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I flunked a technical test because some of their expected answers were wrong! Should I let the company know?

A company I completed a technical test for sent me the list of their expected answers and why they thought my answers were wrong. One of them was a SQL query which, if one were to implement it as ...
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Is it common to require a candidate to take an automatically-graded online coding test if they have lots of demonstrable material online?

Short version: I had an experience with a recruiter that I think was not fair, due to how much time was spent responding to emails and calls, and then being presented with a test. Where's the line to ...
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Huge interview test seems like real (free) work for the company

I have applied for a Junior Product Manager position at a mobile gaming company (in Germany). After a standard phone screening, I was sent a test by email to complete in order to go further with the ...
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Is it okay to use open source code to do an interview task?

What is the line between using open source code and writing the code by your own for completing an interview task? Obviously, I don't need to implement a task from scratch but is it okay to use ...
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Given unlimited time to solve a technical challenge at home and allowed to use the Internet, for interview

I'm new to professional software development for a company. I had an interview, and it went well. They emailed me a technical challenge with a few different parts. They said there were no time limits, ...
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Prospective employer may have given me a programming task as a sucker test – is this a thing? [closed]

This is slightly related to the existing question Is there a professional way to refuse a time-consuming programming task given as a test for a job?. Background I have about 85% of a CS degree, 3–4 ...
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Sent technical test that was impossible, but other candidates completed it

I was sent a technical test by a potential employer that was impossible to complete. The test contained invalid code under a "Do not change this code" comment. In addition, the web page had glaring ...
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Not allowed to use google during programming test

I have an online programming test for an entry level analytics consultant role. I have always referred online code or documentation during programming but in the test I am not allowed to do so. Now I ...
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Can a US employer make a hiring decision based on IQ? [closed]

Given a highly complex job profile, could an employer legally filter job candidates based on their IQ or the results of similar intelligence tests?
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Ask employee for self-assessment (for evaluation purposes)

As team leader of 7 people, I'll have to run the evaluation process with each of them. For few of them, the past year was not really a good year (from my point of view) as I had to correct them ...
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Submitted an incomplete online coding test due to browser error

So here is a maybe interesting but awful story that only just happened. I'm applying for a well known game company, not EA big, but most of you will know if I say it. They are interested in my CV ...
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Should I email a prospective employer regarding my written performance in an online test?

Today I took a timed online test for a company I want to work for. It consisted mostly of technical questions, as well as some interview-style written questions (“why do you want to work for us?”, “...
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How to step back from applying to a job if I realize I can't solve the given assignment?

I'm looking for a new job as a software developer and I applied to many job for which the stack necessary involves languages I'm not familiar with, yet I'm confident I can learn in time. For one of ...
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Should on-site hands-on data science interview allow Internet access?

My team is in the process of hiring a data scientist. We are a small team and have very limited prior experience in conducting on-site technical interviews. Our current plan is to provide candidates ...
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Re-submitting incomplete code test after interview

I am currently interviewing for a software engineer position at a company I am really excited about. I recently had a technical interview with two engineers and have a team fit interview still to come....
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Should I accept the pre-interview coding take home challenge? [closed]

I applied to a company and got a phone interview with their in-house recruiter. During the call, he/she did indicate that there will be a technical test. When I asked clarity on what it was they said ...
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HR employee sent me code test but not know open .c file. Serious problems?

In 2017 I applied for an iOS programmer position with a company, they sent a code test and a survey about different IT technology (most not relate direct with iOS). The code test had three questions ...
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What's an effective way to make sure I'm prepared for an online aptitude test while applying for a job?

I just got an invitation to participate in an online psychometric test (the first step of the recruitment process in the company where I applied). I'm worried. I feel nervous and am scared that I ...
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How can a small company optimize pre-employment screening?

We are a very small (10) firm and have a few positions opening up in the next couple of weeks. They are simple admin "Data entry" type positions. Normally, we would dedicate quite a bit of time to ...
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Payment for completing an interview test that looks like client work [duplicate]

I'm through to the final round of an interview which is a coding challenge. It appears to be a very simple build of a static site with a design provided along with assets. I’m sure I could complete ...
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Include Restrictive License on Take Home Project

I was given a take home test after an interview that took me a lot of time to complete. The project includes an API, realtime database backend and a mobile frontend with remote notifications. Is ...
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Would declining a coding test disqualify me from the interview process? [duplicate]

Almost every developer interview involves a coding test. I don't really see the need for this, as I have uploaded some code on my GitHub account, all my code is publicly accessible, so if someone ...
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How to deal with work for free as part of hiring process when I already have a job?

It takes 1 to 3 weeks but I don't know what to do with my current job that I don't want to lose it, if I failed in the test. It's an on site test and the office is in my city. They told me it's about ...
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Interview with a hand written technical test [closed]

I was contacted via LinkedIn by a company for a position that actually looked interesting to me, as it had better compensation, technology, and benefits than others. However the interview process was ...
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Mind went blank during interview coding test

I recently took an online coding test for a software engineering position (entry level). I am not very good at programming while a timer is counting down, but nonetheless two questions went very well. ...
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Contact potential employer about erroneous assessment questions or not?

This was a relatively simple assessment but two of the questions I consider to be erroneous or suspect at best. I reached out to the person that sent me the assessment and voiced my concerns after ...
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how to practice for numeracy tests in the insurance industry in the UK?

I often see IT job advertisements that mention a numeracy test. These are generally Insurance companies. This is all based in London Uk. Here is a partial view of one of such advertisements as an ...
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Submitting a more efficient solution to online coding test after deadline? [duplicate]

I just had an online coding assessment for a job, that had many multiple choice questions and two coding challenges, all to be completed in 90 minutes. I am confident about my multiple choice answers ...
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Given an extremely open ended question in take home test

I have been interviewing for a junior level dev role and in the last interview I was given a take home assignment to assess my technical skills. The last question was really broad. It was "give a high ...
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Would a recruiter contact me after messing up a technical test? [closed]

I have applied for a job, and while I already have good experience, I have messed up the pre-interview technical test. This is the first job I have applied for that gave a technical test, so I might ...
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During hiring have to repeat test for a third time after passing it twice, what for?

I applied for a job. During the application process, I was asking to accomplish an engineering test. I passed the test. Eventually I was offered the position but the HR was a bit unprofessional and ...
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Take home test with long deadline [closed]

I recently went in for an in-person interview with a tech company. This was after the phone screening with the manager. I met with 2 senior devs for about an hour. They said at the end I will receive ...
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Should I slow down the counter at the online psychometric test in order to get more time and give more correct answers? [closed]

As part of a selection before an interview for a position in a bank, I need to undergo a psychometric test. Of course, the aim of the company is to select a single candidate which will fit the best ...
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Should I ask what I should prepare for the test? [closed]

I applied for a job that I have no previous experience with, and have passed the screening email round. The email says that I will have to analyze the company's website, which in my opinion it's ...