Frequently Asked Queue Interview Questions and Answers

Q: Implement Stack using Queues

Answer:

Implement the following operations of a stack using queues.

  • push(x) — Push element x onto stack.
  • pop() — Removes the element on top of the stack.
  • top() — Get the top element.
  • empty() — Return whether the stack is empty.

Q: Maximums in Sliding Windows

Answer:

Given an array of numbers and a sliding window size, how to get the maximal numbers in all sliding windows?

Q: LRU Cache Implementation

Answer:

Design and implement a data structure for Least Recently Used (LRU) cache. It should support the following operations: get and put.

get(key) – Get the value (will always be positive) of the key if the key exists in the cache, otherwise return -1.
put(key, value) – Set or insert the value if the key is not already present. When the cache reached its capacity, it should invalidate the least recently used item before inserting a new item.