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I've done some phone interviews over the last year for prospective support guys. Our support guys have to be able to dig into code and figure out what might be broken. Since the code is mostly C under Unix, I ask C and Unix questions. Easy ones. I apologize first, but explain we just need to make a cursory check of their knowledge. One couldn't answer "what does * mean in C?" Couldn't come up with pointers or multiplication. Another couldn't tell me what "static" meant in front of a function or global variable declaration. Just kept telling me the same thing - what it means inside a function (and sounded like he was reading it from something.)
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
I've done some phone interviews over the last year for prospective support guys. Our support guys have to be able to dig into code and figure out what might be broken. Since the code is mostly C under Unix, I ask C and Unix questions. Easy ones. I apologize first, but explain we just need to make a cursory check of their knowledge. One couldn't answer "what does * mean in C?" Couldn't come up with pointers or multiplication. Another couldn't tell me what "static" meant in front of a function or global variable declaration. Just kept telling me the same thing - what it means inside a function (and sounded like he was reading it from something.)
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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