c++interview tougher than java on WallSt #XR

My friend XR is first to point this out.

Q1: for candidates with 5+ years of experience, is the passing rate really worse in c++ IV than java IV? Let’s limit ourselves to sell-side.
%%A: indeed slightly lower.

Q2: is c++ paying slightly higher? I don’t think so.

Both java and c++ (c# too but not python) interviews go to crazy low levels details. Most tough questions in java/c#/python are low-level. C/C++ is a lower-level language.

c++(!!Java)ecosystem questions are tough #Deepak

Perhaps the most important reason for my Q1 answer is selectivity. A java hiring team can be highly selective but on average, c++ hiring teams have higher selectivity:

  • higher bar
  • more time allocated to selecting the right candidate
  • less interested in commodity skills and more demanding on in-depth knowledge
  • less likely to settle for second best talent

What does it mean for Shanyou and Deepak? They are unlucky to hit a rising bar in a shrinking domain… increasingly competitive.

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