Am I being unreasonable?

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I have to ask, because today we had two candidates come in for a programming job. One is currently a Senior Software Engineer. Both of them went into absolute brain lock when asked to sort a linked list where the algorithm used for sorting (the speed) was irrelevant. One froze absolutely completely, the other explained the algorithm he was going to use immediately and completely understood the list concept (As I would hope he would), but could clearly not manage to implement the algorithm.

I can understand a college grad interviewing for his first job getting all nervous, but not people with 4-7 years of professional work with much of it being programming work. Am I being unreasonable?

Please help.

I didn't find the right solution from the internet.



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