Whether you are preparing to interview a candidate or applying for a job, review our list of top Software Engineer interview questions and answers.
What programming languages have you used in the past? What are your top two programming languages?
This question allows you to see how many programming languages the candidate knows and whether they are familiar with a language you commonly use at your company. What to look for:
How much are you coding on a daily basis? If you do not code on a daily basis, what is typical in your role?
Since coding is a big part of being a software engineer, if a candidate isn't spending much of their time coding and they aren't in a management role, it may be a sign of problems with their coding skills. What to look for:
How comfortable are you in a startup environment, or do you prefer working in a more established company?
Working in a startup is very different than being at a more established company. You want to make sure a candidate is a good fit for your company environment and expected workload that comes with working in a startup. What to look for:
What distinguishes a great software engineer from a good one? Do you feel you have those qualities?
It helps to understand how a candidate feels about what makes someone the best in their career and how they feel about their skills and what makes them a good or great software engineer. What to look for:
What's the most important thing to look for or check when reviewing another team member's code?
While there's no definitive right or wrong answer to this question, it is designed to test an applicant's knowledge, how well they articulate their debugging process, and whether they're a victim of tunnel vision or can they keep their focus on the project at large. What to look for:
In your opinion, what are the principles of good software engineering? What are some basic principles everyone should follow?
There are different opinions on what makes good software engineering, and those opinions guide a company's culture. This question will allow you to see if the candidate's philosophy on engineering matches your own. What to look for:
If needed, how would you go about designing scalable applications? Walk us through your process.
This question is designed to test a candidate's knowledge and thought processes when it comes to design and solving common project specific problems. What to look for: