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Any good interview questions to ask prospective Junior java developers? [closed]

Does anyone have a good interview question to ask prospective junior java developers? They will have a two year minimum experience requirement. The questions will be on a written test and they will have five to ten minutes to answer each question. up vote 26 down vote favorite 45 share [g+] share [fb] share [tw] Limit to one interview question per response for voting purposes please. java interview-questions asked Sep 16 '08 at 13:31 link|improve this question Chris 149136 Was this post useful to you?

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active oldest votes Compare and contrast (don't you love that phrase?) the modifiers public, private, protected and default. Compare an interface to an abstract class and give an example of when you might use one of each. What does the modifier final mean to a class and a variable? What is overloading and why might you use it? What is garbage collection and how does it work in java? How do you make a Thread in java? Write a generic main method and explain what each item in the method signature means. Explain how try/catch/throw/finally work. What is an Iterator and how do you use it? What are generics? Are these lines of code valid and describe why or why not:
List<Object> myList = new ArrayList<String>(); \\(hint: no) Map<Integer> myMap = new HashMap<int>(); \\ (hint: also no)

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answered Sep 16 '08 at 16:13 link|improve this answer 18Rabbit 1,15711020 In addition to your overloading question, I'd include what is overriding and when you would use it, or "what is the difference between overriding and 1 overloading?" Also, if Java 5 is included, what is a covariant return? MetroidFan2002 Jan 23 '09 at 14:49

The list includes about 6 questions that I was asked for a Java developer position. +1! codingbear Jul 7 '09 at 0:22 the example lines wouldn't compile even if correct as the comments are the wrong way around \\ when they should be //. Reminds me of a C puzzler 3 someone set me in interview once where the problem was a trick question. int a, *b, *c; *c = *a/*b .. why doesn't it compile? because / starts a comment. chillitom Sep 25 '09 at 14:24 feedback 3

Avoid you-know-it-or-you-don't questions about the Java API. These are worthless, IMO. My favourites are questions that ask for value judgements, because they allow good candidates to show their insight without necessarily having to have gained familiarity with particular parts of the API (which is what Javadoc is for, after all...) My favoured technical question is to get the interviewee to implement the equals method for a simple class with a couple of fields, and in the case of a face-to-face interview to defend their implementation (which will pretty much always be nonoptimal or missing something). Other questions I'd consider at least sprinkling into the list would include things like: "What feature would you most like to see added to Java?", "How would you go about debugging a NullPointerException?", "In a twenty-lecture training course on Java, in which lecture should the concept of object orientation be introduced, and why?", "How up vote does Java differ from other programming languages you've worked with?", and general 19 language-agnostic questions like "Why are patterns a good thing?", "Should good code down be self-documenting, or is it the responsibility of the developer to document it?", and the vote suchlike. Mostly I'm not looking for a right answer as such with a lot of these questions. I'm looking for an understanding of the question, a coherent chain of thought behind it, the ability of the interviewee to defend their viewpoint, and the ability to go beyond the simple multiple choice API questions that got them their JCP qualification that's no doubt taking pride of place on their CV. They can learn the parameters to String#regionMatches later, or just let their IDE provide the list every time for all I care. answered Jan 23 '09 at 13:30 link|improve this answer

Adrian 635819 feedback You attempt to run a bunch of compiled Java code that someone else gave you, and you see the following near the start of a stack trace:
NoClassDefFoundError: org.apache.commons.lang.StringUtils.

up vote What went wrong? How can you fix it? 10 down answered Sep 16 '08 at 13:39 vote link|improve this answer Jim Kiley 2,32421121 feedback Have them write code! Fizzbuzz is a good quick test... http://www.geekschool.org/programming/fizzbuzz/ up vote 9 down vote link|improve this answer Jody 986514 feedback Ask them to do OOAD of a given system description in 10 minutes. Observe how they tackle the problem. answered Sep 16 '08 at 13:37 up vote 5 down vote link|improve this answer Koh Wei Jie 21336 feedback up vote 5 Write some Java code with obvious errors. Inside the code you place innocently a '==' down comparison of objects instead the correct '.equals()'. (Be sure that the compared objects answered Sep 16 '08 at 13:35

