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Consider it a test of your ability to infer the obvious (a valuable skill.)

I'm sorry but what is obvious in an interview setting? Is it obvious that you can or cannot use standard library? Is it obvious that you can or cannot use state of the art existing software to solve problems?

I do many interviews and I remember even when I started I had to be pretty clear what the candidate can and cannot use. I actually appreciate that they can find existing solutions that are likely better than what one can come up with in a few hours but if I need to test them on how they can code something like that I'll specifically state it.

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