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Discussion on: I failed an interview because of an algorithm

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most of those questions are terrible. Asking about stuff that can be found in documentation is extremely stupid way to go about hiring process. A developer does not need to carry the documentation in his head. Ultimately it can amount to nothing, when a technology stack can and ultimately definitely will change in the course of the next few years.

Hiring is definitely hard, a good developer can see how so many companies fail at it completely. For example an interview such as the one described in this article easily leads to hiring a subpar developer, that prepares for interviews on portals like this one. Here you constantly have articles about trivia interview questions etc. So if somebody, who's not really even an experienced dev goes through these articles would probably ace that interview and be hired, despite the fact, that when you'd give him work to do, he'd be just hopeless.