Re: [Upside] Lessons in survival

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From: Joachim Feise (
Date: Mon Jun 12 2000 - 16:15:28 PDT

Karl Anderson wrote:
> I'm leery of an interview that doesn't give me a puzzle or tech
> problem to solve, or at least ask me about my opinions on tech
> issues. The thing about logic puzzles, or programming questions that
> are more puzzles than real problems, is that it's not the answer that
> matters, it's getting to the answer.

Exactly. It is the problem solving process that is checked out here, not
your knowledge of some algorithm.
Knowing when you're stumped, and having no problems asking for help
if you're stumped are important things. A clueful manager does not want
you to spend a day figuring out some problem that could be solved in
minutes just by asking the guy in the next office or cubicle.
My experience, anyway.


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