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Re: Stop with the interview questions already

by Zen (Deacon)
on Sep 10, 2009 at 13:33 UTC ( #794571=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Stop with the interview questions already

Are you suggesting India doesn't have enough highly trained programmers, OP? This is ignorance and stinks of nationalism and prejudice. Let me enlighten you.

India has a very large, competitive population as well as some of the top educational opportunities in the world. The discount pricing from the American perspective is not about skill; it's about economics. I work with Indian programmers who are quite talented, extremely skilled, and get paid less because of where they live, not what they can do.

As far as the power to google answers, forcing folks to know everything already isn't realistic. There are a lot of weak programmers out there; it is the employers job to weed them out with an exam that matches the job description. Blaming it on perlmonks is just silly when the real issue is factory-style testing. I actually appreciate working with folks that know how to find answers (in an appropriate way) more than I appreciate snobby know-it-alls suffering from a bad case of hubris.
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Re^2: Stop with the interview questions already
by ssandv (Hermit) on Sep 10, 2009 at 16:45 UTC

    As far as "snobby know-it-alls", there's a cookware-relateded metaphor that leaps to mind.

    If you'd actually paid attention to what I've said here, including my clarifying replies, you'd have seen that I place the primary blame on employers. Further, I never denied (and I *wouldn't* deny) that there are many skilled programmers and testers in India. However, it's unreasonable, and contra the facts of the situation, for you to claim that there isn't an obvious thread connecting a substantial percentage of the recent rash of repetitive, badly phrased, poorly directed questions. I don't blame it on PerlMonks--but I think answering these questions without open eyes is harmful in a number of ways. Providing a book-like answer for these questions is not the best kind of help.

    The sole purpose of this reply is to express my disagreements with Zen's fanciful reading of my post for the benefit of anyone else who happens by here--I have no intention of a running argument with someone who's repeatedly, in a variety of contexts, demonstrated an ability to overlook the obvious, and routinely infer nefarious motives where none exist.

Re^2: Stop with the interview questions already
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 16, 2009 at 21:58 UTC
    Are you suggesting India doesn't have enough highly trained programmers, OP?

    No he is not! Stop casting aspersions.

    He is letting us know that the rash of guys from the same region, same city , some even from the same company, who've been visiting lately asking the same questions (and even created duplicate accounts), who don't respond to replies, don't follow links, ignore word answer, ignore all answers they cannot cut and paste into their program (or test)....

    are all trying to get test answers. I didn't know. I am glad for this explanation as it will stop me from wasting my time trying to engage these guys when they're busy taking a test.

      I quote the OP, "See, in certain countries that are popular outsourcing destinations, not only don't they have enough highly-trained programmers, they don't have enough highly-trained managers either"

      The OP didn't suggest it- the OP flatly stated it! Thanks "anonymous."

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