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Re^5: Stop with the interview questions already

by freddo411 (Chaplain)
on Sep 01, 2009 at 21:38 UTC ( #792740=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Stop with the interview questions already
in thread Stop with the interview questions already

I object to anyone in the process of being tested trying to cheat to get a question answered here. They're being tested on how well they already know the answer, not how well they can crowdsource it.

I conduct interviews at my company by providing an internet connected computer along with some basic programming problems. I instruct the interviewee that she/he may "google" as needed. We don't expect people to memorize the manuals. Crowd sourcing is fair game if that produces workable results.

I think this is a close analog to how programmers really work.

Nothing is too wonderful to be true
-- Michael Faraday

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Re^6: Stop with the interview questions already
by psini (Deacon) on Sep 13, 2009 at 12:40 UTC


    I strongly agree. The ability of "googling" an answer to a difficult question is a valuable (and not at all obvious) skill

    Rule One: "Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man."

Re^6: Stop with the interview questions already
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 01, 2009 at 22:48 UTC
    If your only skill is crowdsourcing, you are not a programmer

      If crowdsourcing has no value, what does that mean for the cpan?

      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
        Crowdscourcing has value, but if you need every line of your program crowdsourced, you are not a programmer.

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[atcroft]: stevieb: Sad to say that I only recently learned that particular trick, but I have since found it very useful.... :)
[james28909]: ill be back with a solution eventually
[stevieb]: it's a reminder to re-inforce it :P
[atcroft]: james28909: That particular questions was a bit of trick, actually (depending on the country you are in). More interesting is, if you are trying to subtract from an epoch time, for instance, you might have to consider when/if DST occurs for a location,
[atcroft]: because you may have to adjust the number of seconds you change from an epoch from 86400 (not to mention leap seconds)....
[atcroft]: james28909: Although if your program is using a database, you might be able to "pass the buck" to the database and ask it to do the date change for you....

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