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MOCKED for starting interview in C#

Vertivco / Eng
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My recruiter for this large company wouldn't tell me until the morning of the interview (had asked two weeks ago). He told me that they said any language would be fine. When it came time to start writing the code on the board in the first coding session, I started writing the code in C# and told them what it was. But in the middle of me describing my tree traversal code, they said "you know this position uses Java, right?" And I said yes, and informed them that others told me that it's the algorithmic core that is focused on and that they said any language used on the board is great. Then they told me I needed to write it in Java. Then I turned to change some of the code. As I'm explaining, I turn around, and they're looking at each other, laughing silently. Then we covered two more problems.

After the interview, I go get some water. They're ahead of me, and I hear them mentioning C# and one of them rubbing their hand over their head and the other one laughing.

I wish I was Eurasian so that I wouldn't have to deal with this malcontent and extreme pain like this. Why on Earth do we have it so unbearably difficult? Why on Earth am I being manipulated for things I can't change?

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  • Airbnb nbbhcc
    Sounds like a shitty company
    Jan 100
  • Apple kJgFebNj
    Those engineers were dicks
    Jan 100
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    If it’s a true story, then I feel for you man. It’s unfair. But if it’s made up like you are known in these forums for, then I guess nice try.
    Jan 101
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      It is very unfair. The problem is, there's no freaking way to fix it. The people who say that they're fixing it, they all disappear or are somehow not around.

      Why me. Why oh why me?
      Jan 10
  • MathWorks rew
    If that happens again walk out. They are not worth your time.
    Jan 101
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      Duly noted. ✔️
      Jan 10
  • Aurora bystander!
    👆🏾 love this dude.
    Still harping on “Eurasian” thing.

    Btw .. TLDR. Time it took you to write this post, you could have learnt Java.
    Jan 100
  • Nvidia dushank
    If you knew the job would use Java, and you knew how to code in Java, why use some other language for the interview?

    Forget what the recruiter told you. Common sense would be to code in Java.

    The interviewers do sound like jerks, but you should have never put yourself in the situation to begin with.
    Jan 103
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      The hiring manager told me that they use both.
      Jan 10
    • Microsoft Zxcasd
      Incorrect. Any languages should be fine so the candidate can choose the most comfortable one.

      What dushank said is one of the common biggest mistake candidates often make.
      Jan 11
    • LinkedIn oCKT78
      +1 difference between Java and c# is frankly Java is shit syntax. Only possible complication in a top tier interview is the rare clarification of what a syntax is doing and that really is a plus if you can explain it well.
      Jan 12
  • Amazon OTdS88
    You should have reminded them that java is the inbred step cousin of c#
    Jan 100
  • Amazon / Engr0qqTk
    So eurasians get to write c# is what you're suggesting?
    Jan 100
  • New / Engphokingr8
    Get revenge:
    buy the company with funding from non eurasian sovereign fund, change their tech stack to c#, have those 2 write Wpf apps.
    Jan 101
    • LinkedIn oCKT78
      WPF, now let's not get draconian. Have some mercy.
      Jan 12
  • Microsoft hhfdho
    Such jerks! What company is this ?
    You should have just walked out after that experience.
    Jan 100
  • Google / Data
    jamal

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    The world is against you for not being Eurasian
    Jan 100
  • Microsoft / EnglKlc85
    Where did the eurasian thing come in from?
    Jan 101
    • Aurora bystander!
      Fucker believes he fails every tech interview cause he is discriminated against. Some non-Eurasian thing he has been peddling.
      Jan 10
  • LinkedIn
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    You deserve better. A good interviewer would not judge someone this way. I’d recommend knowing the basics of Java though especially since it’s similar to C# in so many ways.
    Jan 120
  • Sirius XM HfIbQ65
    You should move to Oceania. They have always been at war with Eurasia.
    Jan 110
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    I had a similar experience where I wrote the correct solution in C++ but the interviewer asked me to write it again in Java, which I did. It was a small company that I couldn't care less about but still was weird. These days when being on the other side of interviews, I do feel that there are times when I struggle a little to understand the candidate's solution written in a language that I'm not super familiar with (e.g. crazy callback chains in JavaScript). Anyways, in OP's case the interviewers are clearly the jerks.
    Jan 100
  • Intel Intelegacy
    This usually happens in Interviews. Managers seems to be ok with other programming language experience but Engineers under would be perplexed in the interview process. In your case both C# and java more or less Same in basic syntax probably their collection s library might differ.
    Jan 100
  • Microsoft pJcW86
    Tell them they should work on their communication skills and they should tell THEIR recruiter they are not infact accepting any language and the interview will be in Java and then walk out.

    Idiots if they worry more about the language vs. what you actually wrote to solve the problem.
    Jan 100

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