The Non-Programming Programmer with a stunning look at how many interviewees misrepresent their abilities.Every entrepreneur will tell you that recruiting the right candidate is important. While startups are constantly trying to find programmers that mesh well with their culture, team and work-style, one article suggests that companies still struggle finding candidates that know how to program at all. Jeff Atwood published a post this morning entitled,
Says Atwood, "I am stunned, but not entirely surprised, to hear that 'the vast majority' of so-called programmers who apply for a programming job interview are unable to write the smallest of programs... It's the equivalent of attempting to hire a truck driver and finding out that 90 percent of the job applicants can't find the gas pedal or the gear shift."
Today he points to Mike Lin's See[Mike]Code as an excellent screening resource. Lin's site allows you to watch candidates program in real-time. Those that complete the 10 line programming test are then considered for an in-person interview. These tests can potentially save a company alot of money as many in-person meetings require springing for airfare and a hotel room. Other good screening resources might be found in a candidate's GitHub profile or in links to their contributions to open source projects.