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Software Engineer 2 years ago

Secretary problem optimization: interviewing with 7 companies before choosing

Also known as the fussy suitor problem, and I am a fussy suitor. So how many companies should I optimally interview with before theres diminishing returns? The logic being you don't want to accept your first offer but you dont want to just keep interviewing either. A friend was saying 7 is the optimal number. They had this formula: 

Do you want to choose at best among a number of take-or-leave alternatives that you don’t know beforehand? Then:

  1. reject approximately the first N/2.7 alternatives
  2. choose the next one that outdoes all those seen so far

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_problem
Secretary problem - Wikipedia

Secretary problem - Wikipedia

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Hdin82wirJsnekkxYSoftware Engineer 2 years ago
I’d optimize my sanity and interview with 4-5.
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