The Ultimate Interview Question For (not only) Java Developers

Last week I spent 2 days in a workshop Java EE, SE and "cool stuff" in Germany. The team was great and experienced. Although it was a midsize company, both CEOs were still CODERS - and had deep programming experience. It's a Mac / OpenSolaris / Linux shop. They are hiring Java developers now - and a really interested in good programmers. So we chatted a little bit about the interview questions. Actually it was only one: "Tell me, how you started with computing / programming, what was your first machine?". The CEO wanted to hear the story - and filter out the motivations and interests. Although this question is simple and not Java related - it emphasizes the only thing, which matters - the passion. Experience just doesn't matter - the passion and motivation really counts in long term (actually already in few weeks) :-). So stop learning JSR-numbers, and be passionated!


How big is a company for you to consider it "midsize"?

Posted by Stefan Tilkov on June 11, 2008 at 03:32 PM CEST #


I guess about 40 developers,



Posted by Adam Bien on June 11, 2008 at 04:02 PM CEST #

Good guess :)

Posted by Niels Menke on June 12, 2008 at 12:14 PM CEST #

In which city in Germany is the company located? and, if you may say, what is its name?

Posted by Karl on June 13, 2008 at 02:03 PM CEST #

Nice post :)

Posted by N, Varun on January 02, 2009 at 06:58 PM CET #

Very true.

All the good developers i have ever known were passionate about what they do.

Unfortunately not all passionate coders are good coders. You need some pragmatism and social skills as well :- )


Posted by Artur Ejsmont on July 15, 2010 at 07:15 PM CEST #

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