If you’re in any technical discipline, you probably had to undergo some type of technical interview to get to where you’re at. For those that aren’t familiar with this process, it’s like this:
You’re sequestered in a room with another engineer (or group of engineers) and you’re barraged with brain teasers, riddles, and puzzles. The idea is – by tackling such abstract puzzles, the interviewees will have an idea of how you go about thinking through a problem on the spot. Some companies delve deep into the innards of what the job will specifically entail, but many companies prefer torturing their candidates with brain-busting puzzles. (It’s a tradition.)
For the record, I was never really that great at brain teasers. It’s stressful enough to be in an interview situation, and honestly – who really cares how a farmer transports livestock across a river anyway?
Have you been on a technical interview? What was the most interesting / weirdest / intriguing question you were asked?