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What Do You Care Most About When Reviewing Someone Else’s Code?

Published on Jun 10, 2013

I wrote an article a few months ago called Compelling Interview Questions where buried deep in the middle under several open-ended technical questions I asked the question “What Do You Care Most About When Reviewing Someone Else’s Code?”

The funny part about this when you read a few lines below I follow it up with I’m not looking for anything in particular; just some generic catch-phrases that most people throw out there.  E.g. properly indented code, no large comment blocks, documentation to explain a complex block of code, etc…

Ask me today what I expect from this question and my answer is totally different!  Today being as I write this article – ask me in the present and let’s see if my answer changes…

Compelling Interview Questions

Published on Apr 25, 2013

It seems to be hiring spree time once again and I find myself spending lots of time reviewing resumes, meeting people, hearing all about their past and future.  7 times out of 10 I find myself knowing within 5 to 10 minutes of the start of an interview whether I immediately need to find an exit strategy or keep proceeding with the interview.

A few times people can talk-the-talk and that’s why we have second interviews and written tests.  So the odd time that the 3 of 10 make it through, we quickly weed them out as well.

Enough background, let’s move on to some of my favorite questions, but more importantly, why and what I’m looking for when I ask them.