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>Being a professional programmer is not an entirely stress-free job. Often, time matters and you have to think on your feet

Not once in my career had I had to fix a problem in an hour, let alone 10 minutes.

I have had senior people get mad at me when I couldn't give an answer during a meeting - that's the closest to an interview type scenario where you need the answer now. But even then, I did not stress that I'd lose my job, which is similar to the stress the candidate is facing.




Do you work on services that are expected to be working 24/7? It's not exactly uncommon for a production service to have problems and need to be fixed ASAP.


It's not exactly uncommon for a production service to have problems and need to be fixed ASAP.

Yeah, but if so it's usually of the form of "oh shit, forgot to chmod this little bash wrapper".

To the extent that it's of the form of "Solve this cute little dynamic programming problem I heard about from some company where everyone is like, gosh, oh so smart! In like, the next 5 minutes, k?" -- well, basically never.


Do most programming jobs expect that? I think not.

It's like interviewing a doctor who will be someone's primary care physician. Give him/her a set of symptoms, and fail him if he doesn't diagnose it inside of 10 minutes. And then justify it with the expectations in surgery or ER.




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