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Discussion on: Describe the Best Interview You've Been In

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

I had an interview once, Google I think, where I was asked how I could send an email if I didn't have an email program. I think they assumed people would fail that question, and weren't excited that I used netcat and manually typed the SMTP protocol... :)

I dislike trivia questions in interviews. I dislike tricky algorithm questions (common stuff like stacks, binary search, should be okay, but nothing novel). When I give interviews now I let people make up functions if they want. Sure, just assuem you have a shuffle function, or just type the arguments in any order and I'll assume it's correct.

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Yechiel Kalmenson

I had an interviewer on a tech interview ask me why manhole covers were round... 🙄

quora.com/What-is-the-most-useless...

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Eljay-Adobe

I liked this answer the best for that question...

sellsbrothers.com/12395

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Adam Mackintosh

I actually learned that before at water and sewer technical school, LOL. It's so the lid can't fall down the hole :)

A good opportunity to start talking about system physics and foresight.

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Yechiel Kalmenson

Lol yeah, I happened to know that answer.

You can see the Quora answer I linked to for the whole story :)