I’ve noticed a trend recently. Someone will write a post about some technical interview question and someone will write a comment about how that’s such a dumb question that they wouldn’t even bother answering it. I’ve actually been that guy recently. John Sonmez wrote about “Cracking the Coding Interview” and I responded that I don’t do coding interviews. In fact, I wrote a whole post about this. But as John pointed out, this may actually cause you to be limiting your career. You wouldn’t answer that question for a 33% raise? Really? There isn’t anything that could motivate you to consider answering a question that you feel is useless, stupid or dumb?
This week, I saw another post about some technical interview question that someone said he wouldn’t answer. Sorry, I don’t have a link for that one, I wish I did.
And then add to this, the number of useless interview questions I have answered in the last year. Why did I answer them? Because I could. Because the challenge was actually fun.
And so, let’s reconsider the arrogant stance of “Thanks for your time, I’ll show myself out.”
First let’s consider why we might not want to answer a particular question.