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During a round of recruiting at my last job at a tech startup in London I got to experience first hand just how terrible most applicants are. I interviewed a load of candidates who all claimed 5years + industry experience so I was expecting great things. Unfortunately my incredibly taxing interview question proved too much for them all ... "In any language you like (with no attention paid to getting every last semi-colon in the right place) write a function that reverses a string." By the afternoon adding - "Do not cheat and call your languages' equivalent of str_reverse." No one managed it and I learned why I needed to phone screen people from then on. :(
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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