How is it that someone can have a four page resume and not be able to program their way out of a paper bag?
I just don’t get it. I truly do not understand this. At least, I can’t comprehend fluffing up a resume and then walking into a shop known for (relatively) brutal interviews. Wouldn’t you expect to get creamed? Or do these people just continue to interview, and eventually get lucky with a weak group?
It’s not like I’m making unreasonable demands, like “Write me a word processor, or a compiler, here’s a whiteboard pen and go to it.” Simple loops, a little logic, some debugging skills; I’m not asking for much. I’ll understand mis-spelled keywords, the forgotten curly-brace, even a bug or two. But to be totally off the map? When I talk to a carpenter about a job, I expect to see competence around driving nails and measuring and sawing. This is not that different: Count from 1 to 100, print that. C’mon.
It is correspondingly difficult not to feel near unalloyed pride in ones’ own ability to write something simple and working. “Look, I can do a binary search!” It works: See, there are unit tests. A hollow yay. I want to work with people who can do that, and better.