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I recently was approached by an intermediary firm on behalf of another company looking for Android developers. They asked me to do a code challenge and post the source code to GitHub, which I did. About 1-2 weeks later, they asked me to do another code challenge for the prospective client/employer at their request. I've never been asked to do more than one code challenge for a prospective contract/job.
How many of you have been asked to do multiple code challenges for a prospective job? This seems a bit strange to me. The code challenges are not major projects. However they are the kind that would take a full day to complete so they aren't completely trivial either. I'm trying to find out how common this is and whether or not I should assume that the prospective client/employer isn't really serious and is just "kicking the (my) tires" by asking for multiple code challenges.
I may be a bit jaded, but this sounds like a company trying to get some free stuff at your expense. Either that, or they have one or two other applicants who posted some promising work, and want to sort among you for the best. I'd go along with it one more time, but if you're asked for a third round, I'd demand a seance with the principals before complying.
they asked me to do another code challenge for the prospective client/employer at their request
Even if they are not trying to screw you, it's a stupid policy. Unless it's lot of money in question, I'd rather spend that day staring into blank space, then 'proving' my 'worth' to company like that. I mean, do you really need two days to determine if someone can code, seriously? If you need that much time, maybe you're not that good developers after all.
So I took a cruise through Oatman and the mountains behind it on the way home from work tonight, scouting for a likely place to go shooting this weekend. I am careful to look for places that are on public lands - no private property - with a good backstop, few rocks, and no vegetation, since the fire hazard is so high this year.
While hiking about a likely spot, I ran across a young woman who was obviously despondent, at the end of her rope, standing on the edge of a cliff and trying to work up the courage to jump. Naturally I was terribly concerned about such a tragic waste, so I approached her and asked,
"Miss, since it's clear that you intend to kill yourself, would you mind having sex with me first?"
She shoved me away and screamed, "You perverted bastard! Get away from me!"
I'm a patient fellow, and not wanting to cause her any further pain, I walked away, telling her on parting, "That's okay. I'll just go wait at the bottom."
You're absolutely right, Karen; it really shouldn't be in the Lounge. It's borderline, but the funny factor outweighed naughty bit. Besides, I don't know of any modern kid sister who would find it shocking or naughty. Standards have slipped from the days when I was a kid brother.