Can interviewers solve their own problems?

Northrop Grumman / Eng ifuckedup
Sep 20 29 Comments

I wonder during the 5 round on-sites, can all 5 interviewers solve all 5 questions that were given to the candidates? Assuming they haven't seen the question before.

I find some of these questions given unforgiving, that you have to have seen them before you can even attempt it. And I sometimes wonder if the interviewers themselves would even be able to solve them.

It's like that one story where the HC at Google declined 5 candidates and found out those candidates were their results a few years ago.

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Dropbox / Eng dr0n3
    Nope. I usually can't solve a shit. I hate fucking puzzles and I felt guilty asking them. Now I'm asking only design questions and feel better because there is way more room for candidate to shine there.
    Sep 20 4
    • Roku cruella
      U r a star dbx. U can shine in any room.
      Sep 20
    • American Express gandalf$$
      Keep shining your bright light through the darkest of interviews tunnels. Ps I am looking for a Dropbox referral.
      Sep 20
    • New
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      New

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      Bank of America
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      Yoe: 🦏 TC: 🐐 Still not serious about life ...
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      This honest comment deserves more likes. Please do the needful.
      Sep 20
    • TripAdvisor hodlbtc
      We need more people like DropBox
      Honest and humble
      Sep 21
  • Amazon pSAM35
    I ask a DP hard problem that I can’t even solve, and no one ever solved it after 100+ interviews. I am more interested in the thought process.
    Sep 20 5
    • American Express gandalf$$
      You’re missing out on more signals you could be getting from other questions though. With dp either they get it or they don’t.
      Sep 20
    • New / Eng ronney
      What's the problem?
      Sep 20
    • Bloomberg Enig16
      Lol I can’t tell if you’re joking or not amazon. Of all things to analyze the thought process, you go for a dp question. This is why this whole interview process is fked.
      Sep 20
    • Amazon t7gyTH
      Lol I see why all teams at Amazon resource crunched now
      Sep 20
    • American Express gandalf$$
      I was asked a useless dp at Amazon, but it was a medium. There is no point in companies using their own engineers to interview anymore, when it’s just leetcode. They can outsource the technical portion to a company like karat and then bring the candidate on site for behavioral questions and to let him ask him questions.
      Sep 20
  • Priceline / IT top_phodu
    This is the reason I believe interviewing is a game where luck is the most important factor...
    Sep 20 0
  • Citadel Securities / Eng bluetiger
    Generally yes, that’s how they got the job to begin with
    Sep 20 0
  • Instructure OUtj13
    Sort of. When you do you a lot of interviews you notice some interviewers that get completely lost if your answer isnt exactly like “their way”.

    Personally, as an interviewer, I like to ask an “easy” problem and then iterate on it to see how someone handles changing features, refactoring, design, and planning.

    Solving complex algorithms isn’t always good test of competency for most day to day programming jobs, imo.
    Sep 20 0
  • American Express gandalf$$
    Imagine the hours wasted on leetcoding that could have been spent learning useful things that would benefit companies such as Kubernetes.
    Sep 20 0
  • Airbnb wise taco
    Most people would fail interviews for their own jobs without preparation. At this point your only recourse is prepare.
    Sep 20 0
  • Google / Eng d3j88wq
    I wouldn't ask a question I wasn't able to solve on my own. It just wouldn't feel right.
    Sep 20 1
    • Roku cruella
      But if u felt left, you would?
      Sep 20
  • Akamai Technologies fLod41
    Yes they do have answer in mind. But if you give a super brilliant solution they might don't understand ur solution.
    Sep 20 0
  • We are told that’s a requirement when picking questions. How can you evaluate someone, answer their questions give them leading hints, or really understand if they “did it right” if you can’t do it yourself?
    Sep 20 4
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng ifuckedup
      OP
      You maybe able to solve it but can the other 4 interviewers do it too?
      Sep 21
    • Doesn’t matter. I’m looking for information about the candidate and about other candidates that I ask the same question too.

      I’m not looking for signals about random other coworkers.
      Sep 21
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng ifuckedup
      OP
      Not really the point. I believe there are questions in the pool that some interviewers don't know how to solve. But they are asked anyway. What you have is power creep. Some questions become ridiculously hard.
      Sep 21
    • Then comment on those questions and downvote they.
      Sep 21
  • Roku cruella
    Can you tie your shoe laces?
    Sep 20 2
    • Bloomberg G👀GLE
      What if they have zipper boots or stretchers?
      Sep 20
    • Roku cruella
      Then get adulting shoes with laces.
      C'mon bbg
      Sep 20
  • New
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    New

    PRE
    Bank of America
    BIO
    Yoe: 🦏 TC: 🐐 Still not serious about life ...
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    Can they use the same principles that they are asking for in the interview on their day job?
    Sep 20 0
  • Clarifai Iamnothere
    Yes they can
    Sep 20 0