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Senior Software Engineer
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Cision in August 2010.

Interview Details – Fairly standard interview with the director and two senior software engineers. The engineers were fairly specific in their questions, maybe even a little nitty gritty, but nothing extreme. The Director (Waroon) is very mellow and is very good at directing the interview to get a good feel for the candidate.

These are some of the questions that stood out.

       1. Big table - Generated grid - explain the thought process of going from back end to front end.
            - Pagination
            - Efficiency (making sure you only pull the records that you need - look at echos queries.
        2. Differences in efficiency for different types of joins for big tables (why outer vs inner)
        3. Explain in depth a design pattern
        4. What is a Generic and what are the benefits of using one.
        5. What are the benefits of MVC
        6. Interface vs abstract class
        7. Talk about your process, from getting a requirements document to delivering a product
        8. If you were to do a code review on someone, what things do you look out for

Interview Question – Describe in depth a design pattern that you have used and why it was chosen   Answer Question

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