I couldn’t agree more!
Allow me just a little self-congratulation. Two years ago I wrote “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about my contempt for the standard industry interview procedure for software engineers, condemning Microsoft and Google in particular for their brain-teasingriddles and binary search questions. And lo and behold, this week Google’s head of HR admitted: “Brainteasers are a complete waste of time.”
But wait. Let’s just unpack that interview a little further:
GPA’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless … Your ability to perform at Google is completely unrelated to how you performed when you were in school, because the skills you required in college are very different … Academic environments are artificial environments. People who succeed there are sort of finely trained, they’re conditioned to succeed in that environment
You know what else is an artificial environment that doesn’t translate at…
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