It’s about a community that is trying to survive poverty in the “Inland”, and every year people have the chance to live a better life by passing some challenges so that they can live in what they call the “Offshore” (paradise). If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do and if you have, then you’ll see the similarities I have experienced while interviewing.
I quit my job at the beginning of the year because I was unhappy and it wasn’t suitable for me anymore. I also wanted to get into using modern technologies like React/Redux, Typescript, GraphQL, Contentful, Gatsby, NextJS. After taking a course on React, I started applying to jobs where React was a requirement. These jobs normally require an intro call with a recruiter and then a coding challenge. I went on so many interviews that I lost track of them and had to go back to my calendar to remember the “amazing” time I spent in all the interviews for this article. Here are a few:
- Consulting company → no coding exercise → asked me “what is a Promise?”, which I replied sorry I don’t know.
- Educational company → React multiple choice quiz based on the role → passed quiz → video call with two developers from the company. One of the developers asked me if I had done Unit Testing before, to which I replied “No, none of the companies that I’ve been in needed unit testing”.
- Fitness company → asked me to do 2 coding challenges → CS Fundamentals algorithm and data structure
- Remote company → asked me to do a Trivia React code challenge in 8 hours → wanted me to use Flow, Unit Test, Redux, and design beyond the wireframe
- Software company → great conversation with Recruiter → but looking for a Strong React developer… not me
- Remote company → asked me React based questions for 15 min and then coding exercise with CS Fundamentals
Looking back to all of the interviews I started to see a pattern, I was able to answer all the recruiter questions (which made it clear I had the experience), but I struggled through the coding challenges. Most of those coding challenges covered computer science fundamentals, for which I do not have a degree nor any experience. They’d seen my resume, which includes my education, but I was still given algorithms and data structures exercises. In the past, coding challenges would include building accordions, carousels, hamburgers menus, submenu flyover, overlays, a scroll to position, and some sort of animation with GSAP or CSS3. I know the companies that I have applied for won’t be requiring any of the mentioned functionality above, but you do see I have the experience.