CS Table 4/11: Technical Interviews

This week in CS table we will take a critical look towards the technical interview process employed in the software industry. Like the industry itself, our expectations about how interviews are conducted have rapidly changed over the last decade. Our readings, spaced 10 years apart, showcase what were some of the concerns back then versus the concerns now:

In addition to the readings, I encourage you to reflect on your own experiences interviewing for internships or jobs and bring them to share.

Computer science table (CS Table) is a weekly meeting of Grinnell College community members (students, faculty, staff, etc.) interested in discussing topics related to computing and computer science. CS Table meets Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in JRC 224B. Contact the CS faculty for the weekly reading. Students on meal plans, faculty, and staff are expected to cover the cost of their meals. Visitors to the College and students not on meal plans can charge their meals to the department.

Thursday Extra: "Preparing for the technical interview"

On Thursday, February 20, the Computer Science SEPC will host a session on how to prepare for technical interviews. Third-year and fourth-year students will share tips, tricks, and advice they have gathered from their interview experiences. We will then break into small groups to work through some practice interview problems. Those who are interested will have an opportunity to sign up for the practice technical interview session planned for a future Thursday Extra.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The presentation, “Preparing for the technical interview,” will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

"Technical interview tips"

At noon on Thursday, April 8, in Noyce 3817 (the Computer Science commons), there will be a brown bag lunch with alumnus Ian Bone 2009. We will have an informal discussion on technical interviewing, including an overview of the process, a group practice interview, and example problems. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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