Hello there, since I found it very helpful to see what recruiters ask nowadays, I want to share my experience of looking for a job during covid.
So first of all, covid did not influence the recruitment process (well, no on site meetings) and there were enough job offers for me to choose from. I was looking for web dev jobs in Sweden. Specialized myself in Angular, but am capable to fully create a web app from design mockups to database management, CI and hosting.
I started in July and wrote approx. 30 applications. Some companies never answered, some politely declined and some were interested in me.
The companies that gave me a coding test (like in school) where I had to solve arbitrary matrix and array calculations in any programming language to show them my abstract problem solving skills got a straight meme
back and I questioned their interview process and that a company who values such skills is not a company I value. Seriously, those tests show nothing. Not your competence in the web department, nor the skill you need during the job.
Then there were the interesting code assessments which I shortly want to summarize:
- Create any web app with the GitHub API. Just be creative. Provide a GitHub repo link and describe what the app does. Don't make it a fully fledged app so that during the interview process there is something to work on in a pair-programming session.
- Create a movie finder app using any movie db API. Use React. Should have a search field, a table for results. Make it possible to set movies as "watch later" and "favorite". Provide enough tests. Should work on Desktop and Mobile. Include posters and trailers. Provide a demo website and a GitHub repo.
- Reddit Clone. This one was super fun to do and complex as well. Create a feed displaying the entries from a sub reddit JSON feed (hardcoding possible) . There should be 10 entries per page and there should also be paging functionality. Optional addons: show comments of post, display them in a threaded structure. Change the limit option. Add a subreddit search field.
In general, those projects showed my skills with the chosen technology. It was fun to work on and in the end it is something you can continue working on, since the solution should be something you are proud of before handing it in. The key "puzzle" during the reddit clone was to implement the pagination, because the reddit API doesn't provide the ordinary page=3&limit=10 functionality but before & after which was quiet tricky to grasp first.
Also I had to do quiet a lot of personal questionnaires and IQ tests where you have to identify and recognize shapes and patterns.
In the end I settled with a cool company in Stockholm and the Reddit clone did it for me.
FAST FOOD/DINNING OUT STRATEGIES FOR BULKING AND CUTTING INTRODUCTION: WHO I AM AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
I have tried my best to make regular contributions toward the mission of this subreddit, but for those that do not know me, I am the internet’s MythicalStrength, and I have competed in powerlifting and strongman from weightclasses ranging from 181 to 265, but, in full disclosure, have only ever gotten my bodyweight up to 217lbs at 5’9. I have achieved success in getting strong on pressing
And have managed to figure out how to get lean
without ever having counted a calorie or macro
I am also a native of San Diego, CA and, as such, something of a fast food aficionado. My city brought the world Jack in The Box (you’re welcome) and is adjacent to the founding homes of Taco Bell, Rubio’s Baja Grill, and the glory that is In n Out burger. I also grew up with access to the finest Mexican food in the world, and the San Diego classic of “carne asada fries”, which will change your world if done right.
I bring all that up to say that eating fast food is a big part of my life, along with eating out in general, and I’ve found some strategies in the process that I find helpful when one is pursing getting bigger or learner. A lot of folks are making rookie mistakes when they go out to eat, and leaving gains on the table. Allow me to provide some tips.
It should be noted that I’ve been a low-carber for a decade+ at this point, and my choices reflect that. You folks that like carbs already know what to do to get them at fast food places, but if you’re interested in an approach that focuses on fats and proteins, that’s what I can provide. GOOD BAD DECISIONS
So let’s just get this out of the way: eating fast food isn’t good for you. That should be clear to just about anyone, but if someone never explained that to you: it’s not good for you. Some fast food choices are BETTER than others, but you gotta be at peace with the fact that, if you’re eating fast food, you’re already making a bad decision as far as health goes. Hence, the things I’m going to be recommending aren’t going to be the healthiest choices: they’re going to be the best choices you can make when pursuing getting bigger or getting leaner. WHY LOW CARB ANYWAY?
Talking about “good bad decisions”: you can get quick carbs ANYWHERE if that’s what you’re after. They don’t require cooking or prep. Pop tarts are a classic staple, along with candy, and almost anything you can find in a gas station. Having someone make you carbs at a fast food place is really just a wasted opportunity cost. Protein tends to be a bit trickier. Sure, you can get beef jerky and bottled protein shakes, but cooked meat is just a treat (apologies to any vegan/vegetarian readers, but very little I write will apply to you), to say nothing of the benefits for gaining that come with a steady supply of protein and fat. As such, whenever I eat out, I’m trying to maximize protein intake. PARADIGM BREAKING: SIDES
- WHEN BULKING: This is especially true as it relates to burger places, ala McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc: people are VERY used to getting French fries as a side whenever they eat a cheeseburger. I get it: French fries are yummy. HOWEVER, they’re just fried potatoes: carbs and fat, very little benefit for the gaining lifter looking to push protein levels stupidly high. Learn to embrace having ANOTHER burger as your side meal. When you get a Double Quarter Pounder at McDonalds, get a few McDoubles as a side. Whopper Jrs to go with your Whopper. Etc etc. Scout out the dollavalue menu and find the cheap non-breaded meat sandwich you can pair with your meal.
Wendy’s has some pretty legit sides these days too. Cup of chili is awesome. A baked potato is pretty solid too if you want some “cleaner” carbs.
