Whiskey Web and Whatnot

A whiskey fueled fireside chat with your favorite web developers.


71: Advent of Whiskey: More Holiday Trivia and Tech Interviews

Show Notes

Robbie and Chuck think the process is rigged. Memorizing algorithms and solving problems in 30 minutes isn’t good enough to judge someone’s capabilities and decide whether they can be trusted for a job.

Many great developers crack under the pressure of interviews but that doesn’t mean they’re not good at what they do. The interview process is just a formality to verify someone’s identity, it shouldn’t be used to drill developers and set them up for failure. Companies are better off looking at a developer’s open-source and public projects to see what they have to offer.

In this episode, Chuck and Robbie talk about Holiday Trivia and the major downside with algorithms in tech interviews.

Key Takeaways

  • [00:37] - Number 17 Whiskey: Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey.
  • [06:40] - Number 18 Whiskey: Lawes San Luis Valley Straight Rye.
  • [10:44] - Number 19 Whiskey: Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whiskey.
  • [13:54] - Holiday Trivia.
  • [22:45] - Fixing a broken interview system.


[18:44] - “I’m a passenger on this journey, and I want to have experiences in that journey.” ~ Chuck Carpenter

[26:28] - “You’re a JavaScript developer. You’re a react developer. You’re a whatever. Those paradigms are completely made up in every single company.” ~ Chuck Carpenter


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