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Discussion on: What is the worst question you have ever been asked in a job interview?

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Chris Stead

I was asked to explain how floating point numbers work and why a floating point error would occur.

This was for a web application developer position, the person who asked was just trying to come up with a way to bully candidates.

He picked the wrong developer. My background is in mathematics and I took an entire sequence on numerical methods.

I almost walked out, but I needed the job because my entire dept was getting laid off.

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John Selbie

Why were you insulted? This sounds like a fundamental computer science question to me.