Interview question



  • I sat in on a job interview yesterday and this just stuck on my head, so I've got to write it out: The job was for an embedded development engineer with the focus on writing drivers.

    (The content is the same, the wording might be slightly different)

    Interviewer: "Assume an 8-bit memory mapped register. Lets call it GPIOADR. Read the register. If bit 7 is set, flip the state of bit 0 and write it back."

    Interviewee: "So, will just a few samples do?" (First WTF)

    Interviewer: "Errr (puzzled), yes"

    Interviewee: Starts writing down a truth table. Then he starts writing down code. "if (GPIOADR == 128) GPIOADR = 129; else if (GPIOADR == 129)  GPIOADR = 128;". He wrote down about ten lines in total and gave us the sheet. TRWTF.

     



  • So, did he get the job?



  • @henke37 said:

    So, did he get the job?
     

    Probably.



  • I don't have any authority to hire people. Sometimes I get lucky and are actually told something. I can only advise things like "He knows less than you do. Pretty worthless", but of course if he's some relationship to the boss he'll get hired anyway and the interview was just because "It's the process", but in that case he'll probably screw up a few projects and then get promoted to Assistent Manager or some crap to reduce the productive damage.

    So I've no idea whether he'll get the job or not. 



  • @Mole said:

    I don't have any authority to hire people.

    Being in an interview and not getting a yea or nay vote sounds like torture. Like literal torture.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @blakeyrat said:

    Being in an interview and not getting a yea or nay vote sounds like torture. Like literal torture.
    So that's why so many of my interview panels have one guy who is actually interested (always HR or Head of IT) and two or three that look like they want to die (developers).



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Mole said:
    I don't have any authority to hire people.

    Being in an interview and not getting a yea or nay vote sounds like torture. Like literal torture.

     

    Make that yea or nay or filenotfound.



  • It's not that bad to be honest. If I'm not interested in the person, I can just sit back, switch off, and get paid for drinking coffee :)

    It's also an excellent excuse for pushing back the deadline on various projects so I can do things like read TDWTF.



  •  That makes sense.  For an interview like that where you don't have a file system...

     

    Oh, never mind.  Just fill in your own lame joke here.

     

     



  • @da Doctah said:

    @blakeyrat said:

    @Mole said:
    I don't have any authority to hire people.

    Being in an interview and not getting a yea or nay vote sounds like torture. Like literal torture.

     

    Make that yea or nay or filenotfound.

     

     

    1 or 0 or NO_FS



  •  I'm sure it was Yes, No, FileNotFound and Fish.

     



  • @Mole said:

     I'm sure it was Yes, No, FileNotFound and Fish.

     

    More like Mole, To get a job in this enterprise, 42.


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