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Amrit Pandey

Furthermore, for many people, there's just something about watching that (artificially limited) timer count down that materially impairs their ability to provide a solid solution.

You had me here. I just can't perform my best when put into time constrain. Any advice to overcome this? Because I don't think the interview process is changing for good any time soon.

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

I wish I had any decent advice - but I don't. When hit with a timer, I typically find that I have one of two responses.

  1. I read the problem statement and I immediately know how to solve this. In this scenario, I often do quite well - even with the clock looming over me. Because it's really just a matter of getting what's already in my brain onto the screen.

  2. I read the problem statement and I have to spend some time simply understanding the question, or formulating a way to solve it. In this scenario, I almost always fail. Because if I have to sit there and mentally solve the issue while the clock is relentlessly counting down, it'll drive me crazy and completely impede my ability to think clearly.

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Amrit Pandey

Also in the second case, there is a tiring urge to submit a bad solution. Solution can be improved but I am in a panic mode so the decision I make is to settle down with a solution which I would never even implement in my own project.

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Melvyn Sopacua
  1. Use a search engine to find the answer. A timer is a signal to me for a goal oriented task, so be goal oriented and don't waste time on coding.

Like AI's pause a game indefinitely, cause you won't loose.