Anxiety during technical phone or in-person interview???
I have a major problem, where I cannot perform anywhere close to my actual ability when I am asked to code something non-trivial during a phone or in-person interview.
At work, I *hate it* when someone is watching me as I code. I hate the idea of someone observing my thought process, and watching my mistakes. It is anxiety provoking, and I either start screwing up or make them go away. And this is typically with some random guy, who is probably bored and doesn't care, with code that is probably trivial, and in sum the interaction is completely meaningless.
During an interview, the problem is 100x worse. Here, it is almost always a non-trivial problem, with someone who is very much so evaluating what I do, and how long it takes me to do it, in an interaction which may have a significant effect on the course of my life. It is excruciating, and I will often go silent, with my head horrifyingly blank, and the interviewer will have to help me limp someplace vaguely close to the finish line.
It is maddening, that I would usually have no problem completing these problems on my own. And having to perform under that kind of pressure is so completely divorced from the actual reality of being a software engineer.
Can anyone else relate to this? Is there any hope for me, or am I simply excluded from companies with these kind of interviews.
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