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Interviewer: For this next code challenge you will not be allowed to use the internet, or an IDE.

Dev: …

Interviewer: OR a keyboard OR a mouse. I will be verbalizing the code to you and you need to memorize it and tell me where the bugs are.

Dev: …

Interviewer: We must do this exercise to know how you are as a dev without any performance enhancing “aid”. This way we can understand where you are truly at skill-wise, and what you are truly worth from a compensation perspective.

Dev: …

Dev: If I get a job with you will I be allowed to use the internet and an IDE and a keyboard/mouse?

Interview: Of course you would! Getting anything done without those is just about impossible. We just need to evaluate you without them to see how good you REALLY are.

Dev: …

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  • 26
    Run away and never look back!
  • 12
    Imagine, if you will, that I answered all of the questions corrctly, and very quickly.

    Anything else?
  • 9
    Jesus Christ. They should add identic memory to the job post
  • 7
    @grospataplouf Perl
  • 17
    What the... Would they verbalize even stuff like brackets? Or hey if they use e.g. Python they'd have to spell out the indentations, right? Honestly I'd have agreed to that test just to hear someone try to verbalize code like that
  • 3
    yeah fuck them lol
  • 1
    @grospataplouf Javascript/React
  • 4
    BTW, this is Gina Carano. She will try to knock you out while you solve the challenge. That way we can assess your performance under stress...
  • 4
    dev: I think we are done. I don't want to work with idiots. Good day.
  • 7
    This is.. real? Immediately reminded me of xkcd's "real programmers use butterflies". https://xkcd.com/378/
  • 2
    @phorkyas Yeah it’s a bit of a pattern I’m experiencing with some companies in my job search. The exercises have little to do with actually evaluating you and are more about negging you into accepting lower pay or it’s someone who wants to stroke their ego by creating ridiculous exercises and watch you struggle while they have already figured out the solution ahead of time with no pressure or time limit and are waiting to show off how “brilliant” they are.

    It’s quite an absurd gauntlet to experience.
  • 1
    that actually sounds like potentially fun challenge, and i can imagine it being able to reveal some very bright people.
  • 6
    They are not performance aid! Those are the tools we use!

    I don’t evaluate a carpenter by asking him to put nails without a hammer.

    They can screw themselves without using a screwdriver!
  • 2
    Record the interview and put it on YouTube.
  • 2
    Obviously not a place where you want to work anymore, but probably wasted opportunity to have a good laugh. Should've made it painfull for him, I wanna see that guy "verbalize" indentation, caps size, proper operator names...
  • 2
    How are you such a magnet for the worst places to work at??!!!
  • 0
    @galena I’ve been doing piles of interviews, the shitty ones are mostly outliers thankfully. Most places are pretty reasonable, minus the pay they are offering. I’m sure a decent gig will pop eventually though, just a matter of time.
  • 0
    @grospataplouf Javascript so thankfully one of the more verbally communicable programming languages.
  • 1
    What the fuck.
  • 1
    Is this for real??
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