it comes to the software engineering interview, recruiters and hiring managers look
for a blend of technical acumen, collaboration skills and effective
communication abilities. And, says Robert Half, they also want a cultural fit, a
technical match and a good feeling that you’re going to stay with them for a
some of the questions you can expect during an interview.
Explain the life cycle
of an application development process you worked on previously.
A similar question: Explain how you write a piece
of code and bring it forth to requirement delivery.
engineers must clearly articulate the entire software development cycle.
I look for in an explanation of the software development cycle is
communication, planning, modeling, construction and deployment on the back end,"
says Matt Allison, IT product manager for staffing firm Kelly Services. "I
want to find out where their strengths may be, or do they seem to have strength
in a particular area Â¿ This allows me to figure out where they’re at pertaining
to a customer’s needs."
Here’s a hypothetical project.
Explain how you would go about it.
You’ll often be asked to map out on a whiteboard a hypothetical
software project. This reveals your thought process, technical abilities,
knowledge and communication skills.
One question asked of software engineer candidates by Vasanthan Dasan, CTO and
VP of Engineering for the Armada Group is: "We
have a customer who has an SOA integration into a hardware that does business
to business communication. How would you create software to enable this
Dasan: "I want to know how you would break your work down into tasks and
how many weeks for each task. I’m really looking to find out about planning
skills, how they break down tasks, their skill set and how quickly they can
What software language
have you used to design, develop and debug software applications?
Similar question: What
languages do you use to create interfaces?
is all about the language and interviewers want to hear about your experience
with C++, Java, .Net, PHP, XML, Perl, or any other languages you’ve worked with.
You should explain how you used a particular language for different functions
within the software development cycle.
How do you respond to requirement
changes in the middle of a cycle?
should display their understanding of the balance between requirements,
requirement prioritization, different techniques for prioritization and
methodology," says Kelly O’Connell, a branch manager for Robert Half
up questions include: Define the user,
customer and developer in the requirement process. Is requirement change good
or bad? Why?
What type of methodology
have you used in the past? What are its drawbacks?
A similar question: Give
me an example of a time you used waterfall methodology in a project. What are its
benefits and pitfalls?
software engineer needs to be proficient in one or more methodologies and be
prepared to explain them, as well as their benefits and drawbacks. "There’s
some drawback to each one of these models and if they can verbalize that, I
have an idea of where their strengths lie," says Allison.
What are different
techniques for prototyping an application?
Similar question: Do you
feel there is value in wireframing an application? Why?
are intended to understand your logical process control during the software
How do you manage conflicts
in Web applications when there are different people managing data?
Software engineers are typically parts of teams that can be
multi-cultural and even multinational, which makes good communication skills
essential. You should also be able to handle and resolve conflicts and
differences of opinion effectively in a team environment.
A similar question: Tell me
something you learned from a team member in the last year. This lets interviewers
know how you’ll adapt to new changes in style once you’re part of a team.
Similar questions are: Which
tools are essential to you for testing the quality of your code? What types of
problems have you encountered most often in your products after deployment?
software testing procedures have you used to perform a QA?
you tell me Different ways being able to design or program so complex features
you name different techniques for prototyping an application? Explain the
limitations of web environment vs. Windows environment.
— Chandler Harris