Monday, July 28, 2008

Among other job activities, we're from time to time asked to check technical skills of job applicants.

Several times we were interviewing people who're far below the acceptable professional skills. It's a torment for both sides, I should say.

To ease things we have designed a small questionnaire (specific to our projects) for job applicants. It's sent to an applicant before the meeting. Even partially answered, this questionnaire constitutes a good filter against profanes:

<questionnaire>
<item>
<question>
Please estimate your knowledge in XML Schema (xsd) as lacking, bad, good, or perfect.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please estimate your knowledge in xslt 2.0/xquery 1.0 as lacking, bad, good, or perfect.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please estimate your knowledge in xslt 1.0 as lacking, bad, good, or perfect.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please estimate your knowledge in java as lacking, bad, good, or perfect.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please estimate your knowledge in c# as lacking, bad, good, or perfect.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please estimate your knowledge in sql as lacking, bad, good, or perfect.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
For logical values A, B, please rewrite logical expression "A and B" using operator "or".
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
For logical values A, B, please rewrite logical expression "A = B" using operators "and" and "or".
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
There are eight balls, with only one heavier than some other.
What is a minimum number of weighings reveals the heavier ball?
Please be suspicious about the "trivial" solution.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
If A results in B. What one may say about the reason of B?
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
If only A or B result in C. What one may say about the reason of C?
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please define an xml schema for this questionnaire.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Please create a simple stylesheet creating an html table based on this questionnaire.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
For a table A with columns B, C, and D, please create an sql query selecting B groupped by C and ordered by D.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
For a sequence of xml elements A with attribute B, please write a stylesheet excerpt creating a sequence of elements D, grouping elements A with the same string value of attribute B, sorted in the order of ascending of B.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Having a java class A with properties B and C, please sort a collection of A for B in ascending, and C in descending order.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
What does a following line mean in c#?
int? x;
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
What is a parser?
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
How to issue an error in the xml stylesheet?
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
What is a lazy evaluation?
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
How do you understand a following sentence?
For each line of code there should be a comment.
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Have you used any supplemental information to answer these questions?
</question>
</item>
<item>
<question>
Have you independently answered these questions?
</question>
</item>
</questionnaire>

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