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Discussion on: Good Programmer vs Average Programmer - and, Why Asking questions and Paying attention to Details matters.

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José Muñoz • Edited

I think the biggest issue with technical interviews is the fact that a lot of the time the interviewer is not clear on what they want, so say you complete the tasks successfully, and then you get points off because its missing unit testing, or it uses ES6 syntax (happens too many times), or some other arbitrary thing that was never disclosed. As an interviewee, we are pushing our CVs to more than a single company and figuring our how your specific company works for free is not a good deal. For interviewers, I wish you could just be clear, set expectations and metrics and let us do the technical part, the problem is that most interviewers are not clear on these points either and every interview ends up being arbitrary. Good engineers end up with impostor syndrome because of bad recruiters.

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Absolutely @jose and I couldn't agree more. If I really want that job, I will follow Interviewer's mind and tell him what he wants to listen to, but, if not then its also a good indication whether you want to work with close-minded people or not.

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Rodrigo Fernandez • Edited

Hey good point, I agree interviewers should be prepared and know what they want. One thing I would like to disagree is where you mentioned "let us do the technical part". what do you mean by this? Because in my view as a software developer it is not only "build a script with x stack", it goes beyond that, it takes problem solving, use of analysis, planning, etc.

Also, keep in mind a more seasoned developer will always take into account testing, IMO I rarely see a practical interview that requires a unit test, but it is not a reason to "take off points", as an interviewer I would even be opposed to using a "points" system...