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"We don’t feel you have the right skill set"
@cypnk I've had interviews like this!
"Please write a program that does [thing that there is a common shell utility for]"
Okay. [Solution is a shell script using common shell utility, well implemented, with comments about why I'm using that shell utility, and where to find more information.]
"Sorry, but you're not the kind of developer we're looking for."
It's a bullshit emblem of a broken industry that asks the wrong questions, and wants the wrong answers.
@bob @cypnk My last gig did a bullshit cognitive assessment (which I got a very high score on. I'm really good at bullshit cognitive assessments) before the interview, and then just a bunch of riddles and lateral thinking puzzles in the interview.
Stuff like the one with three switches and three bulbs, or the water puzzle from diehard.
And then someone threw in a fizzbang.
I'd heard them all before, so I knew the answers to all of them. They made me an offer on the spot.
It was so strange.
My last unperson interview was weird they asked me a whole bunch of unrelated question to the job I applied for like "whats your favorite web exploit?" And "whats your least favorite database?". I left pissed thinking I wasn't getting it but they offered me a different one the next day. Also for the record its RFI because they should never happen and MSSQL because its a Microsoft product
@cypnk my favorite quote so far, summing up ALL of the interviews:
“So I know these ten things that I think make me clever, I will judge your grasp of the entire field of computer science based on whether you also know these ten things. But first, tell me a little about yourself.”
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