So, I wanted to plug a little project that Micah Gates and I hacked together at BohConf, the awesome un-conference and hackfest that runs parallel to RailsConf each year.

It’s called job_interview, and it’s a Ruby gem to automate some of the tedium of programmer job interviews.

As an example, let’s take FizzBuzz, a typical interview screening question intended to weed out the applicants who can’t write code to save their lives. In Ruby, you might implement FizzBuzz like this:

def fizz_buzz(max) do |i|
j = i + 1
val = (j % 3 == 0 ? "Fizz" : "") +
(j % 5 == 0 ? "Buzz" : "")
val.empty? ? j.to_s : val

But that’s just tedious. With job_interview, it’s dead simple:

job_interview FizzBuzz
require 'job_interview'
@answer =
=> [1, 2, "Fizz", 4, "Buzz"]

It also does Fibonacci sequences (recursive, iterative, and matrix strategies), a quine, the first n primes, and, of course, “Hello, World!”

That wasn’t enough, though.

It will also answer the bullshit personal questions that everyone lies about anyway!

include JobInterview::Questions

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

=> "I'd like to have made someone else rich with my re-contextualized non-volatile open architecture."

Q. Why do you want to work here?

=> "Your company has revolutionized seamless next generation interface."

Q. Does P = NP?

=> "I doubt it, but it would make life easier for traveling salesmen."

…and many more.

We aim for 100% test coverage with RSpec, so we’re confident that this is a robust solution for a range of job interview scenarios.

We did a lightning talk at RailsConf 2012, and you can see the slides here.

Next time you face an interview for a programming job, work smarter, not harder.

gem install job_interview