With TopTal, I went through two rounds of technical assessments: an algorithm test and then a small project build.
I personally despise algorithm tests. They are are impractical, too academic, and not a great measure of real-world skills. But, they do provide an interesting backdoor into your thought processes, requirements gathering, and communication skills.
Ultimately... I bombed mine.
However, I understood the problem and talked through how I approached it. At the end, I felt the interviewer was more interested in my attempt than my code.
Okay, interesting that they would still talk to you after failing the test. I dropped it as soon as I saw they had an algo test. At least you're getting great jobs from the platform, congrats!
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