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Discussion on: The kind of job application process that makes me angry

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Scott Simontis

After going through a job hunt while still employed, I don't think I would do so again. It sucked hard. Most companies with coding challenges wanted a solution within 48 hours. If I was unemployed, that wouldn't be an issue, but when I am trying to escape from having to work 50+ hour weeks, it's hard to set aside the time to do a lot of coding challenges at once. I had to choose between companies several times and exit one application process early so I would have the time to do another company's challenge.

I get that a lot of places want to see how you think on your feet, but giving me no guidance and not setting expectations is frustrating. "Just code like you normally do!" "Your code should speak for itself" I think a great compromise would be if the company supplied a basic solution setup to get applicants started...that way applicants don't have to waste time stitching together a basic enterprise-y solution, and the applicant gets a chance to see what the company's coding style and expectations are like.

I wish more companies would take the time to give feedback. But then again, maybe they have trouble giving feedback because they have no idea what they are looking for. At the very least, it takes a few minutes to set up an automatic "thanks but no thanks" message as opposed to abruptly stopping all contact with me the second I tell you I couldn't complete the challenge in time.

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Davide de Paolis

yep. agree. expecially the feedback part. if i give you my time for a coding challenge. or to go through the interview process it would be nice to receive a detailed feedback in what i did wrong or why i did not fit in the culture of your company. Did i seem unsure or arrogant, sloppy or fussy, was my code crap or overly complicated. It would be nice to know better the expectetions they had. Do you want an MVP with hacky shortcuts and without unittests or do you want to see the code at my best? ( normally i would do all by the book, but if the budget and time costraint are tight - what the heck do you expect?) I believe every interview should be a learning experience and these feedback would really help. but i understand also why they dont do that ( there are many legal reasons too..)