Too clever

By DamnGurl - 12/02/2021 02:58 - United States - Kula

Today, during a programming interview, I provided the right approach and the right answer as agreed by the interviewer, but used some extra variables with proper names. Guess who is not selected for the next round due to those extra variables. FML
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Same thing different taste

Foot in mouth syndrome

By Anonymous - 05/05/2024 12:00 - United States - Seattle

Today, I had an interview for a pretty interesting job. Everything was going smoothly until I referred to their company by the wrong name, not once, but three times. They politely corrected me each time, but I could see the resentment in their eyes, especially because it was the name of their main competitor. I probably won't be getting the job, huh? FML
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Wouldn't your compiler warn you about unused variables during the build phase, and give you a chance to delete them? Having extraneous variables shows you might not have a real grip of the problem.

Yeah what they want is for you to be direct and understand the problem specifically; A self-reflective con that can actually harm you is being overly-divulsive and complicating things when the answer is actually simple.

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Wouldn't your compiler warn you about unused variables during the build phase, and give you a chance to delete them? Having extraneous variables shows you might not have a real grip of the problem.

Yeah what they want is for you to be direct and understand the problem specifically; A self-reflective con that can actually harm you is being overly-divulsive and complicating things when the answer is actually simple.

We don't know the programming language. Could be one without compilers or build phases, or where extra variables are no big deal (are they a big deal in any modern language anyway?) Sounds to me like you dodged a bullet there, OP. Requiring a by-the-book solution in a creative environment with muliple possible approaches to a problem seems like a rigid workplace.

Employers want you to solve problems quickly and efficiently. It's called the KISS method. So next time this happens, remember; Keep It Simple Stupid Or, if you ever watched MythBusters, follow the Hyneman's examples.