Software engineer trainee interview questions shared by candidates
What are the steps in the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and what are the differences between the Waterfall and Agile development processes?
Steps: Requirements, Specifications, Design, Implementation, Testing, Deployment, Maintenance. Waterfall development is a highly structured process that requires completion of the previous step before advancing to the next one. Based on the idea that bugs found later in the process will be more costly. Agile development breaks down each problem into small incremental short term tasks. Emphasis is put on face to face daily meetings
They are huge on SAR--Situation, Action, Results (they will explicitly tell you to follow this structure at the beginning of the interview). All the questions are behavioral. "Tell me about a time..." KEY: Tell me about yourself. Why Target? Why are you interested in working with Target? What do you know about the position you are applying for? Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? (SUPER important) What is your strength? What is your weakness? (or, as Target says, opportunity) BEHAVIORAL: (I only remember a couple, but many of the other reviews here hit the nail on the head--they asked the same questions. Google "behavioral questions" too and you'll get some great questions to practice.) Tell me about a time you made a mistake and what you do to remedy it. Tell me about a time you had to take responsibility to someone else's mistake. Tell me about a time you worked with a group towards a common goal. Tell me about a time you had to change your leadership style?
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