You see, lines like “red coder at topcoder.com” practically scream “I am good at coding interviews”, and coding interviews is what you give for entry level position at most big companies. And then the interviewer comes to interview with the expectation that you will ace the coding part of the interview. And what if you don’t ace? Being top coder does give advantage when faced with coding questions, but that’s not enough. Competition servers only expect correct output of your not matter how weird looking code. Interviewer will assess how well you communicate, how well your code looks, how well you can address changing requirements, etc. And if interviewer’s expectations are elevated by your CV, it may not look good for you.
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