Awesome Interviews

Awesome Interviews is a curated awesome list of lists of interview questions. Technical interviews, mind you. It covers a wide range of areas from a variety of programming languages, frameworks and databases, to operating systems, data structures and algorithms. There also coding exercises and much more.

This list links to some really great resources for both candidates, who are preparing for the interviews, and interviewers who want to make their interviews better.

Cold War on Ice

Cold War on Ice is an excellent documentary about the USSR vs. Canada ice hockey Summit Series 1972 games.  I find it to be quite balanced, showing the perception from both sides, featuring the interviews with the same people back in the day and their take on it now, and plenty of great footage.

It’s a must see for any ice hockey fan and history nerd.

Back-End Developer Interview Questions


A while back I blogged the link to the Front-end Developer Interview Questions.  Today comes a similar link, but for the Back-end Developer Interview Questions.

Question lists like these aren’t just useful for adjusting your interviews, but also for self-checks and assessments.  Each company, team, and project often require a slightly more specialized expertise, which often leads to narrower interviews and “tunnel vision”.  Looking at other people’s interview questions helps to review and adjust the questions and address the gaps, resulting in a more rounded interview and expertise.

Interviewing astronauts


Here a couple of recent Q&As with astronauts.  First comes the interview with Scott Kelly, with a whole bunch of questions around his time in space.  And secondly, a few tongue in cheek answers from several space men and women.  I found this answer by Barry Wilmore particularly entertaining:

“You never know true beauty until you see Earth from space, or true terror until you hear someone knocking on the space station door from outside. You look through the porthole and see an astronaut, but all your crew is inside and accounted for. You use the comm to ask who it is and he says he’s Ramirez returning from a repair mission, but Ramirez is sitting right next to you in the command module and he’s just as confused as you are. When you tell the guy this over the radio he starts banging on the door louder and harder, begging you to let him in, saying he’s the real Ramirez. Meanwhile, the Ramirez inside with you is pleading to keep the airlock shut. It really puts life on Earth into perspective.”

101 Most Common Interview Questions with Pass or Fail Answers


Following the recent post “10 Favorite Job Interview Questions for Linux System Administrators“, here is a more generic, but a much more comprehensive resource – “101 Most Common Interview Questions with Pass or Fail Answers“.  It’s not as technical, but it provides a good summary of common interview questions, from the generic ones like “Why do you want to leave your current company”, through brainteasers like “How many gas stations are there in the United States?”, to stress and communication ones like “What did you do when you had a boss you didn’t get along with?”.  The good thing is that you’ll find not only the questions, but also the suggestions on how to answer them.

Altogether, it’s a great resource to go through before your next interview.  Most of these questions are very common, no matter which position you are applying to.