The companies nowadays use HackerRank/LeetCode style questions as a major part of their interviewing process (whether is's good or bad is for another discussion). Let's call it a day.
I am not an algo-expert and I am not interested to become one just for sake of cracking these interviews. Don't get me wrong: I am interested in problem-solving, but with a preference to real use-cases and interesting (configure Kafka consumers/producers, design REST/DB, logging, unit-tests...)
I eventually became interested in getting some certifications with a hope I can skip these (in case the interview process is flexible - luckily, the most of I have went through were).
I am a holder of some Oracle certifications, so I realized, there are basically two types of certifications (in both cases one has to pass an exam to get the certification):
- Paid (Oracle, Pivotal, Microsoft, ISTQB...)
- Free (Hackerrank)
I try my best to keep both my CV and LinkedIn profile up to date and I include the Oracle certifications.
Q: How relevant are the free-to-get certifications, like HackerRank, for the interviewing process and can it help me to skip these annoying HackerRank/LeetCode style questions or replace with more relevant to the job (desing the API, debug/fix/improve something...)?
- My hope is these can help me to lead to a more focused interviewing process (again, if flexible).
- My fear is that these are really easy and free to get. I find no reason to do, but one can also copy-paste the solution from Google, so what is the point of these certifications at all?. They might look rather shameful on my CV/LinkedIn as long as the one who hires can also realize that (this becomes more valid with a higher number of these certifications).
I have skimmed through Is it beneficial to show online certificates on a CV? but it doesn't answer my question as long as it not tied with the interviewing process itself and the style of questions usually asked.