Monday, January 18, 2016
Would fixing open-source problems help with job interviews?
I wanted to pass along a suggestion from Nolan Lawson on Twitter:
Instead of giving tech interviewees a take-home test, why not ask them to fix an open-source project bug? (and presumably publish).
I do recall taking an “in class” essay test at an interview in 1989 for a support job at Tyson’s. (I didn’t get it.) And USLICO (in early 1990) gave a test as part of the interview, which included writing a few sequences of COBOL and assembler code. Everybody hired, it was said, had written a good test.
The language certification tests (especially java) are a big deal, in the code that has to be written for them.
Picture: no, it’s not about the license plate, but the sign, where a real estate developer says “student wanted”. Sounds like a come-on. Get a degree in flipping houses? (Location: southern Prince Georges County, MD).