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Re: Stop with the interview questions already

by davies (Parson)
on Aug 31, 2009 at 15:47 UTC ( #792396=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Stop with the interview questions already

There's another possibility that this thread seems not to have considered so far. What if it's the would-be interviewer posting? I find it easy to imagine a headhunting firm being asked to find Perl coders, agreeing without the least knowledge of Perl, gargling for questions and then trying to get answers from the enlightened before throwing them at interviewees. I find it much harder to imagine an interviewee being given time to come back with an answer, although I can imagine someone reacting to being stumped by an interview question by posting here.


John Davies
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Re^2: Stop with the interview questions already
by ssandv (Hermit) on Aug 31, 2009 at 16:09 UTC

    I think if you look at the questions, you can't help but conclude that the person who *wrote* the questions knows some Perl. My guess, based on seeing similar things in other contexts, is that the intent is to design questions where the question and answer can be circulated to managers together, so that the person asking the question can have a "cheat sheet" to verify answers in domains where their knowledge is lacking. The question list that's publicly available gets produced as an artifact when interviewees come back and report what they were asked to their fellows.

    I think (and some of the other people who've posted in this thread may have more insight) that this may be a sign that the people interviewing for these jobs don't generally view themselves as in direct competition with one another for a small number of jobs, but rather more like classmates trying to pass the same examination--in which case the creation of a shared knowledge base of "answers to the test questions" is a fairly common, and understandable, event--but not a defensible one.

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