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Aren't you just as likely to get people who excel at hyping and hello-worlding new languages but can't actually make applications? Or people who just read the python paradox (with python scribbled out and Elm written over it) who think they can look like a great developer who understands the value of Elm but really don't?

You'll get those, yes. I know because I was one of them... But I think you unerestimate how bad the average interviewee can be.

Someone who hello worlds new languages may not know the syntax or idioms to write fizzbuzz in any specific language, but they will be able to characterise the rough shape of the problem, and not just sit in silence...

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