This is an hypothetical question.
In order to gain some practical technical experience, I have started off building a software from scratch whose excellent open source option already exists.
I have examined the features of that open source software and I plan to incorporate them in my software to gain practical experience of programming. I have no plans of peeking into the source code of the already available software.
But, now when I think of putting my work in my resume, I guess the interviewer might think that I have copied the open source project and am just claiming to be knowledgeable about the same for the heck of it!
- How should I deal if they hint anything of that sort?
- Is there a way to prevent any interviewer from thinking that I might have cheated?
Am I supposed to initiate the talks or do I have to wait for their reaction first?
What if they say, if your software is not *better than the already existing one then why should one even look at it?