Bad interviewer

Apr 3, 2019 29 Comments

I had an onsite interview with Uber. One guy asked me a question before I finish thinking he gives a hint I didn't want. When I am writing code, he stops my flow to improve it. He points issues before I get a chance to test my code. At the end of the interview he asks if I liked his question.

What did he hope to learn from this interview if he doesn't let me solve it on my own ?

It sounded more like he wanted to test out a new question on me.

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Microsoft / Product cruisin
    Sounds like a new interviewer?
    Apr 3, 2019 3
    • Oracle pzd
      Agreed. Sounds like the interviewer himself was a bit anxious.
      Apr 3, 2019
    • Microsoft vzkagal
      OP
      He was quite young. Surely they Shadow and get training before doing interviews ?
      Apr 3, 2019
    • Microsoft / Product cruisin
      Clearly not
      Apr 3, 2019
  • There’s no such thing as a ‘bad interviewer’.
    Apr 3, 2019 5
    • Pandora ckslxi729
      Why not?
      Apr 3, 2019
    • Amazon kfsrivd
      Just like there is no such thing as a 'bad manager' because they are always right. Their decision is final decision.
      Apr 3, 2019
    • VMware ©®∆π
      This is just ridiculous. Of course there are bad interviewers, as there are bad managers.
      Apr 3, 2019
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      Too much potassium from 🍌?
      Apr 3, 2019
    • Well you can whine all you want but an interviewer decides your fate. So better take them in your stride.
      Apr 3, 2019
  • Apple / Eng gtUh6$
    Sounds more like he used a technical question to test a behavioral aspect of yours. Depending on how much you accommodated his hint and comments, you did well or not. Good luck.
    Apr 3, 2019 1
    • Expedia hdhdjdh
      This seems too generous an interpretation of the interviewer's intent. Hanlon's razor.
      Apr 3, 2019
  • Facebook cochococho
    I got the same guy at Google. I wonder if he switched or assholes just exist everywhere
    Apr 3, 2019 0
  • Interviewer was watching with laptop . Totally not interested from 1st min (not uber)
    Apr 3, 2019 2
    • Wipro
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      JohnnyCa$hmore
      This happened in Amazon interviews and question was binary tree finding the sub tree with max min weights.🤨
      Apr 3, 2019
    • Good .. better you can ask person to complete work :)
      Apr 3, 2019
  • Cisco bitset
    There are very few ‘good ‘ interviewers to be honest
    Apr 3, 2019 2
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      True, but most are mediocre. OP might have come across a particularly inexperienced one.
      Apr 3, 2019
    • Cisco bitset
      Lots of luck is involved in this process 😊. I had very bad experience with ‘shadow ‘ interviewer. If I solve main interviewer ‘s question shadow interviewer purposely raises bar when his task is to just understand process and take notes. They want to convince you that they can make problems way more complex and you cannot meet the bars
      Apr 3, 2019
  • Oracle HoundBask
    Another way to look at it: do you think out loud before writing your solution? Have you reached agreement before code writing?
    Apr 3, 2019 0
  • Juniper / Eng bluerize
    Uber was hands down the worst company I interviewed for.
    Apr 3, 2019 1
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      To be fair, Uber is one of the best for me
      Apr 4, 2019
  • Amazon 63784747
    Had similar experience in phone screening. I was not being able to think at all because of frequent interruptions. Also, I asked a clarifying question but he gave wrong response. So, his hints were not making sense. After about 25-30 minutes it was clear that his answer to my assumption was wrong!
    Apr 3, 2019 1
  • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
    How long ago did this happen?
    Apr 4, 2019 0

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