Skip to main content
98 votes

Is it worth mentioning I came out of hospital the day before an interview?

Do yourself and them a favour and try to postpone. Different people get impacted in different ways, and it's incredibly frustrating as an interviewer to get some excuse and you have to figure out to ...
Gregory Currie's user avatar
33 votes

Is it worth mentioning I came out of hospital the day before an interview?

Tough one, but probably worth mentioning at the beginning. If they ask how are you then that's your opportunity, don't make a big deal "I'm just recovering from a small procedure, operating at ...
deep64blue's user avatar
  • 3,305
19 votes
Accepted

Is a technical interview the place for questions about culture, work life balance, etc?

So should I wait for a subsequent, more HR-y interview, or just look for an opportune time during the technical? What are the norms in a technical interview? Different companies have different norms. ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
15 votes

Technical coding interview with no distractions

If I was your interviewer I would have no problem with you having a whiteboard behind the camera or a clipboard with some notepaper, I would have an issue with you walking away for some peaceful time ...
Old Nick's user avatar
  • 2,772
15 votes

Is it appropriate to ask what programming language will be used at an interview?

It is perfectly fine to ask questions during the interview, before the interview, and after the interview. You may ask any reasonable questions about the future job, about the colleagues, about the ...
virolino's user avatar
  • 27.1k
14 votes

Best way to answer interview question about "getting stuck"?

The definition of "stuck" is unclear , but I'd say the following : My first few attempts would be to identify the specific problem , look for references . Then I'd need to look at the bigger ...
Egami's user avatar
  • 141
14 votes
Accepted

How to handle a long deliberate delay of a second job interview?

I am the questioner, and recently I have found out the reason why this recruiter delayed my second interview for such a long period. The reason is just four letters "VISA". Some start-up or ...
ShuangSong's user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

What is a high percentage way to prepare for a 30 minute data structures and algorithms interview at a startup?

Any thoughts on how to strategically prepare in the week I have until then would be appreciated Not to sound rude but IMHO, you can't learn that in a week. You either know your data structures and ...
DarkCygnus's user avatar
  • 83.2k
8 votes
Accepted

how to determine in interview if candidate will be of help with "On the side" programming projects

But a lot of technical questions, I wouldnt really know the answers to. You're not looking for full time or professional developer, you're looking for someone like you (a mechanical engineer who ...
Gh0stFish's user avatar
  • 19.3k
8 votes
Accepted

Best way to answer interview question about "getting stuck"?

I suspect they wanted you to be even more proactive and look for solutions that may not give you 100% of what you need, but may meet business objectives. You would then discuss the options with your ...
Gregory Currie's user avatar
8 votes

How to handle a long deliberate delay of a second job interview?

what does this usually mean? Could be a number of things. You are low on the priority list and they are front-loading more attractive candidates. They are disorganized and/or incompetent Something ...
Hilmar's user avatar
  • 123k
8 votes

Technical coding interview with no distractions

How can I ask to go away to solve technical interview questions with a clipboard and alone time? Do you mean "go away" as if there is no camera watching you during a live coding interview ? ...
Job_September_2020's user avatar
7 votes

Risky to ask about tech stack and responsibilities before software internship interview?

Would I look inexperienced or be a turn-off if I asked any of the above questions? No, these are perfectly reasonable questions. I am interviewing senior developers frequently and these types of ...
Helena's user avatar
  • 8,676
7 votes

Is it worth mentioning I came out of hospital the day before an interview?

If I was in that position I'd probably try to share it more as your own concern, i.e. more on emotional level, than in just a matter-of-fact voice that may sound like a poorly-diguised excuse. So ...
Frax's user avatar
  • 297
7 votes

Job posting still open, Want to be considered again but couldn't complete Interview process before due to family Illness

Just send an email to the hiring manager (maybe even as a reply to the first one you sent) saying that you've finished dealing with the situation, saw that the job posting was still up, and would like ...
Kaz's user avatar
  • 24.9k
6 votes

What should I tell an interviewer about my weaknesses when applying for a data science / machine learning engineer role?

