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While interviewing, can I select a less verbose language like Python even though the role has requirement for eg:Java?

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Mid-Level Software Engineer [SDE 2] at Amazon21 days ago

I am not that efficient in switching language (afraid I might mess up the syntax for Eg which is not used daily at job) for an interview if I have been practicing in eg: Python for the last month

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    21 days ago

    You should just ask the recruiter (and double confirm with the interviewer when the round comes). Some roles/interviewers are more flexible than others. At Meta, I allowed candidates to use any language they wanted, but back in my day, most new engineers went through bootcamp so they shouldn't have been tied to any 1 language.

    What I will say though is that if the role is a heavy Java role and you aren't able to write good enough interview Java, it's not likely you would be able to write production-level Java were you to get the job.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    21 days ago

    For the most part, yes. I'd phrase this to the interviewer as:

    I prefer Python for interviews since it's less verbose, but I can get by in Java as well. LMK if you'd like me to switch.