okay, i’ve had a bit of time to calm down and reflect after my interview.
(open to questions and comments)
@Sapphicgiraffic no question, no real comment, just agreement. fuck google.
@LexYeen like, in the first place, i doubt any strong correlation between interview skills and job performance or between test taking skills and job performance.
in the second, google’s interview methods are actively hostile to the neurodivergent. i even made disability accommodation requests ahead of time and the interviewer basically ignored them so...
@Sapphicgiraffic [image CW: gif, eye contact]
@LexYeen yeah it’s really astounding the number of tech companies that don’t know how to handle autism or adhd. fucking capitalism
@Sapphicgiraffic It's almost like they're taking "human resources" literally.
@LexYeen people are just interchangeable parts to them and if you don’t meet spec, you’re defective and discarded 🤷🏻♀️
autistic salt, just heaps of it; also eugenics mention
@Sapphicgiraffic It's almost like applying industrial processes to intrinsically human problems creates eugenics and eugenics-like conditions even where that's not an intended end result!
@Sapphicgiraffic @LexYeen there’s also like... a huge amount of privilege built into these remote technical interviews. you need access to a phone and a computer in a private place where you can talk. you either need to be a genius, super lucky, or have the time and energy to practice the kind of coding problem they expect you to solve. it’s fucking bullshit.
every single computer science/programming recruiter or interviewer or process i've ever heard about: designed by or for someone who is Desperately and Uncritically neurotypucal
"not all recruiters" take that nobody asked for
i ran into one i used to work with on the train the other day. she didn't bother trying to get my attention, just texted 👋 and told me where to look
another one was so cool that she quit and does infosec now
@Sapphicgiraffic which stage of the process was this interview? (I've interviewed with Google, and most of the others with similar style interviews)
@hope remote technical. they call on the phone, ask a question, and watch what’s typed in a shared document
@Sapphicgiraffic oh boy thats one of my least favorite bits. how do you think it went?
@hope awful. interviewer didn’t paste the question into the shared doc, so i only had the notes i could scribble down. wasted the first 20 minutes because i misunderstood the question. had a stress induced nosebleed.
interviewer kept interrupting me while i was trying to think and type, which i specifically said i couldn’t handle in my disability accommodation request, which i’m guessing he maybe skimmed and didn’t internalize.
@hope once i got the actual problem, i decided on a top-down solution. he kept interrupting with oblique questions, trying to lead me toward the bottom-up version instead, but wouldn’t just say so because that would give away the game. i almost hung up on him.
with four minutes left, he outlined the bottom-up version and asked me to give it a shot. in four minutes.
every swear word and insult i could imagine flashed through my mind. i nearly let him have it.
@hope just trying to figure out how to word my feedback for the recruiter now, or whether it’s worth my time at all.
interviewer stated that he would typically have a visual aid for this question if it were asked in person, just a rough whiteboard sketch. made a weak attempt to add an image to or draw in the shared google doc, failed, gave up, moved on.
just, the complete disregard for different learning styles and neurotypes... fuck google.
@Sapphicgiraffic ooof this all sounds very frustrating and I feel for you.
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