I'm in a hiring process where I have 8 hours to build a project.
The project is split in two parts of 4 hours. I have finished the first part last week, and I will meet with my technical interviewer tomorrow to review it and see if I will be moving on to the second part or not.
However, since I had a lot of free time, I've branched the first phase of the project and worked on it a couple days on a local environment. This means I have a high quality project to deliver for phase two, but I have spent a lot more than 4 hours on it.
It is important for them that I spend the time correctly, so they can see how fast I can write code.
To solve some of the problems of the project I had to research for some time. I wouldn't be able to solve them in 4 hours, and I don't want to pass an impression of seniority that I don't have.
I'll be meeting with my interviewing manager tomorrow and I don't know if I should mention any of it, what do you think?