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re: Well @Bradley, I do understand that after a certain level of experience you may find it offending solving these questions but that's not the goal. ...

It doesn't matter to me how easy the questions are to answer. To me:

The question is trying to verify that I know how to do trivial and/or esoteric operations off the top of my head, which lets be honest, who has ever had to reverse the words of a sentence? Likewise, who hasn't had to strip bad characters out of a string?

The interviewers care about my rote memorization, which has nothing to do with being a good developer.

The company put someone in charge of interviewing that isn't a developer and they pulled questions off the internet thinking this is what makes a great developer.

The person in charge of hiring is too busy or too lazy to put the time into determining if a long list of candidates are a good fit for their organization, so they use this as a quick way to weed out candidates in round one. Mission successful; if they're not going to put the time into selecting quality candidates then right off the bat I'm not too excited about my prospective coworkers, nor the support I can expect from the organization.

What I'm saying is that a company asking this type of question tells me all I need to know about that company.

About the most I'll do is some sort of take home project and discuss at the interview: at least then I can either use a language or library I haven't used in a long time or learn a new one while I'm doing the project so that I'm not wasting my time.

Exactly! Job interviews are a two-way thing. Or at least they should be.

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