Core Java Interview Questions Podcast


CJIQ005: Recruiters! Interview with an international recruiter.

Without a doubt I think this is going to be the most popular CJIQ podcast, maybe ever!  Sarah Sellers is from iKas international, an international recruitment agency based in HK, Singapore, Australia, London and New York (aka the glamour locations!).  I remember when I first had a call from a recruiter and being caught completely off guard so I approached this interview from the perspective of a complete beginner.  Whether you're changing jobs for the first time or it's been a long time since you dealt with a recruiter, or you just wanted an open and frank discussion with a recruiter this episode is for you. 

I think the big takeaway from this podcast is trust, and finding a recruiter that you feel you can work with.  From my experience as well there are a lot of "slimey" recruiters, but there are also a number of diamonds in the rough. Go for coffee with a number of recruiters and find the one you feel comfortable with.

m also happy to announce the official release of Java Interview Bootcamp, my first book under the CJIQ banner.  If you're looking for a new developer role then stop googling for example interview questions and check this out.  The first half of the book is dedicated to the "soft skills" of interviewing, which I think is the most important part of the interview. The second half is a comprehensive core Java review.  The book has been in beta for 2 months and I've had some incredible feedback from people who now have a new job thanks to this book.  I'd love it if you could check it out now.


Core Java Interview Questions Podcast 4: Technical Programming Tests with Jim Bennett


Things have been quiet recently on the website whilst I've been travelling back to the UK.  Whilst there I took the time to sit down with my good friend Jim Bennett and talk about technical tests. I loved his article he wrote for CJIQ (you can see the post here) which I took a ton of value from and really wanted to sit down with him and expand the discussion.  We ended up talking for an hour but it's packed with incredible information, including:

  • The benefits and negatives of moving abroad during your career
  • What are technical tests and what are companies trying to achieve with them?
  • The truth that companies want you to succeed
  • Why most interviews suck
  • Why you need to contact the interviewing team directly
  • How to use the job spec to write the best code
  • The tips you need to follow to give you the best chance of progressing
All the shownotes can be found at

Core Java Interview Questions Podcast 3: What does a good Java developer look like?

I am so excited for you to hear the first ever interview on CJIQ.  We go into great detail on the attributes of a good developer (spoiler; It has relatively little to do with code) and conversely what the facets of a bad developer are.

All the shownotes are available at

Core Java Interview Questions Podcast 2: How to fail your interview

It's much easier to leave a bad impression than a good one.  It's much easier to avoid doing bad things than doing good things. In this episode we talk about what to avoid!

Shownotes are available at

Core Java Interview Questions Podcast 1: 5 things you can action today to improve your job chances

The very first episode of the podcast.   In this episode we discuss 5 actions you can take right now to help you get your next job interview and, fingers crossed, land the job.