I came across this interview question site and it drove me to fits. Anyone who would use this site, it’s questions, develop or use interview questions like it is just stupid and lazy. The site represents 4 years of college and two years of ACM competitions. At the time they were fun but they are meaningless in the context of the work I have performed over 35 years.
In my professional programming career I’ve only had to implement or model against a standard deviation once. And never once had I specifically answered an interview question that was remotely related to any higher level math. Let’s face it… these questions are all derivatives from university studies and while that was 25 years ago I wouldn’t remember any of these the day after graduation.
The frustration is that while I was in college we bumped chests and high-fived with the idea that university was teaching us to research and think critically. The specifics of maths, physical sciences or humanities were actually unimportant.
And now that we are on the outside looking for work it has changed from that to can you fit the packages on a truck. Of course it’s important to FedEx and UPS but if you are building an email client or text editor where is the parity? Looking at that site I have no particular favorites or raspberries … I know I hate them all.
When I interview a candidate I’m looking for just a few things: