Help me handle doing a programming interview in an unfamiliar language!
October 3, 2013 11:43 AM Subscribe
I've been invited to interview for a software development internship at a company I would really like to work for. However, after I'd said yes, I received the detailed outline of the interview, including a test partly in a language I have yet to learn.
How can I best prepare in a short amount of time?
posted by carbide to computers & internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am going to do the interview, because I would love to work for this company and feel it would be stupid to rule myself out at this stage (and I could commit to learning Java before the job would start), but I'm tempering my expectations as I'm a career-changer and I am sure they're getting plenty of full CS grads with Java applying too.
So, with about one and a half DAYS to prepare myself, what should I do?
- I just got Programming Interviews Exposed and am going to use it to get myself primed on algorithms and common problems
- I am going to prepare myself for the cultural/experiential questions to fit their needs
It seems utterly insane and pointless to try learning Java in such a short time – I'm at 'Hello, world' right now – and I assume it would be better to do it in either pseudocode or Python. If possible, I will ask, and be prepared for either.
If you are a developer or have hired software development interns, what would you advise? And could anything overcome that fundamental gap?