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Re^6: Rosetta Dispatch Table

by stonecolddevin (Parson)
on Nov 24, 2017 at 17:41 UTC ( #1204203=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^5: Rosetta Dispatch Table
in thread Rosetta Dispatch Table (Interview Question)

BTW, I heard an anecdote that during interviews at Microsoft, the interviewers sometimes "staged" a ferocious argument in order to test how the candidate reacted to extreme pressure and conflict. :)

I've heard this about Amazon too. I really, really despise this idea. This isn't the SEALs or Delta Force, you're going into an interview stressed as hell, worried about how you're going to perform technically and then some dick gets in your face trying to piss you off? I'm probably not going to react very well to that, and it's going to throw me off for the rest of the interview.

Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you're god damn right I'm living in the fucking past

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Re^7: Rosetta Dispatch Table
by Your Mother (Archbishop) on Nov 24, 2017 at 22:01 UTC

    I doubt it's true except in perhaps a rogue department. That stuff did happen sometimes. HR would never let a practice like that fly formally though. Amazon's HR is ruthlessly strict about curtailing legal risk.

    I've been gone for most of the company's life at this point but I sat on several hiring committees and changed jobs sometimes as often as every six months so was interviewer as often as interviewed and a staged office fight never happened in front of me. Though I can also see it as being an excuse to cover a real fight, which did happen in front of me more than once. "Oh, no, the VP and product manager don't really hate each other... The office is... fun, really! Low stress. Work life balance... It was a test! Yeah, that's the ticket."

      Did not even consider the legal aspect of this honestly. I feel like giving them a question you know they don't know the answer to or would have to lie to answer is a better judge of what causing a stressful interaction would provoke.

      Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you're god damn right I'm living in the fucking past

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