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Discussion on: I Passed The Google Technical Interviews; You Can Too.

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Giuliano Roberto Pinheiro

I think the main point comes from showing you know something that is easily testable (as algorithms and compleity analysis surely are) for your interviewers, you know?

The point, IMO, is not that you have to know them by heart because that is a skill you gotta know at any given moment. It is the process of learning and the growth that comes from it, and the specific areas of your reasoning those subjects encompass, that they should be trying to test.

In other words, as one of my teachers in primary school used to say: we are not here to teach you History or Mathematics or Chemistry, you're not gonna need all that. We are teaching you how to think, and each one of us [professors] is doing it the way he/she knows best.