Recent months have seen seemingly constant calls for “extreme vetting” of immigrants and refugees coming into the United States from Middle Eastern and African countries. It now appears that this “extreme vetting” may have reached a new high.
A 28 year old Nigerian man named Celestine Omin was coming to America as part of the start up Andela, which helps American technology companies and firms to find qualified talent from Africa. This firm was launched largely by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and is extremely competitive to be entered into.
Upon being set to begin work at a location for the firm in New York City, Omin was detained by US customs and immigration officials, this was his first time entering the country. He claims he was brought into a private room where he was asked very technical questions about engineering, presumably to determine if he was in fact an engineer.
He told LinkedIn that some questions he was asked included:
“Write a function to check if a Binary Search Tree is balanced,” as well as, “What is an abstract class, and why do you need it?”
Omin stated he believed these questions were asked not by experienced software engineers. Rather, they appeared to be what the results would with a Google search of, “Questions to ask a software engineer.” After answering some of the questions, the engineer was reportedly told his answers were incorrect.
Eventually though, he was free to leave and was permitted to continue onto his destination. This did not come before hours of further questioning about technical questions of his field.
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