As many of you know, some books about this topic have been written. I've seen questions that are of historic value, and/or discussions about them. Some include:
This query shows some additional results, too.
The open/closed ratio of interview questions suggests that it's off-topic. However, if you look at the questions themselves, those that have been closed are often asking what to expect during an interview, rather than having an actual question/problem and its answer.
My thought was that, if a single post meant to be a collection of interview questions and their answers existed, it'd be:
- More immediately accessible than a book
- Less prone to become outdated like a book
- More informative regarding how question trends change, if any exist at all
The goal was to have the community post interview questions they're familiar with, provide an answer to the problem, and explain the answer in detail for it to be useful.
Given the site's encouragement to share our own knowledge, the fact that we'd be looking at specific problems, and providing actual solutions, suggests to me that this could be considered on-topic.
A potential format for each post could be something like:
The Problem Statement
Problem statement here
What the Problem Statement Seeks to Show
Offer an explanation of what the problem statement actually means or supposed to prove about the candidate being interviewed.
An Answer and/or Solution
This is my solution to the problem above, including code if necessary.
An Explanation of the Answer and/or Solution
This is my explanation of why my solution is correct
While I, personally, don't think interview questions are necessarily an accurate and/or reasonable representation of a candidate's capabilities or lack thereof (e.g. nerves have gotten the better of me in past interviews), discussing whether interview questions prove and/or show what they supposedly prove and/or show is different and not the intention of the posts, b/c it's too opinionated.
If posting such a question in SE.SE is off-topic, is there a way in which it can be worded/proposed so that it is on-topic? If not, is there another SE site where it would be on-topic without much dispute?