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Mark McWiggins18:12:06

Another idea for coding tests: they can certainly produce "false negatives" if set up in a way that doesn't match work. For example, "do these three problems in 2.5 hours and don't use any external resources" ... like no Google or Stackoverflow, etc. What kind of job has this setup? My suggestion for anybody faced with this kind of test: use a different computer or your phone to web surf if you need to; believe it or not, I've faced one where they explicitly said they were going to watch what I did on the browser I was using.


@mark549 For me that would be a massive red flag about how the company treats employees and I would refuse and I would terminate the interview. Frankly this sort of awful interview behavior by companies won't stop until we as candidates dig our collective heels in and say "Enough!" 😠

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I took a "screening test" once for some staffing agency and they had you do hacker-rank stuff on their site


if you copy pasted anything on the page it would give you a big warning saying "do that again and we fail you!"

Mark McWiggins20:12:44

I had been out of work for 3+ months at that point and wasn't in a position to refuse ... in any event job-hunting for me has always been a "large numbers" thing. Get resumes out to jobs that look interesting and also have a resume on job boards that blasts out your profile to a bunch of recruiters ... I wrote up my complete system on a Medium post a while back:

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I don't quite understand the 'large numbers' analogy, or rather, I fear I understand it and want to scream because of it.

Mark McWiggins16:11:50

I think the situation may have improved because of the "great resignation" ... even though I hadn't updated my resumes online until a few days ago I had still been getting 25-30 recruiter emails every day ...


The thing is, since Jan, I actually had to switch jobs, it took me 5 weeks since the day it was decided until the contract was signed, so I wasn't very happy with the speed, but interviewed with only half a dozen companies and maybe talked to 3 times as many recruiters. Needless to say, it was not a clojure job, but if someone is picky, they can't complain that it takes long or it's difficult.