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Computer Science Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical Computer Scienceinterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Computer Science interview questions.

-What sorts of things have you done to become better qualified for your career?
-It is very important to build good relationships at work but sometimes it doesn’t always work out.  If you can, tell me about a time when you were not able to build a successful relationship with a difficult person.
-Describe how your position on a group project contributed to your team’s goals. What are the team’s goals/mission?
-Some people consider themselves to be “big picture people” and others are “detail oriented”.  Which are you? Give an example of a time when you displayed this.
-Describe the most significant written document, report or presentation which you had to complete.
-Describe a work situation in which you had to take a risk. What was the outcome?
-Has anyone ever asked you to do something unethical? What did you do?
-Tell me about a time you had to confront a peer, customer or colleague.
-Describe a time when you served as a project manager.
-In a current job task, tell me about the steps you go through to ensure your decisions are correct/effective.
-What do you do when you are faced with an obstacle to an important project? Give an example.
-Give me an example of when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done.
-Tell us about a time when you took responsibility for an error and were held personally accountable.
-Do you have any questions for us?
-Tell us a little about yourself. 
-What is the brain of any computer system?
-Which of the computer languages are used for artificial intelligence?
-What is a section of code to which control is transferred when a processor is interrupted?
-What is the time for which a piece of computer equipment operates?
-Which computer has been designed to be as compact as possible?
-What does ASCII stand for?
-Tell us about your major accomplishments within computer science.
-Describe a difficult task that has been assigned to you. What was it and how did you complete it?
-What kind of software have you worked with?
-What programming languages do you have experience with?
-How do you know if a linked list has a cycle in it?
-How would you count the number of occurrences of a given character in a file?
-Tell us about your experience with developing an Internet website.
-What experience do you have with mainframe computers?
-What do you believe are the necessary characteristics for a good (programmer, networker, systems analyst)?
-How do you anticipate using the skills/knowledge you’ve acquired in your internship in your classes next year?
Computer Science is a rigorous major.   What has been your most challenging course so far?   
-What insights would you share with your classmates about the CS major?
-Give two examples of things you’ve done on the job or in school that demonstrate your willingness to work hard.
-Tell us what you know about UI Layer, Application Layer and Database Layer.
-How many different environments have you worked on? Explain what you know about a Windows environment vs. a Unix environment.
-Do you have experience with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)?
-Do you have any experience developing SQL scripts? What is your experience with MS Access? 

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