My Andela Interview Verdict: I Write Shitty Code
" [Osahon] You should be proud of yourself. Out of thousands of applicants, you are one of the select few who have earned this opportunity." Those were the words Andela used in the email. I didn't need a second invitation; I was proud! I remember how I leaped for joy. It was my very first interview at the EPIC tower.
The mail that followed, had three questions, and I answered one as requested.
Before I submitted that faithful Monday morning, I looked at my code with a smug on my face. I could see myself telling everyone "I stand to be proven wrong."
Long and short, I stood on the aisle of BRT, a Lagos bus-based public transport, proven wrong.
My code was torn apart. I guess Efosa, my interviewer, emotional threshold was almost reached. He paused. I gulped. He then appreciated my effort. The little consolation I got was "The UI is not bad." I left the tower without my ego -- it was bruised beyond recognition .
On my long journey back home, I thought about their reviews: honest, blunt and unsentimental. Like it or not, that's how the market will review my apps. On hindsight, I appreciate the review.
In the middle of my contemplation, a song came up on BRTtv. The song was so crazy, I had to laugh. The guy did a terrible job.
In that moment, I saw I was a dev version of that guy. My code, like his music, was horrible.
I gave myself the same advice I'd give to that artiste. "I commend your effort, but you won't go far with this type of performance. You have two options: give up or improve your skill."
So, I'm back to the drawing board, looking to better myself irrespective of the outcome of the interview.
When I set out to be a developer, I aspired to build amazing things. I’m interning software development to get into Andela. Andela is an amazing means to my end, but it’s not my end. The End. No pun intended.