Joined: 07 Oct 2013 Posts: 6 Location: United States
I have asked the same general question during an interview.
While understanding how to solve the -805 is a skill to have, it may be as well-served to demonstrate understanding of how to get a program into productive use. By understanding this, the reason for the -805s fall into place and can be avoided.
Here is what I typically ask:
What is the compilation process for a <COBOL> program?
What things are produced, for example, program listing? (Probe to see if the interviewee provides DBRM as an object produced, and what it is).
How do the compilation artifacts 'come together', and get run?
-805s are due to a lack of experience, understanding or attention to the over-all process. Handling -805s are best done by preventing them.