Tech Interviewing is Broken (Part 1 of n), How we got here and why we're still stuck here

In the video, Carl discusses the broken state of tech interviewing in the U.S., highlighting flaws in the current process and cautioning against expensive interview preparation courses. He emphasizes the importance of networking, continuous learning, and choosing companies that prioritize a healthy work environment over algorithmic puzzles in the hiring process.

In this video, Carl discusses the broken state of tech interviewing, sharing his opinion and experiences on the matter. He emphasizes that he is not trying to sell anything and offers insights into the flaws of the current tech interview process in the U.S. Carl highlights the lack of a definitive understanding of how the industry reached this point and suggests that the solution lies in the hands of employers, one company at a time.

He cautions job seekers against falling for expensive interview preparation courses, noting that free resources available online can be just as effective. Carl shares his personal experiences with job hunting, emphasizing the importance of networking and continuous learning to stay relevant in the tech job market. He recommends the book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” for job seekers as a valuable resource.

Carl delves into the prevalence of technical interview processes, such as LeetCode, whiteboard coding, and HackerRank, emphasizing that success in these interviews often comes down to luck rather than inherent skills. He questions the industry’s obsession with recruiting “superstar candidates” and the validity of screening processes based on algorithmic puzzles. Carl also touches on the negative consequences of these standardized interview practices, such as insular cultures, pressure on inexperienced hires, and limited flexibility in technology choices.

The discussion extends to the origins of the current tech interview process, citing influential books and articles that contributed to the rise of algorithm-based interviewing. Carl highlights the potential biases and limitations of standardized interview processes and the impact on company culture and employee satisfaction. He urges job seekers to consider the implications of choosing companies that prioritize LeetCode-style interviews over those that offer a more holistic and flexible approach to hiring.

In conclusion, Carl advises job seekers to opt for companies that do not rely heavily on algorithmic puzzles and standardized coding interviews. He emphasizes the importance of prioritizing a healthy work environment over prestigious company names or higher salaries. Carl encourages viewers to be cautious of expensive interview preparation courses and to focus on continuous learning and networking within the tech industry.