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Sample COBOL Interview Questions

Updated on March 29, 2011

Below are sample technical questions I have encountered during interviews. You may be an Interviewer or applying for a job position such as Computer Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Software Engineer, or Developer that require skills, knowledge, and experience in COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) programming.

How do you read a DMSII data record?

How do you create a record in DMSII database?
CREATE, MOVE values, STORE record

How do you update a DMSII data record?

OPEN database as update, LOCK the record, BEGIN-TRANSACTION, STORE the record, END-TRANSACTION

How do you update a key item in a DMSII database?
DELETE old, RECREATE, and STORE record with new key

What are the 5 kinds of PERFORM statements?

How do you create a flat file?
OPEN file as output, WRITE records, CLOSE file with SAVE, CRUNCH, LOCK, or PURGE

How do you read a flat file?
OPEN file as input, Read records sequentially, CLOSE file

How do you update or rewrite a record in a flat file?
OPEN file as I-O, Read record, Move values, REWRITE record, CLOSE file.

What are the 4 divisions in a COBOL program?
Identification Division, Environment Division, Data Division, Procedure Division

How do you define a table/array in COBOL?

How do you sort in a COBOL program?

What is the difference between performing a SECTION and a PARAGRAPH?
Performing a SECTION will cause all the paragraphs within the section to be performed.
Performing a PARAGRAPH will cause only that paragraph to be performed.

What is the use of EVALUATE statement?
Evaluate is like a Case statement and can be used to replace nested Ifs.

What are the file OPEN modes in COBOL?

Mainframe COBOL, for Systems Developers of the 21st Century, COBOL CICS, Micro Focus Visual Object COBOL, Cobol for Dummies


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