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C0D45913139dIt's pretty common, time wasting and not actually hiring, just to make it look like they are in desperate need of filling a role.
What's surprising is, they went the full 9 yards with the interview process.
sladuled726339dIf the coding challenge was actually related to their field + you mentiond that you pair coded, they might just be exploiting devs who apply to get the minor jobs done for free..
Happened here with some companies..
One company even tried to persuade me to share codebase of my previous project which was clearly not an open source & so it would mean an NDA breach.. I mean, WTF?!
wiwe221058339dThere plenty of companies who have job listings for jobs openings they don't have. You will eventually learn to recognise the signs.
I once applied for an internship and the guy said my background doesn't match the Internship opening while they literally asked for someone that was studying what I was studying. Did some digging and it turned out they were just stacking resumes for when someone on their team quits and are not actually growing their company. 90% of their job opportunities were bullshit.
Glassdoor review them. Warn others.
AtuM45439dWhen they need you, you will know it.
Inxentas53439dBecause of this shit I'm not that fond of these "challenges" but I understand their value for employers. That to me is the toughest decision: to actually commit to proving myself again and again in front of the very people I depend on to eat.
AtuM makes a good point. If they really need a dev, they will settle for a guy that knows his own tech stack well and shows interest in theirs.
Nanos962339dI guess you tell them you will do a 10 minute interview, and then leave, if they can't tell you if you have the job or not, before the 10 minutes is up, then you aren't going to waste your time with them.
That might get them to focus on the most important things they want to know..
Myself, I've noticed you can do well jumping through hops, and then the job is given to someone else who knows someone in the company as a personal friend..
Sometimes even before your interview takes place !
I found out once, still did the interview.
Maybe I should have told them it was pointless doing it since I heard from a 'spy' that I hadn't got the job anyhow !
Oktokolo92139dYou tried entering a dinosaur.
Search for companies wich aren't big enough to support a bullshit HR team wich does not actually do anything, but just wastes shit tons of resources (even real dev time of that pair programmer) interviewing and testing people that they never intended on hiring in the first place.
It is companies like that wich have entire floors of cubicles writing code wich never ever gets used by anyone.