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I really wish more interviews asked these questions. They're not only good questions for the reasons you mention, but for the interviewee (at least for me) they tend to be pretty low-stress to answer. Those sort of questions are, after all, something that I might be asked to do or think about during my everyday duties at a new company.

I always sigh in relief when a company I'm interviewing with asks me something like that vs something like "implement x algorithm to solve y niche computer science problem you probably learned in college at some point".




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