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> spend several hours doing some simple fizzbuzz

When I see people mentioning fizzbuzz, it's always to filter out people who really can't program. If you just give me ten minutes to solve a fizzbuzz-like problem, that should be plenty of time for me to solve it given that I do know how to program, and just that single test would be enough to filter out those who don't. I don't see why it would have to take several hours.

Fizzbuzz is an example, I've never seen it on its own. A company doing a pre-screen test would normally put 2-3 small tests, the easiest one fizzbuzz-like, for a total of 1-1.5h.

Multiply that by the number of companies you are interviewing and that can easily be 8-15h in total. I'm glad I didn't have to do that.

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