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Discussion on: What I Learned From Bombing An Amazon Coding Assessment

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Jan Küster

I would like to emphasize, that these kind of assessments only take a snapshot of your current development and problem-solving skills. A more valid approach also requires to monitor how your skills improve over time.

In the long run you want to hire someone who is good in self-improvement of skills and adapting to changes. Ans maybe this person has just not build the skills yet.

Failing this limited small puzzle makes me think in the end:

a) I just not solved it yet but in the future I would be able to do so


b) This would not be the place where I like to work at because the only thing they care is my current performance and not the performance I could deliver after x time-units of further improvement.

Hope this is not perceived as rude but rather a critical approach on code assessments we all should be aware of (and communicate in job interviews, too).

Still much thanks for sharing the test, it was fun to solve it <3