PARADIGM BREAKING: BUNS, BREAD AND THE KNIFE AND FORK
- WHEN CUTTING: Still ditching the fries: now we’re looking at salads. Pretty much everywhere does a side salad these days, and many will allow for the substitution. Go for that. If you’re eating out somewhere and you get 2 sides with a meal, see if you can get 2 salads or double up on veggies. Most places will be more than willing to give you extra veggies and save the potatoes for the bigger crowd.
Bulking or cutting, I never eat the bread in a fast food burger (and rarely eat it at a sitdown place). There’s just so little nutritional value in it, and its wasting calories that could be better spent toward protein, fats, or a better carb source. Get used to eating burgers with a knife and fork. It’s like a small steak. I do the same thing with sub sandwiches: just eat the inside with a fork, like a salad. SPECIFIC LOCATIONS/STYLES MCDONALD’S
BURGER KING/WENDY’S/OTHER BURGER JOINTS:
- WHEN BULKING: When gaining weight, I love the double quarter pounder as my go to burger. Why? I know how much meat I’m eating! Pre-cooked weight, of course. Back when I was running Building the Monolith and had to eat 1.5lbs of ground beef a day, if I was in a pinch, it was pretty awesome to roll into a McDonald’s, get 2 of these and check off 1lb of ground beef from my daily requirement. And everything from McDonald’s goes down fast and smooth, so you can get in that pound of meat pretty easily.
- WHEN CUTTING: Pre-COVID, McDonalds had some pretty awesome salads, especially so if you went with a grilled chicken breast vs crispy. Avoid dressing whenever possible, otherwise, go low-cal and use sparingly. Avoid all the bready stuff (crutons, tortilla strips, etc). These days, best bet is the grilled chicken sandwiches, no bread, knife and fork.
- WHEN BULKING: BK doesn’t have a claim to fame regarding burgers that weigh a specific amount, but you can still operate pretty similarly here. The double whopper is very substatantial, and comes with far more veggies than the Double Quarter pounder, so it’s healthier, right? Otherwise, the “Bacon King” sandwich is massive, covered in cheese, bacon and mayo. Because of that, I tend to only get 1 of those and then pair it with some whopper jrs or double hamburgers to get some extra protein and not quite as much fat.
And let that guide you for the other chains out there. Wendy’s has classic stacks vs Baconators. It’s all about the same.
The sole exception is In n Out burger: they have a “protein style” burger, which is a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. Opt for that when possible, and then you don’t even need a knife and fork.
- WHEN CUTTING: Same rules as McDonald’s: get one of their salads, or go with the chicken sandwich (unbreaded) with a knife and fork.
- WHEN BULKING: Double meat/deluxe. Here’s a dirty secret about that: if you order a sandwich with more than 1 meat on it (like the club), if you ask for double meat, they’ll either ONLY double the meat of 1 (so only the turkey or the ham) OR they’ll charge you TWICE to double both meats. Know how you beat this?
Order the meatball sub. For one, meatballs are delicious, but in addition, when you double the meat, you go from 8 to 16 meatballs. It’s just absurd, and rarely even fits inside the bread of the sandwich, and it costs no different than doubling the meat of any other sandwich.
Load it down with veggies and cheese and eat it with a knife and fork.
FRIED CHICKEN PLACES (KFC/POPEYES/ETC)
- WHEN CUTTING: Get the egg white breakfast sandwich, put all the veggies you can stomach on it, and go without sauce.
Skip the sides, no matter the goal. Pick the breading off, no matter the goal. If you’re bulking, allow yourself some dark meat pieces: if cutting, stick with the breasts. Portion control is about it here: eat more when bulking and less when cutting. BURRITO SHOPS (Q’Doba/Chipotle)
- BULKING: Skip the wrap and the rice, go for beans (sometimes they’ll offer you double beans since you didn’t get rice: see if they’ll do that) and then get double meat. Wait until they give you the first serving of meat and THEN ask for double: this forces them to match the previous portions whereas, if you ask for double meat off the bat, they’ll give you 2 slim portions of meat. Sour cream and cheese contain a lot of calories, fats and some protein: well worth getting. Guacamole too for that matter.
- Cutting: Skip those beans, go for chicken, load up on veggies and salsa, no sour cream, cheese or guac.
There is nothing redeeming here. It’s also my favorite fast food place. I like the nachos. But if I’m going to Taco Bell, I’m making a BAD bad decision here: this is purely for enjoyment. SIT DOWN DINNING
There are so many places out there, that I’m just going to give some general rules.
- BULKING: If they serve steak, get steak. Ribeyes are the fattiest cuts, but there really aren’t bad decisions here. Scout the sides: you’re most likely going to have to go with salads or veggies, but check the soup menu and see if chili is an option.
Otherwise, you know the drill here: lots of meat and veggies. It’s a great time to get a better quality burger and knife and fork it as well.
- CUTTING: Chicken breasts with veggies OR salads are the rule of law here, BUT, be careful with salads: they can often be the most loaded thing on the menu! It should be simple: lettuce and veggies with some kind of meat. When they start throwing in tons of tortilla strips, creamy dressing, nuts, bacon, etc etc, it can add up quick. Get dressing on the side (or no dressing, even better). If in doubt, ask how things are prepared. Often a menu will say something like “shrimp”, only to turn out to be deep fried shrimp. The chicken salad is a breaded patty. Etc etc.
I know this may be basic to many of you more experienced folks, but for myself, this came about after a long time spent just sorta finding my way through eating. I’m hoping you find it helpful (and I’m particularly proud of that subway meatball sub trick). Feel free to ask any clarifying questions.