psychological warfare during interview

Chase / Eng ghosted!
Aug 18, 2018 9 Comments

Do you deliberately give a solution that's suboptimal (though better than brute force) even though you have memorized a more optimal one, to avoid raising expectations in the mind of the interviewer in terms of future questions he may throw at you. Assuming the suboptimal solution is already quite decent and you understood very well.

Example, recover binary search tree, which is leetcode number 99. The "straight forward" solution has space of o(n), while a solution using Morris traversal has o(1) space, same time complexity.


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TOP 9 Comments
  • Morgan Stanley fat&hairy
    You are over thinking this. In the end, they'll compare the best you came up with with what the others came up with
    Aug 18, 2018 0
  • Uber Hcfdgb
    I don’t know why you would sabotage yourself like that. A suboptimal solution might be the difference between an offer or not.
    Aug 18, 2018 0
  • Agilent Technologies / R&D m/z
    Why would you even MEMORIZE a solution? Just use your critical thinking and do the best you can provide. Memorizing a solution gives the employer false promise of their sense of your skills.
    Aug 18, 2018 1
    • Facebook Dr. Dobbs
      Blind is full of people who want SWE jobs but can't write their own code, apparently.
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Box qyCC33
    Sandbagging an interview? πŸ€”
    Aug 18, 2018 0
  • Dollar Shave Club HcknGbsns
    I only come up with shitty answers to interview questions to avoid raising expectations. Probably why I still work here...
    Aug 18, 2018 0
  • Vertivco / Eng Fast Papua
    Since it's warfare, you need to go with dagger in tow.
    Aug 18, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng

    Uber Eng

    Im a cat 🐈! Meowww...
    You should not be memorizing anyway tho...
    Aug 19, 2018 0
  • Vertivco / Eng Fast Papua
    Turns out that critical thinking doesn't cut it in terms of going above the bar.
    Aug 18, 2018 0