Are software engineering interviews stupid?

Feb 1, 2019 74 Comments

Going to have a coding interview with LinkedIn next week.

Here’s some notes from their email:
“*Our interviews are not congruent to what engineers are doing on a day-to-day basis, so preparing for our interviews is highly encouraged!”

“Major components of our assessment involve:
1. Applying algorithm, data structures and Computer Science fundamentals
2. Explanation and implementation of the solution in code without any of the aids engineers typically have access to (e.g. IDE, online docs).”

Is that a right statement that “we’re going to ask you the shit your not going to use”

What’s the point then? Since every single engineer google the shit on the internet most of the time.

TC 200


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TOP 74 Comments
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    The army starts by checking if you can do push ups and chin ups.
    Feb 1, 2019 7
    • Epic analogy..
      Feb 11, 2019
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      Actually, they do not. You have to be within a certain BMI and healthy, but there is no enforced pre-enlistment PT test. You are trained on physical fitness during basic training.
      Apr 18, 2019
  • Google Parry Page
    Google has the smartest people I've ever worked with.

    I guess they're doing the hiring part right and other companies agree, hence they copy.
    Feb 1, 2019 32
    • LinkedIn YVmc82
      This has been the best dick swinging contest I’ve read on blind in a while
      Feb 1, 2019
    • Tableau Ydobon
      Amusing, perhaps, but not the best. There is only one dick swinger on the thread and, sadly, his dick is pretty tiny. Hence, the overcompensation.
      Feb 2, 2019
  • MobileIron loom
    Why use GRE scores for admissions. That’s not what you day to day. Why study college for years and years. That’s not what you do day to day. You do only a tiny part day to day
    Feb 1, 2019 2
    • Salesforce XiVW21
      This should be a startup
      Feb 1, 2019
    • Facebook Solais
      That would be a huge improvement over the current system. Leetcode and all that crap is fresh in my mind now, but I'm pretty damn sure it won't be after a few years of devoting my time to actual software engineering work.
      Feb 1, 2019
  • LinkedIn huehuehue
    We don't want people from shitty Tesla anyway
    Feb 1, 2019 4
    • Tesla ffokcuf
      I’m not. LinkedIn approached me.
      Feb 1, 2019
    • LinkedIn h5a37T
      Jerks like this are a minority here luckily
      Feb 1, 2019
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    • AnchorFree / QA

      AnchorFree QA

      Domino's Pizza
      They don’t know what this is. But they can implement basic TCP/IP stack (and thats their job they are paid for). Can you implement a simple stack? Or you are not a good engineer?
      Feb 1, 2019
    • Microsoft Desitechie
      Don't know what DP is! How did they pass algo class. Let's forget non CS background folks for a minute
      Feb 1, 2019
  • Square / Eng SQ
    Man OP sounds salty AF
    Feb 1, 2019 1
    • Intel UGeJ58
      You're only salty if you're losing
      Feb 1, 2019
  • So many people don't understand the point of leetcode. It's not to test your knowledge, but a way to filter people. Most people who apply to Google could do the job no problem. Most engineers won't even be working on cutting edge stuff.

    It's like trying to get into harvard. The top like 20% could succeed there but they can only take like 5%.
    Feb 1, 2019 0
  • Snapchat pqhgjvszks
    It would be incorrect to ask questions about what you use at work. It introduces bias towards senior engineers and for accurate results you need to cover many areas. Algo/DS may not be what you use day to day but it has high correlation with being a good engineer.
    Feb 1, 2019 3
    • Intel UGeJ58
      ^^I agree. In my interviews, I look for evidence that they have learned from something in the past, especially if it wasn't knowledge forced on them
      Feb 1, 2019
    • EPAM Systems java10user
      What is bad about bias towards Sr. Engineers? Companies are interested to get more senior people
      Feb 1, 2019
  • LinkedIn meiam
    System works. Very well. And they are being upfront about what they evaluate.

    You can't Google everything to do your work. Many a times you create content others end up searching for (Google or internal wikis) and that's attractive to companies.
    Feb 1, 2019 1
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Yup, Kafka be a prime example
      Feb 1, 2019
  • The systems I biased towards attracting grunts, fuck em
    Feb 1, 2019 1
    • Pinterest poppler
      This is the correct answer
      Feb 1, 2019


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