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- We need an android app. Can you do this?
+ Never done that, but I can try.
- Do you even know Java?
+ Not really, but I'll learn fast!
- Any OOP experience?
+ Well...I know CPP.
- Will you give me a prototype tonight?
+ Don't know. How about tomorrow?
+ *makes a prototype in couple of hours, becomes a Java developer*
Just like that.10
Since it doesn't say whether you get the job or not, here's mine:
It was an interview at HP and I was fresh out of uni.
This was going to be my first real interview so apart from preparing the usual stuff, I also wanted to prepare for 'general aesthetics of interview'
Came across an article on 'What not to do in an interview', so I skimmed over it lightly enough to get the idea.
It wasn't anything groundbreaking, just stuff like 'Don't say things like you nailed it, you are perfect and blah blah'
Fast forward the next day, I managed to clear all technical interviews, all other rounds and only had the HR round left to clear.
HR enters the interview room,
HR: How has been your experience with the interview so far?
Me: Good! I think I've nailed it!3
No crazy prep, ever.
I always go in with a 'this is me, these are my skills, that's all you're going to get' mindset.
I of course do some research (about the company, their culture, technologies and stuff like that) but I find it kinda weird to spend a big amount of time on interview prep when there is a chance of rejection. (personal opinion)4
Believe it or not I once interviewed at google a very long time ago. People who know me will know why that’s so impossible to believe. I was out of money and needed a job badly. I studied so insanely hard. I must have solved every “implement this” problem on the internet, I wrote an amortized constant time database and a compiler for three ancient computer programmig languages in preparation. Literally 11 weeks of 20 hours per day studying. I didn’t get the job still. I’m definitely a better engineer now than I was then, but this should still go to show how hit or miss those interviews can be. Don’t despair anyone!! Not worth anyone’s time. Don’t worry though, I got another job and I got offers from google in the future and to this day they contact me trying to get me to jump ship and join them every year, but I stopped responding because now I know what the company actually does -_-10
Was manic, was on prescriptions, never prepared, was late, cussed as hell about modern frontend development, got a CTO job1
'Which football team do you support?'
'Not sure how that is relevant.'
'It is very relevant'15
Craziest prep for an interview?
Way back when I interviewed devs, I prepped a bank of Simpsons and Star Trek trivia questions if the candidate answered one of the softball questions ("What are your hobbies?", etc ) that related to either subject. On rare occasion a candidate claimed to be a big trekkie so I asked..
<Deep Space Nine was in it's 5th season>
Me: "What was the name of Captain Sisko's ship?"
C: "Sisko? Was he from the original series?"
Me: "No, Deep Space Nine"
C: "Is that the new series?"
Me: "Not really, but lets do an original series question. What does the middle initial 'T' stand for in James T Kirk?"
C: "I have no idea. I don't think it stands for anything."
He didn't make the cut.
My boss at the time said I should not document any of those questions/answers just in case we are sued for discrimination.36
For the one I currently have. Spent about 2 weeks looking to get as much of my PHP skillset in the right place since I knew PHP was their main technology as well as JS, C# and VB.NET, we seldom use them tbh, and it is mostly extension or maintenance stuff, so I focused on PHP.
I was not panicking, I rarely ever do, but my body tends to disagree with my state of mind and I can feel myself trembling in certain situations, such as the interview.
The interview was on Monday and my last day of preparation was Sunday (obviously) so what I did was drank a lot of beer and played videogames, I just wanted to take my mind off things. I was, and have always been annoyingly confident in myself and could not understand why I was feeling so nervous internally.
Everything went away when the manager came to greet me, lovely looking gal with an awesome sense of style and a big smile, we clicked instantly and to this day the place is kinda like my second home, as hectic as it is to work in an institution of this size it is really my peace and quiet zone. The entire I.T department is a big family, before the pandemic we would go to bbqs together all the time, would go to a friend's ranch to shoot shit and just chill, parties and gatherings, it really is a nice place to be at and they take the "we are family" very fucking seriously, I fucking love it. The boss lady ain't here no more, but she recommended me for the position and well, here I am.
I severely hope everyone here finds the same kind of place, there are a lot of assholes in this industry and a lot of places that seem very into the idea of making you absolutely miserable with no chance of leveling up, I know because all other jobs previous to this place was the same way for me.
Have faith, keep them chins up, and don't ever fucking let anyone make you think you are something you are not. You glorious beautiful basterds!3
My craziest interview prep was for the role I just started last week. I applied to AWS and forgot about it, a month later I got invited to do a phone interview followed by a 5 hour on-site loop
I had just 4 days to prepare while already working full-time so I basically didn’t do anything after work for those few days other than cramming through over 50 hours of content on ds & algo, linux, networking and scalable system designs.
It helped that I’ve been working as a software engineer for many years so I just needed to review what I already knew1
Prepared for Interviews for 4 years; Got a degree in the way;
Postponed to next year due to COVID-19
Now, I have 1 more year :)2
Craziest prep for interview :
Step 1 : Given sufficient time for the scheduled interview by any company, start by searching "How to prepare for Google interviews". Awe at the information before you and get all pumped up to jump in.
Step 2 : Starting with Algorithms, study each one and try not to mix any of them in confusion. In case you are stuck in whiteboard coding, close your eyes, take deep breath and visualize Don Kunth. If that doesn't help, well you are ruined anyway.
Step 3: Practice coding without internet connection, till you are able to write code while you talk about how the weather is really great today. Libraries and methods should flow like poetry. SO is sin.
Step 4: The X programming language which you added to your resume because you can write Hello World, head over to Wikipedia and read more about it just in case.
Step 5: Read some xkcd comics so you can impress the interviewer with some humor. You can try Dilbert too.
Never did a prep for before interview when I was the candidate... that's until lately, when I was told I need to interview some candidates. I really had no clue on what to ask...2
A whole lot of anxiety and confusion as to what I wanted and liked. A few interviews later this was then calmed down by the realisation that most interviews are the same and that you in time learn what you're supposed to want and like in the industry.
PS. Not really, but I learned what things are desired by employers and what skills are really required in the real world. These things are sometimes hard to grasp for CS students and graduates. It's like when one was in gymnasiet (Swedish highschool, I guess) and would have needed a few lectures in normal grown-up stuff like paying taxes, etc. DS.1
I built their new webshop runninn since 2018 👏 still got rejected tho, I guess all they needed was a framework makeover 🤭1