Interviewing? Keep it simple, stupid!

If any of you are intereview for a job any time soon, please take this advice to heart – just like KISS is a good principle in your every day job, it’s a great principle in a job interview.

Some people like to boast their skills when interviewing.

“I’m a Java Guru”

“I’m excellent at Big Data analysis on a NoSQL system in the cloud”

“I like well designed code … here are my favorite design patterns, I use them all the time”

Some of the above statements could apply to you … but be sure to be relevant to the job you’re interviewing for, and the tests you’re given. If you are asked to do a simple hands on coding session, know that your interviewer just want to see you code, he doesn’t need to you implement Map Reduce or show off your Uber Design Pattern skills.

Sure, it’s nice to sprinkle in good design, unit tests, and write scalable code … but before you do all those things, make sure you get the job done, on time, without bugs. Do the important stuff first, and show off later, if you have the time.

2 Comments

  1. Tomer Gabel:

    So… what prompted this?

  2. ripper234:

    You can guess.