Job hunting, interview process and anything related to the experience of a job writing the Clojure language.

So would you say doing exercism exercises will be more fruitful than doing leetcode problems?

emccue 2020-06-11T20:31:21.303900Z

One thing my peers tend to do is straight up study hackerrank questions

emccue 2020-06-11T20:31:41.304400Z

(in college to recent college grad age group)

emccue 2020-06-11T20:32:34.305200Z

and since i have gotten jobs before I get fielded questions like "how do you do the hackerrank questions?"

emccue 2020-06-11T20:33:06.305500Z

which is always astounding

emccue 2020-06-11T20:33:32.305900Z

I really think that stuff is mostly useless

sveri 2020-06-12T19:29:52.312200Z

It definitely is. But the problems your managers throw at you are not: "Reverse this list in O(1) time while standing on your head", but rather, this is the client, this are his features, get them done next week and make sure everything works without writing tests and put in 40 hours overtime without being able to write them off later.

Aron 2020-06-12T20:28:50.312400Z

Dunno, it was more than once that I had to read research papers or at least textbooks to properly implement algorithms. Again, this is not to disagree with you, I agree that the stuff is mostly useless, but we all do different work and it's not impossible to get paid for mostly useless stuff, sometimes. : )

sveri 2020-06-13T05:46:52.312900Z

Of course that's right, sometimes that happends and it depends on your line of work. For me personally it's super seldom and 75% of what I learned in university I never used. That said, for me it was more learning how to think and approach problems what really made university worth for me.

Aron 2020-06-13T09:30:09.313100Z

I watched a lot of opencourseware material, and I think I used more often the knowledge that's about the limits of the field (IT), but I don't mind the time spent on datastructures either, even though I can't code fusion trees from memory ☺️.

emccue 2020-06-11T20:34:17.306500Z

and I would very much doubt any company that uses stuff like that gets a good picture of canidates

emccue 2020-06-11T20:35:06.307500Z

since a lot of the people that get really good at that sort of stuff spent a ton of time on it and didn't spend any time on databases or actually building the usual toy software

emccue 2020-06-11T20:38:33.308200Z

but currently i'm still swirling the drain of unemployment, so i'm not really one to speak

Michael J Dorian 2020-06-11T20:42:07.310800Z

It's a rough time for that- best of luck to you! I havn't been able to find much in the way of patterns when it comes to what gets me interviews or jobs, you'd have to be job hunting full time for years to be able to apply statistics properly, and in the mean time every shop is totally different from the next.

Aron 2020-06-11T21:28:06.311600Z

there is a mechanistic aspect to code writing which you can practice with any programming problem, but I couldn't agree more