gregbo (gregbo) wrote,

tech interview observations

I guess I don't see the point of asking questions like "how many gas stations are in <city>" and other "out-of-the-box" type questions such as are found in How Would You Move Mount Fuji. I've been debating this with a couple of people in comp.programming and have pretty much come to the conclusion that these questions aren't any better than asking design related questions about the technology the candidate will be working on if hired. These aren't questions that require memorization of the answers; they involve understanding the principles of the technology and how they might be adapted for other situations.
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