Algorithm and data structure quizzes are a red herring. Many interviews center conversations on algorithms and data structures that are unrelated to the day-to-day role candidates audition for. This blanket obsession not only devalues other important skills, it fails to embrace the diverse talents, interests and experience even of senior technologists we’ve met.
I have been in the tech industry for over 20 years and this is a practice that should have died years ago for most, but not all interviews.
I work with students as an adjunct professor at Howard University and I have discussed with with my students repeatedly of how this is just laziness on the part of the hiring companies to make the effort to create an interview process that reflects the real roles and responsibilities of the actual job.