Celestine Omin, a 28 years old software engineer from Lagos, Nigeria, claims that he was made to write a test by US airport immigration officers just to prove that he was telling the truth about his skills.
As we saw on the social networking site LinkedIn, he landed in New York’s JFK airport last Sunday after a long flight from Nigeria.
Celestine Omin narrates the whole story:
After being asked a series of questions by a US Customs and Border Protection officer, he was taken into a room for further checks.
“Your visa says you are a software engineer. Is that correct?” an officer is reported to have asked Mr Omin.
He says he was then given a piece of paper and a pen and told to answer these two questions to prove he is actually a software engineer:
“Write a function to check if a Binary Search Tree is balanced.”
“What is an abstract class, and why do you need it?”
Mr Omin told LinkedIn it seemed to him the questions had been “Googled” by “someone with no technical background”.
He said later on Twitter that he was “too tired to even think”, and told the officer they could “talk about other computer science concepts”.
After he handed back his answers, he was told by the officer that they were wrong. He said he presumed he was required to provide “the Wikipedia definition” for the questions.
However, he was even more surprised a little later when the officer told him he was “free to go”.
“Look, I am going to let you go, but you don’t look convincing to me,” said the officer, according to Mr Omin.
This is actually the find time such is being heard.