Over at The Outline, Adrianne Jeffries has written a piece about the all-too-common banality of the interview process for software developers and engineers. You know the drill: invoke bubble sort from memory, balance this binary tree, etc. You know, all of that stuff from college that you did once and never repeated in your career.
Well, as it turns out, there appears to be a growing movement of developers on Twitter addressing and ridiculing that very subject (including notables like David Heinemeier Hansson). I’ve heard a few humorous stories from friends who have undergone that very process with Google and Amazon (though with no serious intentions of working for them); the most amusing anecdotes come from those who have challenged the interview process, getting only confusion and irritation from the interviewer in response.
In any case, after holding the same viewpoint for years, it’s good to know about the multitudes who are on the same page. Hopefully, all this press will create a different mindset, ushering in a new era for the interview process…
But I wouldn’t bet on it.