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    Senior Programmer/Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

    Interview Details

    Hired as contractor. Interviewed by contractor company, then took phone COBOL test, and online CICS/IMS test. Then interviewed by hiring manager who asked me some technical questions and then told the contractor they wanted me. Six months later they asked me to complete an application, and extended an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Technical question about IMS I believe, but it has been a few years.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I almost laughed at them when they offered to convert me from contractor to full-time. They wanted me to take an 18,000 pay cut, and the benefits were the same except they also have a pension. I talked to my manager, and he said the offer was ludicrous, but told me what he was planning to make the offer more palatable. I accepted, and 2 weeks was under a new manager who didn't make the promises. Don't take a job based on promises because you might end up with a manager that didn't make those promises.
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    Senior Programmer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    PHone Interview was re-scheduled. On the new date, someone dropped the ball on scheduling the time, so the phone interview was 40 minutes late.
    There was 3 people on the other end. All managers I believe.

    This was the first time, someone asked to do some coding.

    I did at least pass the background check.

    Interview Questions
    • A. COBOL
           1. what's a S0C4, S0C7 Abend
            2. explain the difference between static call and a dynamic call - which is better and why?
           3. what's the difference between comp and comp-3?
           4. how many positions does 9(4) comp represent?
           5. how many positions does 9(8) comp-3 represent?

      B. JCL
          1. what does a 'cond=even', represent
          2. explain the difference between a JOBLIB and STEPLIB statement - which one takes precedence?
          3. explain temp files in Job streams. how do you code for those?
          4. dataset concatenation (bypassing a specific dataset)
          5. What does the 'MOD' statement do?
          6. What is a GDG and explain it's use in a Job stream.

      C. CICS
         1. what's the difference between a Link command and a XCTL command?
         2. how do you pass data between 2 CICS programs.
         3. name the different ways to transfer control from program to another?
         4. on CICS screen how would place the cursor on specific part of the screen and make it stand out and blink?
         5. what is the 'deadly embrace' and how would you code around it, in order to avoid it.?
         6. what is the difference between TDQ and TSQ ? how would you code for each?
         7. when does the values of the TDQ, TSQ go away?

      D. FTP
         1. how do you allow the transmission of data from client to another, when there are packed data fields in the file?
      Answer Question
    • One last thing, code this program to read 2 VSAM files and create a report.

      The first VSAM file contains 1 million records, where member # is the key field and has name and address information.
      The second VSAM file contains 1,000 provider records (doctors) and provider # is the key.

      Read both VSAM files and Produce a report where one line contains the member information, in last name order.
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