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  1. 1.

    Can you define black box testing and white box testing and discuss the differences between them?

  2. 2.

    How do you go about organizing CSS files, and why do you prefer this approach?

  3. 3.

    Can you describe how you would implement linear search in JavaScript?

  4. 4.

    In your opinion, what is the difference between computer software and a computer program?

  5. 5.

    Please describe responsive design and the difference between fixed and fluid layouts.

  6. 6.

    Can you describe the complete software development life cycle?

  7. 7.

    What do you feel are the critical principles of good software engineering?

  8. 8.

    What portion of your day involves coding, and what are the other activities you perform when not coding?

  9. 9.

    What methodologies do you use to ensure that your program will scale?

  10. 10.

    Which design patterns do you use, and in what situations do you use them?

  11. 11.

    Can you describe what you know about object-oriented programming?

  12. 12.

    What are some of the programming languages you are familiar with, and which ones do you prefer?

  13. 13.

    In your opinion, what distinguishes a great software engineer from an average one?

  14. 14.

    What do you look for or check when reviewing another team member's code?

  15. 15.

    Walk me through your process for designing scalable applications.

  16. 16.

    Describe the process you use to create a program, from requirements definition to delivery.

  17. 17.

    How do you go about addressing errors in your code?

  18. 18.

    How experienced are you with the Agile software development process?

  19. 19.

    What process do you use to test and find bugs in an application you've developed?

  20. 20.

    Please describe a stack and the two operations it performs.

  21. 21.

    What are the differences between an array and a stack?

  22. 22.

    How would you implement Dijkstra's Shortest Path using a programming language with which you are familiar?

  23. 23.

    What are the differences between blocking and non-blocking calls in the context of Node.js?

  24. 24.

    What are the functions of web workers in HTML5?

  25. 25.

    Walk me through the steps to build a single page application with multiple sections using the programming framework in which you typically work.

  26. 26.

    How would you accelerate the response time of a website you created?

  27. 27.

    Which do you prefer - a micro-service approach or a monolithic app?

  28. 28.

    Can you describe a tough software development problem you encountered in your last job and discuss how you solved it?

  29. 29.

    What personal software development projects have you worked on outside of work?

  30. 30.

    How would you go about explaining cloud computing to someone that doesn't have a technical background?