On Brain Teasers at Job Interviews

I went to a few job interviews during past weeks. Most interviewers asked me to tell about problems I had solved, and to suggest a solution to a problem they really needed to solve. Some though offered me to solve brain teasers — problems they (or others) invented to test candidates. I solved most, but I felt bad about it. I can imagine many bright candidates who would fail an interview because of brain teasers.

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About

Offtopia is a non-personal blog of David Tolpin. Alter Ego linkedin | github | google scholar Work PUB+ Contact david.tolpin@gmail.com Legacy Old blog

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Academic

I am a faculty member of the Computer Science department at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Research interests My current research is related to the field of probabilistic programming and Bayesian statistical modelling. In particular, I am interested in defining the kinds of models which can be efficiently represented and reasoned upon by means of probabilistic programming, on one hand, and in application of probabilistic programming to other areas, such as computational health, robotics, or human-computer interaction, on the other hand.

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