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I don't think I can find it right now, but I recall a comment by Patrick MacKenzie (https://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=patio11) to the effect that companies that have onerous interviews often also have a "cheat code" path for highly accomplished candidates (well known figures, or someone who's strongly vouched for by someone highly trusted within the company) who find the normal interview process unwelcome.

This response seems like an attempt to engineer that path out of nothing. Good luck, but you can also avoid these interviews if you can make those connections/build your reputation to the right extent.

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