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peter
peter

In other news, I crashed and burned in a technical phone interview on Thursday. It turns out that having over 10 years of experience isn’t enough if you don’t know the fundamentals of computer science/software development (which I would have gained had I stayed in University).

I can clearly code and produce solutions to client’s/employer’s problems quickly, but it’s a whole different ball game when the hiring company’s core product is software.

As a result of this failed interview I had a pretty low Friday with a few rough moments, but distracted myself with some more TalentHunch coding. #laterlog

12 February laterlog

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josh
josh

What sort of fundamentals are we talking? “How do you implement a linked list?” Those sort of questions are so impractical. Not something you’d ever need to do the job well.

13 February

peter
peter

An example was: Describe what OOP is, and its advantages.

A lot the problem is that because I’m self-taught I’m used to writing procedural scripts quickly, but haven’t had the need to write in a OOP manner. My clients/previous employers were happy that I got the job done quickly and didn’t really care how I did it. I also may have been using the right methods, but don’t know the right words to describe them.

It’s quite obvious now that I can’t be taken seriously as software developer unless I can follow the established standards/principals.

I did try reading up a bit after Thursday’s interview, and although I understood what I was reading, it was really boring. Maybe coding isn’t for me…

13 February

belle
belle

I feel like that a lot! Being self-taught has definitely put me at a disadvantage in terms of knowing the right terminology for stuff and understanding the fundamentals behind what I actually know how to implement. But I’m also a lot less inclined to learn about programming as much as @josh, for whom it comes more naturally. I was really worried when I considered doing technical interviews for junior jobs last year. Good on you for doing one! Sorry it got you down.

13 February