Linked by snydeq on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 18:41 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses the use of quizzes and brain-teasers in evaluating potential software development hires, a practice that seems to be on the rise. 'The company best known for this is Google. Past applicants tell tales of a head-spinning battery of coding problems, riddles, and brain teasers, many of which seem only tangential to the task of software development. Other large companies have similar practices -- Facebook and Microsoft being two examples,' McAllister writes. 'You'll need to assess an applicant's skill in one way or another, but it's also possible to take the whole interview-testing concept too far. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when crafting your test questions, to avoid slamming the door on candidates unnecessarily.'
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by GCrain on Fri 4th Nov 2011 16:55 UTC
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I find these tests completely idiotic. It sounds like something from the HR admin came up with. I often interview candidates in a group setting and find that just talking in depth, asking questions, trying to really understand their interest in the subject matter. It becomes clear who's who. Some engineers do it for the love and some do it because they were smart and didn't know what else to get a degree in.

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