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Improving development hiring

When applying to development jobs, you're often asked to do a coding test to prove that you know what you're doing. I think this is terrible and here are better ways to figure out if someone is a good fit for the job, the team, and the company:

1. Trial period of a few weeks

Let the developer work together with your developers in a team on real projects, just as if the developer was already hired. Coding is only 5% of the job. Communication skills, team work, and culture fit are so much more important. A person can learn how to code, but not learn how to be a team player, and a person to perfectly for in your company. Hire based on team fit, not just coding skills.

2. Open source work

Has the applicant worked on any personal projects? Perfect! Use that to judge the programming skills. It's much better to look at code that a person enjoyed writing then code that's being forced into a limited timeframe. Look at how they comment their code, and whether they take care of something simple as a consistent coding style and formatting. A passionate and organized developer is what you want, don't judge them by the forced positivity of a coding test.

Posted on: January 25th, 2019

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