re: Terrible interview question: Swap variables without a temporary VIEW POST


When interviewing I prefer to have a couple of basic tasks around the technologies used within the business. This is usually a web framework and a database. For each of these I would then produce a mini challenge like wiring up an MVC controller or selecting data from the database. I also permit the use of the internet and am happy to work together.

This usually demonstrates whether the person has a baseline understanding of the technologies in their CV. It also allows them to demonstrate they know how to use Google or collaborate.

You then get three levels of result. People that struggle to do the basics they are claiming on their CV, people that sail through and complete the tasks and people that show boat. The show boaters actually tend to self sabotage.

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