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This is similar to:

If you provided an incorrect answer to a technical question on an interview, should you respond with a corrected answer?

but in this case, the solution I gave was one that the interviewer heavily hinted towards. Is it still a good idea to send an email to the interviewers?

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If I understand your question correctly, you are saying that the interviewer was pushing you towards a certain answer which you gave, but afterward, you believe that the answer was incorrect?

Either the interviewer was deliberately pushing you to a wrong answer, in which case you fell for the subterfuge and it's too late, so there's nothing you can do, or the interviewer felt you gave the right answer, in which case there's nothing you should do.

Putting all that together, I would just suggest you let everything alone and see what happens. While you could contact the interviewer if you truly believe that the hinted answer was incorrect, it probably wouldn't change much at this point.

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  • added that generally interviewers don't push you toward the wrong answer, because why would they? – bharal Oct 21 '18 at 7:18
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    @bharal to see if you can think for yourself and are willing to go stand those in authority when they're just plain wrong? – Erik Oct 21 '18 at 8:44
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    @bharal Generally is the key. I have had it happen, and it was done on purpose. Fortunately I did not have to work with that person. – Rui F Ribeiro Oct 21 '18 at 10:03
  • It wasn't immediately obvious at the time of the interview that the answer was wrong so if they were misleading me I don't think it was to see if I would reject an answer that was clearly wrong.I felt like the interviewers at this company were free to come up with their own questions and it felt like the interviewer was very proud of his solution which if it worked would've been very clever. – ZhaiNan Oct 21 '18 at 21:58
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    @ZhaiNan If the interviewer was proud of his solution and you gave it, then just let it go. If you get the job, you can discuss with him why it was clever but wouldn't have worked :) – Jane S Oct 22 '18 at 1:09

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