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By Porsha ·
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My department is interviewing a Notes developer next week and I have been given the task of trying to find some questions to ask him. Unfortunately I know nothing about Lotusscript, and neither does anyone else here. I have looked on a few Q&Aforums however with not knowing the subject I don;t know if the questions i've found are like really hard or very simple. ANyone got any suggestions on the sort of things we should be asking?

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by Stephen Darlington In reply to Interviewing Programmers

You don't need to ask difficult technical questions to get an idea of how good they are (in fact you shouldn't ask questions where you don't know the answer). Ask how they approach problems, difficulties they've had, experiences good and bad... It sounds a bit vague but as long as you press them hard enough it does work.

People that can answer technical questions may have just read a book. People with war stories probably have real experience.

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by Wayne M. In reply to Interviewing Programmers

One question I use in all of my technical interviews is "Describe the most interesting problem you have had recently and how you resolved it."

Most techies can come up with at least one old war story in answer to this question, and you can get aninsight into how they handle problems without having to understand the technical details of the solution.

I have usually found that anyone who cannot answer this question should be placed, at best, in an entry level position and does not qualify for anything more advanced.

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by pjpatiky In reply to Interviewing Programmers

Porsha - Try:

http://www.best.com/~cseh/lotusscr.html

http://www-cache.socs.uts.edu.au/~igorh/cscw/tools/technolo/lotus.htm

http://www.bigdconsulting.com/exams.html

http://www.trainonvideo.com/lotscrip.htm

I have interviewed thousandsof professionals and I have found out that all these people have a good feel for Common Sense. They will quickly learn that you are deficient in Lotus Script unless you bone up on it. And to, what about the prospect that will snow you - will you be able to separate the wheat from the chaf? Do not ask the prospect to interview himself by you asking general questions. Ask questions that take narrative answers. Yes or no will not cut it. Get into the trenches or you'll have the prospect leading you. Never ask a question that you do not already know the answer to.

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