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Java job interviews

I would like to collect those stories which one can get on a Java interview.

I want this post to be a collection. I would like to add experience stories which one can get on a Java interview. To start off I add my first job interview experience, but if you have some stories, please let me know, send me an e-mail.

#0 - Junior Java developer

I applied to a small startup company, everything went great. On the first "meeting" I was interviewed by a senior developer and maybe a marketing guy. We used http://collabedit.com. Only one task and at the end some questions on programming. So this is what I was given:

Of course I had to make it work. After a few days I received an e-mail that the first interview was going well and let's have a second one! I was very happy..... :)

The second one happened the next week and it had 2 parts. The first one was mainly about me. They asked simple questions like how I started programming, what I like most in it, what projects I had, also they had questions on working in a team, etc. The second part was the funniest I think. They gave me math problems.

  1. Get exactly 4 cups of water using a 5-cup pail and a 3-cup pail.
  2. Suppose you had eight identical basketballs. One of them is slightly heavier and you are given a balance scale . Can you find the heavier ball using the scale only 2 times?
  3. There are 100 couples living in a country and people only want boys. Every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is the proportion of boys to girls in the country?

Of course I could find the answers, but I would have not ever thought that They will give me math problems. Are there programmers out there who cannot solve these kind of problems? I would be shocked! It is about simple logic. A programmer must be able to solve these! :)

Anyway, this part of the interview also went well.

Please send me your interview stories, too! :)


If you have a story or a funny thing to share, please let me know!