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Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
     

Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job

by John Mongan, Noah Kindler, Eric Giguere
 

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The pressure is on during the interview process but with the right preparation, you can walk away with your dream job. This classic book uncovers what interviews are really like at America's top software and computer companies and provides you with the tools to succeed in any situation. The authors take you step-by-step through new problems and complex brainteasers

Overview

The pressure is on during the interview process but with the right preparation, you can walk away with your dream job. This classic book uncovers what interviews are really like at America's top software and computer companies and provides you with the tools to succeed in any situation. The authors take you step-by-step through new problems and complex brainteasers they were asked during recent technical interviews.

50 interview scenarios are presented along with in-depth analysis of the possible solutions. The problem-solving process is clearly illustrated so you'll be able to easily apply what you've learned during crunch time. You'll also find expert tips on what questions to ask, how to approach a problem, and how to recover if you become stuck. All of this will help you ace the interview and get the job you want.

What you will learn from this book

  • Tips for effectively completing the job application
  • Ways to prepare for the entire programming interview process
  • How to find the kind of programming job that fits you best
  • Strategies for choosing a solution and what your approach says about you
  • How to improve your interviewing skills so that you can respond to any question or situation
  • Techniques for solving knowledge-based problems, logic puzzles, and programming problems

Who this book is for
This book is for programmers and developers applying for jobs in the software industry or in IT departments of major corporations.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Interviewing doesn't comes naturally to every programmer. But a programming interview typically involves even more than the "typical" job interview: You must demonstrate your creativity in solving technical problems under pressure. Thankfully, there's a start-to-finish guide to doing just that. If you're pursuing a career in software development, Programming Interviews Exposed, Second Edition could be the most valuable book you ever read.

The authors first help you make it past the screeners (including "sanitizing" your online footprint, so you're not weeded out for reasons unrelated to technical competence). Next, you'll take a closer look at the interviewing process, from preliminary interviews to half-day or full-day on-site interviews. Then, the authors turn to the meat of the on-site interview: the coding questions that are carefully designed to make or break you. What does the interviewer want to see? What thought processes should you follow, and how do you make your thinking "visible"?

Then, they turn to the programming problems themselves. This is the material that made the first edition of Programming Interviews Exposed an underground classic, and it's been thoroughly revised in this new edition. You'll find "brain teasers," solutions, and thought processes for a wide variety of programming tasks, from linked lists to arrays, recursion to concurrency, objects to databases. You'll find counting and spatial puzzles, knowledge-based questions, and a full chapter of non-technical questions, too. What side insights or elegant "special case" solutions will make you look especially knowledgeable? Where are the interviewers looking for you to trip up? You won't find this information anywhere else. Can you afford to interview without it? Bill Camarda, from the June 2007 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470121672
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/16/2007
Series:
Programmer to Programmer Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

John Mongan is a self-taught programmer with professional experience as a consultant for software and pharmaceutical companies. He has three patents on software testing technologies. He holds a BS in chemistry from Stanford and a PhD in Bioinformatics from UC San Diego, with thesis work in supercomputer simulations of protein dynamics.

Noah Suojanen Kindler graduated from Stanford with a BS in computer science, has worked for Boeing and is currently a consultant.

Eric Giguere is a software developer and the author of three Wiley programming books. He is a frequent speaker and is often interviewed by USA Today and other broad media on various topics.

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