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in memory are different and the code fails, else the candidate may claim optimization). If you haven't programmed in Java a while (especially if you come from C/C++ !) you simply don't see the error ! It is a warning sign if someone claims long experience and can't detect this error because it is a real pain in the ass when you learn Java. link|improve this answer answered Sep 16 '08 at 14:48 TSK

feedback Ask what is the difference between an ArrayList and a Vector, a HashMap and a HashSet. up vote 4 down vote answered Sep 16 '08 at 13:40 link|improve this answer mmattax 7,7011557105 feedback I believe that more important than pure technical knowledge is the ability to communicate complex technical issues to someone who doesn't have a technical background. It's much, much easier to teach specific programming skills to someone who communicates very well than to teach communication to a pure techie. To that end, my favorite question is: "Pretend that I am your grandmother (or other up vote non-technical person). Explain to me what it means for a program to be object 4 down oriented." vote Remember--this is all about communication. Ask your technical questions too, but teaching communication is much more difficult than teaching programming. link|improve this answer answered Sep 16 '08 at 20:55 mring

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It might be just that I have bad communication skills, but I find that Art majors cannot be "taught" programming. Simply because they have not interest in it, they are great communicators though. whatnick Sep 24 '09 at 14:29 +10 for this one! Simone Gianni Jul 21 '11 at 20:14 feedback Ask, how hashtable works. link|improve this answer answered Sep 17 '08 at 5:13

stepancheg 1,31311019 feedback Ask when will the finally block not get called? answered Oct 10 '10 at 23:38 up vote 3 down vote link|improve this answer edited Oct 11 '10 at 2:07 fastcodejava 11.4k32050 I've always thought that this is a little overly picky. C. Ross Oct 11 '10 at 14:22 You will be surprised by how many java developers with 5+ years experience 2 don't get this one right. ChristiaanP Dec 15 '10 at 8:49 When will it not get called? When System.exit() is called before it can be reached? Gravity Sep 5 '11 at 2:50 feedback Explain what it means to write "state-less" code? How does this relate to a multithreaded application? Give examples of how you'd write a state-less component. 1 answered Sep 16 '08 at 13:41 up vote 2 down vote link|improve this answer Michael 611 I think this question is more on par for a mid level position than a junior one. amischiefr Sep 24 '09 at 14:36 feedback 1 I must've interviewed a hundred or more developers and my advice is to start with practical coding questions. Even simple code tests will save you a lot of time. Most of the people I have interviewed could answer theory questions quite well, but only a up vote small fraction are what I would call good coders. 2 down vote For example, I generally start with the following question: "Given an array of ints, write some code that creates an another array of the same size

and copies the elements to the new array but in the reverse order." I imagine that most readers would consider this question ridiculously easy, but I found that nearly three quarters of interviewees struggled with this test. If they got past that question, I would ask them to repeat the task, but this time they should reverse the elements in place. The answer should be something like:
for (int i=0; i < (data.length / 2); i++) data[i] = data[data.length - 1 - i];

The first time through nearly everyone misses that you should only go half way through the array. Watching them fix that bug gives you a good inkling as to how they solve problems and how sharp they are. Next I would usually get them to sort the array using bubblesort, but by this stage I usually have a reasonably good sense of whether they are worth hiring. Total interview time using this method: 10-15 mins. Continue with theory or tool questions afterwards if you like, but I cannot recommend enough starting with the practical coding portion of the interview. link|improve this answer answered Sep 16 '08 at 14:34 BigBadaboom

