An even better way to get a job working on mongodb
On Friday night late I posted a puzzle, with an invitation to apply for a job if you solved it.
The response was overwhelming. Over 6000 people visited my blog; the post was #3 on hacker news and #33 on wordpress (its hard for algorithm questions to compete with stabbings and royal weddings). A few days later, I have gone through hundreds of comments and we have a few interview cycles going. Thanks to everyone who participated; I hope you had fun, and I hope we hire someone from this contest.
However, if you’re really interested in working on mongodb, there’s an even better way: contribute something useful to mongodb. A number of our developers have been hired from the community. While I am a former math guy and I like smart programmers, in the end the most important thing is your ability to create working code. Puzzles are interesting and I expect to continue to post them – and yes, solving them will help you get a job, but it won’t help as much as coding something useful.