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Richard Schloss • Edited

If I am ever in a position to hire, I think I'd stick to one line: "show me your work, don't tell me about it". I don't think I'd look at resumes or grades, because I've witnessed many C-average students blossom later in life. If the college grades were over a decade ago, I don't care about that as much as I care about the person's work over the past 2-3 years. I think I'd weigh attitude and ambition more than raw technical skill, because I think it's harder to change someone's behavior than it is to teach them what a certain block of code does.

Still though, I may be interested to see how someone performs on hackerrank tests, but failure on those tests wouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker for me. I'd want to see how the candidate performs under stress, and to see what kinds of questions they ask. (I mean, if I really wanted to stump someone and make someone feel weak, sure, I could do that, but I wouldn't gain anything by wasting time like that)