Brainbench perl test -> girl friday?

Richard Foley richard.foley at
Wed Sep 5 15:58:51 BST 2012

I concur.

Slightly OT: My daughter is looking for a job in London, but does NOT know
anything about the Fibonacci sequence. Girl-friday/actress type of thing?


Richard Foley

On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 09:11:06AM +0100, Jason Clifford wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-09-05 at 09:01 +0200, Richard Foley wrote:
> > > And besides, I don't think I'd really want to work with a programmer
> > > who didn't know what the Fibonacci sequence is :-)
> > >
> > I'd rather work with a good programmer who can't answer your question slickly
> > in the heat of an interview, (whatever clever question you think up during your
> > coffee break while chatting with a group of people about how to think up the
> > best interview question), than a bad programmer who impresses you with a
> > predictable memory trick during an interview, (aren't we so cool because we
> > know the same things as each other?)
> That's fair generally however the question isn't particularly clever and
> doesn't require you to know any memory trick at all. It's just a very
> simple test to see if you can take a simple specification and turn it
> into some kind of code with the added bonus of seeing whether the
> candidate spots potentials issues with it.
> As for not knowing what the Fibonacci sequence is I agree that it's not
> a particularly good test but if it is specified as either of the two
> questions that were suggested then it's irrelevant whether you recognise
> and name the equation so long as you can do as asked surely.
> Jason

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