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4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…

Help, I’ve Been Pigeonholed!

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Maybe you’re the best Java programmer on your team, or your company’s go-to resource for complex network issues. As a recognized expert in your field, it’s normal to want to spread your wings—but you’re so good at what you do, prospective employers won’t even consider you for a different role than the one you have now. Face it: you’ve been pigeonholed. But don’t despair; following a basic strategy can help you fly the coop. Click here to find developer jobs.… continue…

Unemployed? Networking May Be the Charm

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When you’ve been out of a job for a while, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever work again. Kerin Walsh, a Massachusetts-based tech professional with B.S. and M.A. degrees in electrical engineering, was in her late 40’s and at the top of her game when the bottom fell out of her career. Walsh always had a good job in her field and wasn’t prepared for such a dramatic turnaround. Out of the office for the first time in years,… continue…

Want to Work as a Video-Game Developer?

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Wouldn’t it be great to get paid to work on video games? Who wouldn’t want to become the next Markus “Notch” Persson, who just sold his game Minecraft to Microsoft for a couple billion dollars? (He wanted to spend more time creating games, not managing a global phenomenon.) But gaming’s popularity also makes it difficult to get a proverbial foot in the door of a major company; to enter this highly competitive industry, you need a great resume and cover… continue…

Recruiting’s Dirty Little Secrets

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One of the biggest controversies to rock the tech world over the past few years was the revelation that executives at Apple, Google, and other firms “fixed” the market for highly skilled tech workers by agreeing not to steal each other’s employees. If the unveiling of that secret practice made you wonder about the true modus operandi of corporate and third-party recruiters, you’re not alone. Across the country, tech workers are wondering: Did that last recruiter deliberately steer me toward… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Scala Developers

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As Scala slowly goes mainstream, demand for programmers familiar with the language is rising. Though it ranked 39th in August’s TIOBE Programming Community Index, enthusiasts predict it will become a leading technology in the enterprise by 2018. Click here to find Scala jobs. If you’re interviewing for a Scala developer’s job, how should you prepare? Jamie Allen, director of global services for San Francisco-based Typesafe, initially probes candidates for their general understanding of the language, then explores their specific expertise in… continue…

Does Your Recruiter Have the Skills to Get You the Right Job?

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A recruiter who uncovers the right opportunities can quickly become a job hunter’s best friend. But not all recruiters boast an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry, much less the deep technical understanding necessary to properly vet opportunities as they arise. In light of that, when you meet with a recruiter, it’s worth asking some questions that go beyond job requirements and salary. Here’s a few you might consider. How long have you been a recruiter? Can you tell me… continue…

Avoiding an Online Interview Disaster

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Imagine this scenario: A job candidate logs into Skype for an interview with an HR director. The candidate’s username is “BadWolf11,” which he thought was a pretty cool handle when he set up the account. Except it’s not so cool now—the interview hasn’t even started, and the interviewer is already put out. Yes, there are many mistakes you need to avoid in job interviews that take place via online video. While having a neutral username will help you dodge some… continue…

3 Interview Qs About the Waterfall Development Model

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Sometimes an old-fashioned approach is the most effective. Take the Waterfall model, for instance. Although the process of sequential software development has been around since 1970, it’s more effective than newcomer Agile… under the right circumstances. “Waterfall is still a sound methodology,” said Dennis Kayser, CEO of Forecast.it, a project solutions firm based in Copenhagen. “PMs really need to know several methodologies and when to use them, because Waterfall might produce better results depending on the nature of the project.”… continue…

A Big Reason Managers Ask Coding Questions

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Tip of the Day When you’re asked a coding question, it’s important to remember that you’re not being judged by the code you write on the spot, but by the way you approach the problem. For example, depending on the job you’re applying for, using some known algorithm might be the right approach—or it might not be. What the manager really wants to see is whether you get to that algorithm. After all, algorithms and patterns are relatively easy to… continue…