In technical interview, how much time should be spent motivating your solution before/after implementation?

PyLadies iQea15
Oct 28, 2018 5 Comments

How much time should be spent deriving/justifying your solution and comparing it to alternatives? Should that be done before or after you implement it?

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  • Facebook / Eng
    dexa

    Facebook Eng

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    Amazon, Microsoft
    dexamore
    you’re way overthinking this. alternatively: talk faster
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Uber infn85
    Long enough that you’re confident that you’re coding an appropriate solution; short enough that you have time to write the code.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Apple Snap420
    Save time on explaining inferior solutions - just think of the optimal one and hammer dat shit out
    Oct 28, 2018 1
    • PyLadies iQea15
      OP
      I agree. But I have to derive the optimal one in a structured way as opposed to a haphazard way that makes it seem like I only memorized the solution.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Cisco Avr1UsK
    Always discuss tradeoffs. There is no one size fits all optimum solution.
    Oct 28, 2018 0