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I am the last guy standing for an awesome contract position which will have the title Sr. Software Engineer.
There will be a third interview with code test.

The starting work will be supporting an existing and live legacy side made with Cold Fusion and .Net. But there is no prerequisite for ColdFusion. Once a little time passes, I will use my newfound domain experience to take part in the port to .Net 4.6.1 and Core 1.0.

What kinds of things might I study up on this weekend?

What are some classic test questions? I will be sure I can code a recursive function to reverse a string, for one.

Other Suggestions?

I usually do my best studying as I prepare for an interview for a job j really want.

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A senior software engineer will have no trouble passing any code test. If you know your stuff, don't worry about it.

If you're interviewing with management for a private concern in the US, I might have a tip or two for you.
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Yes, this is private and yes I am interviewing with management, including the top project manager and the CTO.
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I meant executive/non-technical management, but no matter. For technical management, there's more of a personality mesh involved. Be careful not to "outshine" technical management by too much technical talk. If they don't follow what you're saying, they won't like that.  Follow their lead and answer questions directly without expanding. Behave as they behave; present yourself as a mirror-image of them. If they are more out-going, behave like that; if they are more reserved, copy accordingly. Sit in your chair in the same fashion that they sit.  Everybody likes that. Don't ask about pay, benefits, hours, etc. If you must ask questions, confine your questions to positive inquiries about the work to be performed. Be enthused about whatever the tech interviewers stresses.

If a non-technical interviewer ask you if you have any questions, here's your chance to shine ... ask "Why do you like working here?" That question alone has been the best interview advice I have ever given. It's produced several offers for myself and others.

The very best of luck to you!
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BTW- make sure that you ask the question exactly as I mentioned.
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The test I am prepping for is a coding test. This is a hard core code test and may involve me getting set down in front of a PC with a list of requirements. It's not what you were thinking that I was studying for. The job title is Senior Software Engineer, and the project manager, who himself is a brilliant architect, said that everyone on his team is a Senior Software Engineer / Architect. So, he is expecting a lot from me.

I plan to spend some time playing with some online LINQ tools, JSFiddle, writing an MVC app or two and coding up some little optional things like HtmlHelpers, Razor control, .NET Field validation and whatever else comes to mind.

I am reviewing a list of 100 C# test questions to be sure I could answer any of them.

I do not want play with .NET Core 1.0 since that is in their product plan for the spring, and I expect them to require I really do know .NET 4.6.1, especially.

Now, given this new perspective, what suggestions can you make?

Thanks
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If you're asking which technologies to study up on, it depends on what they do and how they do it. You already know more than I about that. Focus on whatever is important to the one that can hire you. Listen for it when he speaks. Never interrupt. Impress him and he'll hire you. That's all that matters now.

I don't know if it'll be of any value, however I'll share my experience as a senior engineer. There is always a heavy load of database & SQL, reports, web sites, services & Windows work using a wide variety of technologies. Every job seems to have a nice side of document (PDF, Excel, Word) related projects as well.
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