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Discussion on: The Engineering Interview is Broken

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Kim Arnett 

Yaaas.

I once had a personality test & coding challenge I had to submit together before I went on to the next round. They passed. Was it my personality? Or was it my coding? We may never know.

Dev interviews are sooo broken. I hope this pivots to a more healthy interview process for both candidates and managers.

My favorite code-interview was one where I built a sample app, on my own machine, on the projector, in front of a group of people.

  • I was familiar with my dev environment
  • I was allowed to use whatever tools needed to get the job done **Hello real world example!
  • I was also allowed to ask people in the room questions.
  • Managers could see what I needed assistance with and where I didn't.

It also helped that I got the job - but honestly I felt very comfortable doing this. They told me what I would be building before I got there, there were no surprises. The interviews leading up to the in-person interview were similar to what you talked about... just a general discussion of my personality and questions around technology. No white boards, no homework, no GitHub required.

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Gearloose Jones Author

I really dig the idea of BYOE. My only concern would be if there's any kind of projector set up so people aren't huddling around you for an insane amount of time. :) But details like that are definitely something that can be discussed prior to the on-site.

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Shane Milton ☁️

I like the idea of the interviewee providing their own environment. I may use that in the future (with a me-provided environment ready as a backup). Thanks!

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Kim Arnett 

For sure - Just be sure to tell them ahead of time so they can be prepared. :)
It's best case really. I have keyboard shortcuts I'm used to that aren't on someone else's machine. Therefore it looks like I'm stumbling, but I'm actually not :(

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Shane Milton ☁️

Yeah, I think quite a bit of cooperative planning would have to go into it (which probably has "interview value" in itself) and would have to be custom-tailored on a per-candidate basis, which is fine for me. I could see this being prohibitively difficult for some orgs but this would work well for us. :)

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