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The Big Q: Is it normal to write code during an interview?

Posted on 21/07/2020
by Client Server

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Q: When interviewing for new dev roles, will I be expected to produce code? And if so, how much will I need to write? 


A: Every interview is different, but the short answer is "yes". Like Joel Spolsky wrote, "Would you hire a magician without asking them to show you some magic tricks? Of course not". 

Many programmer job interviews follow this format: 

  • Introductions 
  • Question about recent projects the candidate has worked on
  • Easy Programming Question
  • Pointer/Recursion Question
  • Projects the company and team is working on 
  • Do you have any questions?

Amid the standard job interview fare are sections to test and rate your programming ability. But you don't have to go into the test blind. Client Server's expert team of consultants are given comprehensive briefings on the hiring process of each company they work with. As part of preparing you for your interviews, we go through each stage, telling you what to expect. 

You will go into each stage knowing what's coming and how best to respond. The rest is up to you! 

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