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It's very difficult to find questions of the correct difficulty for an interview that don't require arbitrary knowledge that the candidate might not have.

The binary tree question has a short definition, requires only knowledge that any candidate will have, and is easy for any logical thinker.

If I am administering a practical test for a junior programmer position, as in, a fresh graduate, the binary tree test is a great one.

I put them in front of an IDE, sit with them, and ask them to write a unbalanced binary tree container with insert, find and delete functions.

Watching a candidate do this tests basic implementation skill, API design, debugging and testing methodology. By the end of it, I have a pretty good idea if they will make a good hire.




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