My team is always looking for ways to improve the interview process. We want to avoid the perils that come with whiteboard coding but still evaluate the candidate’s coding skills. Usually during the process, we come away with a clear “heck yeah!” or “no”. But occasionally we just can’t tell. After reading The One Method I’ve Used to Eliminate Bad Tech Hires, we decided to add a paid, take home exercise as part of the interview for these candidates.
Back when I started interviewing, I read many articles including Jeff Atwood’sdescribing the now ubiquitous FizzBuzz. My team and I all thought it would be a good thing to add to our interviews because the truth is always in the code, right? I’ll be honest, the first ten or twenty times I asked a candidate to complete FizzBuzz during an interview, I felt sheepish about it. It seemed too easy and a bit like we were going through the motions.