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Discussion on: Litmus Tests in Tech

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Jonathan Experton • Edited

As an occasional technical interviewer I find it difficult to separate the knowledge I value from what matters.

Most candidates I’ve interviewed in webdev have little experience and zero theoretical knowledge about the tools they use, which is fine for junior entry level. What I find more problematic is for instance when an intermediate React developer has never heard about the event loop, or has never read the official React documentation.

Sometimes, even though I don’t value the answer, I ask basic shibboleth questions, like code syntax, on purpose to check if the candidate took the time to read things like “how to prepare for a React job interview” to check his level of commitment in his job search.

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