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The number of people I've had fail simple questions (not binary node problems, I mean problems where the optimal solution is basically a for loop with an if statement) is absolutely insane. I would say at least 50% of applicants fail to solve the coding question, and this is interviewing for a 100k+ US job in medium sized city (so low cost of living, and good salary for the area).

We have 'hard' questions in our pool we can ask (where optimization actually comes into play) but I've found that the easy questions weed out so many candidates it's not worth it. There's no room for debate if someone tries to write 15+ if statements rather than creating a loop and one if statement.

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