How do interviewers find out that a candidate is cheating in a technical telephone interview/onsite interview?
Answered by: Sumit Sachdeva,Taken numerous interviews in my IT career.
I work in the IT sector and have taken thousands of interviews in my career.
Recently, I took the interview of a candidate for a Senior Developer position. He started out well with a short intro and what he worked on.
I started to ask some basic questions progressing to more advanced ones.
I found that his lips were moving but they weren't matching with what he was saying.
I thought there's a lag in the Microsoft Teams call.
This continued for the next 5 minutes. His answers were just too good.
I then pasted a code snippet in the chat window and asked him to “read" what was written on the window.
And he disconnected the call.
I felt something is fishy. I stayed on the call. He joined back after a minute, saying that he lost internet connectivity. I said ok now read the snippet. This time he read it like I asked him the alphabet.
I knew now, that he clicked a picture of the code and sent it to the person who was actually answering the questions.
I then asked him couple of more questions which he answered.
Then came the turning point. I confronted him that he was cheating. And someone else was proxy interviewing for him. He said “No sir nothing like it".
I then played it smart. I asked his parents’ names.
Woah! He was dumbstruck!
He asked “Sir anything wrong?"
I simply said you also know what's wrong. You are cheating!
I again asked the same question, to name his parents.
He simply couldn't!
He said “Go to hell".
And he disconnected.
He is now blocked for life from our company!
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