks at the white board, like reversing a string
> in place. Then inverting all the words in a sentence like "I really hate
> taking tests", then reversing the letters in all the words in a sentence.
> This should be done language-agnostic (no strrchr() or reverse()). What
> I'm mostly interested in learning is how the applicant problem-solves.
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