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Stop the Memory Questions


No one knows everything about anything and if you work hard enough, you can figure out what they don’t know.

For this reason, programming tests in Interviews are a lost cause because what they focus on is the application of memory and not methodical approach to solving something you don’t know.

When someone doesn’t know the answer, I want to know what they are going to do to look it up;

  1. Google it.
  2. Podcast it.
  3. StackOverflow it.
  4. MSDN it.
  5. Slack it.
  6. Reach out a peer.
  7. Call a friend.

All of these pieces are methods to solving problems that are constantly being refined.

Just the other day I was using a collection I had been using for years and was looking up how best to implement and instantiate with a base set of items as a static variable (having never done it). If this was a test, it would have been a fail for me, but I figured it out and made the code sing.

Unless your developers are in a room with no windows and internet, stop testing their memory and start testing their application to problem solving.

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