I think your solution to the "reverse elements in place" problem is wrong... 8 running the code on [1,2,3,4,5,6] would result in [6,5,4,4,5,6]. Rob Dickerson Sep 16 '08 at 14:55 Rob is right, you won't hire yourself ;) Guillermo Vasconcelos Sep 16 '08 at 3 17:20 Ummm, I vote you down by mistake, sorry. Having said that, as Rob said, your code example is wrong. You need to take into account whether the size of the array is odd or even and from there, select the appropriate pivot point where the for loop stops. luis.espinal Oct 14 '10 at 16:10 feedback The best (only?) way to get an idea of someones ability to program is to sit down with them and program with them. If you are too busy to do this, ask some of the developers the candidate will be working with to do it. Better still is to get them to pair with several different developers. up vote 2 down Ideally choose a problem that has a recursive element to it. That is usually a good test vote of a programmers aptitude, or rather, if they can't do recursion, they would fail the interview if I was testing them. Let the candidate type, and work with them to solve the problem. Test driven development works well, especially if they haven't done it before, as it will take them

out of their comfort zone. You can learn a lot by how many shortcut keys they know in eclipse/ netbeans etc. No single question is going to tell you yes or no. You might get a kick-arse c# or C++ developer who would fail 'simple' java questions, but is a far better programmer than the java candidates - java ain't that hard to pick up, good, intelligent programmers are... answered Sep 16 '08 at 23:38 link|improve this answer David Turner 9272918 feedback We interviewed someone claiming to have Java web development experience. I asked what the difference between servlets and jsp was, that left him completely stumped. up vote 2 down vote answered Sep 24 '09 at 14:31 link|improve this answer whatnick 2,843317 feedback "Google and Microsoft do this" - you talk about companies as though they are people. Put the ego and college-beasting desires away. The only place teasers have is testing people with no real experience of your business e.g. interns/college-hires. You're looking for someone to work with right? Unless you're in the round-vs-square manhole business, ask people to approach one of your real problems (past or present). answered Sep 16 '08 at 21:08 link|improve this answer edited Dec 18 '10 at 11:50 stephbu 3,770726 feedback up vote 2 That should keep you busy ;) down

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link|improve this answer Adrien Be 1029 1 Poor candidate, having a 1 week long interview! assylias Mar 30 at 9:29 feedback Here is a common question that has worked well for me in the past (with answer of course). Develop a pseudocode program that prints the numbers from 1 to 100. But for multiples of three print "Ping" instead of the number and for the multiples of five print "Pong". For numbers which are multiples of both three and five print "Ping Pong".
public class Pingpong{ public static void main(String args[]){ for (int i = 1; i<=100; i++){ if(i%3 == 0 && i%5 == 0){ System.out.println("Ping Pong"); }else if(i%3 == 0 ){ System.out.println("Ping"); }else if (i%5 == 0){ System.out.println("Pong"); }else{ System.out.println(i); } } }

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149136 Looks like a variant of the "FzzBuzz" question. A developer with 2 years of work 1 experience should knock this out of the park. Scott A. Lawrence Sep 16 '08 at 13:39 (1..100).collect { it % 3 ? (it % 5 ? it : "Pong") : (it % 5 ? "Ping" : "Ping Pong") 1 }.each { println it } broady Sep 16 '08 at 13:46 @Scott A. Lawrence: 2 years experience? I cannot imagine any CS graduate that won't write it under couple of minutes. ya23 Sep 24 '09 at 14:45 1 @ya23: you'd be surprised... Legs May 1 '11 at 1:07 feedback What version(s) of java have you been using in the projects (you have 2 years experience after all)? answered Sep 16 '08 at 14:17 up vote 1 down vote link|improve this answer Vilmantas Baranauskas 1,3441820 And why is this a good question? talonx Apr 26 at 6:05 feedback First question: In a Java 5 or Java 6 platform, assuming the code compiles, what can you say about this class declaration? Any comments, opinions or criticisms?
public class Foo implements Comparable { // constructors, methods and stuff go here. public int compareTo(Foo foo){... does the comparison logic...} public boolean equals(Foo foo){ ... does equality test logic...} }

up vote 1 down vote Second question: In Java, independently of the version, why would you implement/override the hashCode() method? What can you tell me of the relationship of equals() and hashCode()? answered Oct 14 '10 at 15:52 link|improve this answer luis.espinal 2,185519

