[SW] Questions to evaluate SW Engineer

Domain/Software 2009.04.09 21:53

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Let's consider two different level - Coder, Programmer.
Coder is engineer who can modify and implement not-big-size source code under the given SW architecture, requirement and environment.
Programmer is engineer who can define requirements, design SW architecture, analysis and fix system-wide-issues.

At first, we decide which level of SW engineer should be recruited.

To recruit Coder, following questions may be enough.
- Questions about language syntax and it's application.
- Simple problem-solving-ability (ex. simple optimization and so on.)
- Coding test. (ex. implement linked list, Queue or Stack etc)

But, to recruit Programmer, you may need additional questions to know about his/her programming policy and values.
For example,
- What's your opinion about 'modularity'?
- What is 'software layer' and what it should be?
- Please tell me about 'information hiding'

But, someone may give well-known answer that may come from books. So, detail and concrete question should be follows.
For example, followings can be asked after question "What's your opinion about 'modularity'"
- Then, What should good modular architecture be?
- Show example of good modular architecture.
- What kind of design can be used to connect between modules.
- What is good interface design to support modularity?
- Please design linked list with C language focusing on modularity.

... I am not sure that this kind of evaluation can be possible in practical. But...

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