If asked for a weakness, give one that is either peripheral to the job and as irrelevant as possible, or one that you can demonstrate progress on. This is true for any position. I prefer to use ...
Old_Lamplighter's user avatar
6 votes

Is a technical interview the place for questions about culture, work life balance, etc?

It depends on the overall interview schedule. In my experience, the technical interview is done by people who would be peers or team lead if you were to get the job. If this is the only time you'll be ...
Thomas Owens's user avatar
  • 22.5k
6 votes

Is a technical interview the place for questions about culture, work life balance, etc?

Look at the people who do the interview. Will they be your colleagues? If so, then they should be the ones who know about real culture and work life balance, which might be different from what the ...
gnasher729's user avatar
  • 169k
5 votes

Is it worth mentioning I came out of hospital the day before an interview?

The responsible thing to do is to ask for postponement at least until after the weekend if the surgery is minor. If you're mind isn't 100% during the interview then you are doing yourself a disservice ...
MonkeyZeus's user avatar
  • 13.7k
5 votes

Is a technical interview the place for questions about culture, work life balance, etc?

Curiosity is never frowned upon in a job interview. I myself conduct tech interviews for my company, and we highly appreciate candidates which are interested in knowing more about the company, the day ...
Marc S's user avatar
  • 2,043
5 votes

Technical coding interview with no distractions

How can I ask to go away to solve technical interview questions with a clipboard and alone time? Ask for a "take home" test. Some companies use these as a standard practice, others don't. ...
Joe Strazzere's user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Job posting still open, Want to be considered again but couldn't complete Interview process before due to family Illness

Just be honest that you had a personal situation that keep you from participating previously. You don't have to be detailed. Focus on your skillset and experience. After all they need the candidate. ...
DogBoy37's user avatar
  • 2,577
4 votes

Remote technical interviews: how to whiteboard without the actual whiteboard?

Personally, I bought a really cheap camera on a stand which swivels and which allows me to capture my writing on my own little whiteboard (or on a piece of paper). A second option is to buy a cheap ...
Stephan Branczyk's user avatar
4 votes

Is a technical interview the place for questions about culture, work life balance, etc?

Is a technical interview the place for questions about culture, work life balance, etc? Yes, absolutely. These are valid questions. I have seen hiring managers volunteer to advertise the wonderful ...
Job_September_2020's user avatar
4 votes

What should I tell an interviewer about my weaknesses when applying for a data science / machine learning engineer role?

According to the general recommendations, one should tell real weaknesses, but they are not related to that type of role and do not affect my work. For instance, some recommendations are to say that ...
G_B's user avatar
  • 8,954
4 votes

What kind of questions can be asked for a Embedded Software Engineering job interview?

Embedded software engineering is a broad field. I'd expect questions about your understanding of microcontrollers, especially the family that this company uses. There are multiple options as far as ...
jwh20's user avatar
  • 8,723
4 votes

Job posting still open, Want to be considered again but couldn't complete Interview process before due to family Illness

I could not go forward in the next stage of the interview process to due a family illness and subsequent death which I communicated to the hiring manager by email and that is where it was left. ... my ...
Steve's user avatar
  • 11.7k
3 votes

Best way to answer interview question about "getting stuck"?

It's not obvious what answer the interviewer wanted, but diagnosing why you are stuck, and being able to articulate it, can be an important step toward resolution. If you're stuck because the task ...
Steve's user avatar
  • 11.7k
3 votes
Accepted

What kind of questions can be asked for a Embedded Software Engineering job interview?

Since you are an EE or EEE, it would be expected that you know how to use scopes and equipment such as JTAGS effectively. (It would be expected, but I had EE degrees and almost no ability with such ...
JosephDoggie's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible