Worst Engineer You’ve Ever Interviewed

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lostlexa

NewEng

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I’m here to make your life easier.
lostlexamore
May 10 36 Comments

Of all the engineers you’ve ever interviewed, which one was by far the worst/most unpleasant?

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  • Tesla AnlD52
    I interviewed a new grad the other day, I asked alien dictionary, couldnt solve it. So I moved on to regular expression matching. couldnt solve it. So I asked my last one which was a complex DP question, still couldnt solve it. I was amazed....
    May 104
    • You should have asked easy questions like, is P = NP?
      May 10
    • Autolist eFks14
      You should probably just start with fizzbuzz and going up from there
      May 10
    • Bloomberg EVALSlayer
      Your sarcasm is lost on everyone.
      May 10
    • Tesla AnlD52
      Thank you @evalSlayer glad someone understands 😂😂
      May 10
  • Amazon mzyQ25
    Mastrubatory thread for jerks to feel better about themselves at others expense.
    May 101
    • New / Eng
      lostlexa

      NewEng

      BIO
      I’m here to make your life easier.
      lostlexamore
      OP
      I was also thinking arrogant candidates for this as well
      May 10
  • IBM tvB4gd7
    After college I bombed an interview I wasn’t prepared for because I was fresh, didn’t know what to expect, and wasn’t practiced enough to code anything non trivial off the top of my head.

    I turned out to be a decent engineer but I’m probably on someone’s list
    May 100
  • Amazon Am A Bot
    The ones who are confident in their incompetence.
    May 100
  • Cloudera / Productbluecat
    TC please.
    May 104
    • New / Eng
      lostlexa

      NewEng

      BIO
      I’m here to make your life easier.
      lostlexamore
      OP
      112K, 2 yoe:(
      May 10
    • Why ":("?
      May 10
    • New / Eng
      lostlexa

      NewEng

      BIO
      I’m here to make your life easier.
      lostlexamore
      OP
      Why not:( ?
      May 10
    • Was it because of the number? If so, then don't be.
      May 10
  • Capital One NJLM51
    The clowns who can’t do FizzBuzz
    May 101
    • Bloomberg ezJV08
      So basically 70% of them?
      May 10
  • Egencia / Eng
    Bobby32

    EgenciaEng

    BIO
    We all think we overwork but underpaid
    Bobby32more
    Most of the time it is the interviewer themselves are the a—h— arrogant sob.
    May 100
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    • Micro Focus / Engchmod777
      >”low TC bottom tier companies”
      >works at “New”

      😂
      May 10
    • Uber 4x intern
      Woosh
      May 10
  • Johnson Controls / Eng
    NuaD64

    Johnson ControlsEng

    PRE
    Kohl’s, Google
    NuaD64more
    Had someone come and tell us about his Master's Degree in Computer Science he just received. Okay, good to know.

    I asked him what a race condition was. He didn't know. I asked him to describe to me the basics of TCP/IP, which was in the job description. He choked on the question. We got him some water, did a resume overview, and dismissed him. He then sent me an email with his GitHub username - and his password.

    We followed up with a rejection soon afterwards.
    May 104
    • Micro Focus / Engchmod777
      Sounds like a San Jose State graduate
      May 10
    • Johnson Controls / Eng
      NuaD64

      Johnson ControlsEng

      PRE
      Kohl’s, Google
      NuaD64more
      We actually ended up hiring a self taught engineer who dropped out of college. He answered our questions better than anyone else and had the mindset that clicked well with us.
      May 10
    • Micro Focus / Engchmod777
      I was joking. A few of my friends went to SJSU. Some are great, but the rest are weak and I give them a hard time. I did hear a lot of stories about self taught engineers often being much more skilled than ones who went to college. Why do you think that is? And what specifically about the mindset was it that clicked with you guys?
      May 10
    • Johnson Controls / Eng
      NuaD64

      Johnson ControlsEng

      PRE
      Kohl’s, Google
      NuaD64more
      Lol, I have no familiarity with the colleges of California.

      The guy was the type who would go down rabbit holes and learn a crap ton in the end. He had a problem with race conditions, so he learned about using stacks and queues to pipe actions. He learned React and studied how to make modular code that made sense and worked. He learned about networking while building his own remote controlled WiFi robot.

      He was motivated and passionate. And hungry to learn more. Someone who genuinely enjoyed our field.
      May 10
  • Indeed hfifne
    I think his name was Tony? I don't remember tho
    May 103
    • Internet Brands void main
      This. I got the same guy 🤣 shame on you Tony!
      May 10
    • IBM tvB4gd7
      Fuckin Tony, man. He applied here like 3 years in a row
      May 10
    • Tesla AnlD52
      Tony's shouldn't be in software
      May 10
  • Facebook liam
    The ones who claim to be C++ experts
    May 102
    • New / R&DΩ
      Ikr. I once interviewed this dude bjarne stroudel or some shit who claimed to be a c++ expert. He couldn't even answer leetcode easy qs
      May 10
    • Datto, Inc. / R&DKlokov_v2
      C++ dev here, those are my favorites. If someone hasn’t written production level C++ for 7-10 years , they shouldn’t call themselves great at it, let alone expert level.
      May 10
  • Salesforce linusklava
    One time I moved on to the coding portion and the candidate said they weren’t comfortable with coding and refused to do it
    May 101
    • IBM tvB4gd7
      What did he think he was interviewing for?
      May 10
  • Cloudflare / Engmyimouto
    one guy apped and got screened out then apped again with a weird executable (python) cover letter that told a story about him working at the company. In the interview we would ask "how would you do X?" and he would say "well I would ask my colleagues about it and we'd come up with something"
    May 100
  • Salesforce rcno01
    After he tried to solve my exercise by writing a lot of pseudocode non sense to the whiteboard, I asked him to just make a function returning True if the argument of the function equals a specific word in the language he wants. He wasn't able to do it...
    May 100
  • Tableau / Eng
    The Plague

    TableauEng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    The Plaguemore
    The ones who think the interview is too easy for them, and end up sucking big time
    May 100

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