As an interviewer, I can't solve all LC problems. Can you?

Amazon mlkjaj
Jun 3 19 Comments

I've been an interviewer for a while (before LC existed). Now when I go through LC, I can see that I'm not able to solve many of those questions (especially hard ones) within the 30 minutes timeframe, or without having seen them already. The questions I ask are not in LC and when I got into Amazon (and Google before Amazon) I didn't really "prepare".
Because of this, it's been almost a year that I rejected all interview requests. Is anybody else in the same boat? Can all interviewers solve LC problems within the timeframe?
P.S. I'm actually interested in comments from interviewers at FANG and other known companies who ask LC questions.

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  • Nvidia <script><
    Break the wheel: refuse to LC
    Jun 3 2
    • Amazon mlkjaj
      OP
      Refuse whose request? Nobody asked me to LC, so there's nothing to refuse. I'm just asking for interviewers' point of view.
      Jun 3
    • Microsoft / IT
      mb117

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      Then set a city on fire
      Jun 3
  • I have a theory. Most people in the top tech companies nowadays wonโ€™t be able to solve a lot of LC questions without preparing for it. The truth is, you need to practice for it, even if you are a seasoned coder.
    Jun 3 4
    • VMware singh-king
      I know few people in my team for whom solving LC won't be an issue, I mean they are super smart and come up with challenging technical problem so fast. But they don't go over TC or they are already paid top dollars.
      Jun 3
    • I am sure there are folks like that. I doubt they are the majority though. Or you work with a big team of A listers, and I am happy for you!
      Jun 3
    • Anyone who's done reasonably well in competitive programming during uni (ICPC, IOI, etc.) doesn't need to bother with that shit.
      Jun 3
    • New EVOy20
      Some problems canโ€™t be solved if you havenโ€™t seen the algorithm before, even if you have 200 IQ (Morris traversal, KMP, Aho Corasick, HopCroft Karp) Keep in mind the best TopCoders have solved 5K+ problems in their life and still their % of solved problems is not perfect.
      Jun 4
  • New / Eng
    McAdriano

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    Can all Interviewers solve LC problems within the given time? I had been meaning to ask this for some time, and I didn't because I have a special respect for FAANG people, like all of you are 10X programmers which I am not, so yes, when I truly believe that all Interviews are a One-on-One test of skills, as in, if you expect me to solve a Sudoku or Crossword programmatically on the white-board, I imagined that Interviewers would have practiced the solution already. But, your question helps me to begin believing that I wasn't just privileged, never been at the right place at the right time as yet.
    Jun 3 2
    • Tesla / Eng ๐Ÿ‰โ›ˆ
      Yeah, if people were forced to reinterview most would not pass. I've heard Amazon actually wants you to feel like you snuck in or something along those lines.
      Jun 3
    • Glassdoor / Eng nyb123
      the ability to solve artificial problems in an artificial timeline is in no way an indicator of the mythical "10x" developer.
      Jun 3
  • Thanks for sharing, itโ€™s refreshing to see this perspective. What standards are you held to as an interviewer? Do you feel your interviews have gotten harder over time?

    Also, do you mind sharing the years you got into google and amazon. Just curious when the landscape started changing. Fucking sucks now
    Jun 3 1
    • Amazon mlkjaj
      OP
      2013 into G
      Jun 3
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    • Amazon mlkjaj
      OP
      Tell who?
      Also I don't get what you mean by "refuse leet code". I'm not LCing and nobody asked me to do so. What should I refuse?!
      Jun 3
    • Amazon mlkjaj
      OP
      No. Nobody asked me to LC anyone. I have my own questions to ask that are not in LC and Amazon is actually encouraging me.
      Jun 3
  • IBM sg4h7j
    I just got humiliated by a FAANG interview. This post makes me feel a tiny little bit better.
    Jun 4 0
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    LC is not useful at work other than interviews, but that's how the game is played now not many choices.
    Jun 4 0
  • VMware singh-king
    I wonder when an interviewer come up with a question, how much time he/she spent on solving that. I mean if you solved it like in an hour how can you expect someone else to solve in 30?
    Jun 3 0
  • Symantec GoRams
    Did u harass candidates with LC hards?
    Jun 3 0