feedback You can give a simple scenario and ask them to give an OO based outline using classes and interfaces. The person should also be able to justify the design. up vote 1 down vote answered Dec 1 '10 at 8:31 link|improve this answer prasonscala 540116 feedback There are some great questions here - http://www.freejavaguide.com/java-interviewquestions.html I'd also prepare a logic test with brain teasers. Google and Microsoft do this. I need to know if my programmers and going to be nimble and quick when faced with a server crash, so I think brain teasers test for agility under pressure. answered Sep 16 '08 at 13:36 link|improve this answer Mike 96421018 NO! Stop the brain teaser madness!! Teasers test only one thing: are you good at 5 brain teasers? They don't test agility, nibleness, "thinking outside the box" or any other such nonsense. Josh Hinman Sep 16 '08 at 16:21 Brain teasers can give an interviewer quick insight into how well a person works under pressure and the way they think. It can also be a quick way to weed out bad 1 candidates, I've actually had people tell me the problem can't be solved. They have their place in interviews. Chris Sep 17 '08 at 19:28 I am all for teasers. They show adaptability and "nimbleness"(sp), great assets for a creative type. Without the problem solving ability a developer is not worth their salt. whatnick Sep 24 '09 at 14:27 If you want to test them with a server crash, then give them a server crash. "Here is 1 the stack trace (or the last 5% of it) - what would you do now?" Brain teasers is a pain. Thorbjrn Ravn Andersen Aug 17 '10 at 18:51 feedback up vote 0 One of many questions I like to ask junior Java programmers in order to get a feel for how well they know the general Java language concepts is: down vote

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Explain when you would use each of the following: final, finally and finalize. answered Sep 16 '08 at 18:25 link|improve this answer mbaird 15k33755 feedback One general source for such questions comes from Sun itself: The Sun Java Certifications. up vote 0 Questions of those may be found in on-line trainings or tutorials. Feeling lucky(tm): http://www.javaprepare.com/notes/intro.html however there are still no Java 6 related down questions. vote link|improve this answer feedback List some design patterns already in use in the Java API and for each of them : 1. write a short sample code showing when or how to use it 2. describe it's strength and weakness if any 3. for any weakness, what would you change to make it better? It's easy to enumerate design patterns, but to know where they are in code and how to use them are two separate things. After all, applying theory is the idea behind up vote internships, and this will tell if the company will waste time and money if the latter is 0 down lacking. Also, the last point will show you what kind of judgement (constructive criticism, choice of recommendations, etc.) the candidate will make. vote answered Oct 11 '10 at 2:59 link|improve this answer Yanick Rochon 9,5321931 feedback up vote Q. - You have 12 cubes that all appear to be identical; however one cube is slightly 0 down heaver than the other 11 (you cant tell the difference by holding them). Also, you have vote a balance scale; unfortunately you can only use the scale three times. Can you tell me answered Sep 16 '08 at 22:28 Titus Fox

how you would find the heaver cube? A. First - Weight 6-6 each side in the scale then you will get the 6 cubes group which has one heavier cube Second - Weight 3-3 each side in the same way then you will get the 3 cubes group including the heavier one Third - Weight 1-1 each side then you will get to know which one is the heavier one ! Thanks, Deepesh answered Jul 25 '11 at 12:42 link|improve this answer Deepesh 1 The last use of the scale is a little trickier than the first two in that you can't divide the remaining cubes equally into two. The trick is to weigh only two of the remaining three, one on each side, and if they're both equal, the one you didn't weigh is the heavy one. (You seemed to imply this, but it's worth calling out.) Alan Krueger Jan 11 at 17:37 feedback how many constructors are present in class A { } answer 2 1)copy constructor 2)default constructor up vote -1 down vote link|improve this answer Asha 3,880315 -1, Since the question was about junior Java developers, your answer is incorrect. Alan Krueger Jan 11 at 17:33 feedback answered Dec 1 '10 at 8:03

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