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    great article. interviews can be really hostile experiences, and that doesn’t help anyone

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      I downvoted this specifically because I don’t think inflammatory titles like this should be supported.

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        It’s tough because the content is excellent but the title is intended to be clickbait-y.

        I’m not sure what the answer is; maybe liberal HN-esque renaming of article titles?

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          I didn’t intend the title to be clickbait-y so much as merely attention-grabbing (hence not 10 Things You Can Do To Hire Better or whatever) but I guess it’s a fuzzy line. I generally am only motivated enough to write a blog post about something when I get annoyed about it, so my titles are often pretty angry :-)

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            The problem with the title is you say ‘you’. You have no idea if I suck at technical interviews. Please don’t confuse your world with everyone else’s.

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              I think you’re confused about who the author is addressing. They’re talking to some other “you”, but not you, apy. I don’t think it’s worth getting upset about, though actually I agree and find such titles a distraction.

              Fortunately there’s an easy solution (for authors). Refer to “we” instead of “you”. Readers can decide to count themselves in the group or not, but it’s not a forced decision.

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                Surely there are people that can do them well, but they appear to be rare, and everyone can improve to some degree even if they are better than most.

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                  I am not disagreeing with the sentiment that many can do better at tech interviews, I’m disagreeing with the idea that it applies to everyone. People need to realize that the world is not the little corner they experience.

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                    People need to realize that the world is not the little corner they experience.

                    Indeed! For example, if I write an article and want other people to read it, I’m going to try and submit it to the popular news aggregators with a catchy title. Sometimes being pithy requires sacrificing some accuracy. Sometimes attracting attention means saying something stupid or slightly inflammatory.

                    Hey, maybe you don’t like mildly inflammatory generalized statements such as “you suck at {…},” but, on the same token, outside your corner of the world, plenty of folks understand that a title may have been chosen to catch someone’s attention and not be the cornerstone of precision.

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                      Yes, and I expressed my opinion by downvoting and explaining by downvote and how I think the community can do better by steering contributors to having less inflammatory titles. Feel free to support such titles.

                      Note that similar posts successfully make it to websites such as here or reddit with less inflammatory titles quite often, so I don’t think your response is a sufficient justification.

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                        Yes, and I expressed my opinion by downvoting and explaining by downvote and how I think the community can do better by steering contributors to having less inflammatory titles.

                        … by smugly proclaiming that people should realize that the world is not limited to their corner of experience. I’m just throwing it right back at ya. ;-)

                        Feel free to support such titles.

                        Oh I feel free. And I will.

                        Note that similar posts successfully make it to websites such as here or reddit with less inflammatory titles quite often, so I don’t think your response is a sufficient justification.

                        Please don’t twist my words. I didn’t come close to implying that one had to write inflammatory titles to get people to read them.

                        And I wasn’t trying to “justify” anything. I was merely pointing out that you should take your own advice: some people like to get creative with titles. Some people write titles to attract attention—not to be a bastion of precision. (As in, your overly literal interpretation of the title to actually mean the author was talking to people he didn’t know—like you—is ironically indicative that you are living in your own little world.)

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                          I know! Making ridiculously over generalized statements is stupid, isn’t it!?

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                          This response was stupid and burntsushi has a point. I actually originally had “I think …” before my statement but figured I’d take advice from the OP and just make a matter-of-fact statement instead.

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                      Well, I am happy to be invited to the part of the world where interviews go well. :)

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              It’s not inflammatory at all. It is a bit misleading.

              A better title would have been “You suck at taking interviews, and here’s why.”

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                Except it’s not about interviewers sucking at taking interviews, it’s about the industry sucking at giving them effectively.

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                  How does the author know if I suck at technical interviews or not?