The Boogie Man of Interviewing: Technical Assessments Part 1

I firmly believe that technical assessments are a critical part of the interview process. It allows us to “put all our cards on the table” early on; being efficient with both the candidate and the employer’s time. However, it was a difficult realization when I discovered that technical assessments are not just “build me X, Y or Z of a website”; something that I have been acutely focused on for 15 weeks during the full stack bootcamp. Instead, I have to leverage this general knowledge in order to apply it to more algorithmic problems.

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Writing candidly, during this roller coaster of a time that is the job search, I have completed a few coding challenges that have hurt my self confidence and left me wondering if companies truly intend on hiring more junior staff. To continue my development as a budding software engineer and increase the likelihood of passing future exams, I have identified key algorithms to be familiar with; some of which include:

1. Binary Search

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2. Linear Search

3. Quick Sort

Source: https://www.w3resource.com/javascript-exercises/searching-and-sorting-algorithm/searching-and-sorting-algorithm-exercise-1.php

4. Counting Sort

5. String Reversal

6. Palindrome

Note: the /[\W_]/g was necessary to add as we want our function to look over (and remove) any non-word or _ characters (including space, symbols, & integers). Notice “e_l 6l‘’%e” still evaluates to true as “elle” did.

  • The / represents to beginning and end of a regular expression
  • [ ] signifies the start and end of a character set
  • \W denotes “non-word” characters (opposed to \w that will match a word)
  • _ is the _ character
  • The g means that this is a global search

7. Integer Reversal

8. Fizz Buzz

9. Max Character

10. Anagrams

11. Vowels

12. Array Chunking

13. Array Reversal

14. Word Reversal

Software Engineer with RIA in a Box.

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