Bad interviewer

Microsoft vzkagal
Apr 3 29 Comments

I had an onsite interview with Uber. One guy asked me a question before I finish thinking he gives a hint I didn't want. When I am writing code, he stops my flow to improve it. He points issues before I get a chance to test my code. At the end of the interview he asks if I liked his question.

What did he hope to learn from this interview if he doesn't let me solve it on my own ?

It sounded more like he wanted to test out a new question on me.

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  • Microsoft / Product cruisin
    Sounds like a new interviewer?
    Apr 3 3
    • Oracle pzd
      Agreed. Sounds like the interviewer himself was a bit anxious.
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft vzkagal
      OP
      He was quite young. Surely they Shadow and get training before doing interviews ?
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft / Product cruisin
      Clearly not
      Apr 3
  • Cisco MonkFerari
    There’s no such thing as a ‘bad interviewer’.
    Apr 3 5
    • Pandora ckslxi729
      Why not?
      Apr 3
    • Amazon kfsrivd
      Just like there is no such thing as a 'bad manager' because they are always right. Their decision is final decision.
      Apr 3
    • VMware ©®∆π
      This is just ridiculous. Of course there are bad interviewers, as there are bad managers.
      Apr 3
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      Too much potassium from 🍌?
      Apr 3
    • Cisco MonkFerari
      Well you can whine all you want but an interviewer decides your fate. So better take them in your stride.
      Apr 3
  • Apple / Eng gtUh6$
    Sounds more like he used a technical question to test a behavioral aspect of yours. Depending on how much you accommodated his hint and comments, you did well or not. Good luck.
    Apr 3 1
    • Expedia hdhdjdh
      This seems too generous an interpretation of the interviewer's intent. Hanlon's razor.
      Apr 3
  • Facebook cochococho
    I got the same guy at Google. I wonder if he switched or assholes just exist everywhere
    Apr 3 0
  • Interviewer was watching with laptop . Totally not interested from 1st min (not uber)
    Apr 3 2
    • Wipro
      JohnnyCa$h

      Wipro

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      JohnnyCa$hmore
      This happened in Amazon interviews and question was binary tree finding the sub tree with max min weights.🤨
      Apr 3
    • Good .. better you can ask person to complete work :)
      Apr 3
  • Cisco bitset
    There are very few ‘good ‘ interviewers to be honest
    Apr 3 2
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      True, but most are mediocre. OP might have come across a particularly inexperienced one.
      Apr 3
    • Cisco bitset
      Lots of luck is involved in this process 😊. I had very bad experience with ‘shadow ‘ interviewer. If I solve main interviewer ‘s question shadow interviewer purposely raises bar when his task is to just understand process and take notes. They want to convince you that they can make problems way more complex and you cannot meet the bars
      Apr 3
  • Oracle HoundBask
    Another way to look at it: do you think out loud before writing your solution? Have you reached agreement before code writing?
    Apr 3 0
  • Juniper / Eng bluerize
    Uber was hands down the worst company I interviewed for.
    Apr 3 1
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      To be fair, Uber is one of the best for me
      Apr 4
  • Amazon 63784747
    Had similar experience in phone screening. I was not being able to think at all because of frequent interruptions. Also, I asked a clarifying question but he gave wrong response. So, his hints were not making sense. After about 25-30 minutes it was clear that his answer to my assumption was wrong!
    Apr 3 1
  • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
    How long ago did this happen?
    Apr 4 0
  • Salesforce Z00FORCE
    You just got unlucky with a bad interviewer. It happens. This process is not only how much time you put into your studies or knowing but it involves luck too.
    Apr 3 0
  • New / Eng 4everalone
    Don't get into conclusion before you see the results, sometimes these interviewers would just give you a hire / strong hire since they literally got no signal from the interview section.
    Apr 3 0
  • Oracle HoundBask
    As interviewer i stepped in to give a hint when the candidate kept on being silent for > 10 minutes. Sometimes interviewer does not care much giving first hint, the point is how flexible the candidate receive and share thoughts based on the hint.

    Why this is important? We used to have a coworker who can only think linearly (his solution) and slow to adapt to other idea. Often times he became passive aggressive or slowing everyone down - because we have to explain slowly in detail
    Apr 3 0
  • Wipro
    JohnnyCa$h

    Wipro

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    JohnnyCa$hmore
    Newbee interviewers 👦🏻
    Apr 3 0