re: How would you test for coding skills? VIEW POST


Have you considered coding with them in the interview?


Yeah, live coding interview can be great. Whiteboard coding exercises as well.


No, I haven't considered coding with them. Here's the reason why. To me, coding is about being able to elegantly express an abstract solution in code; this is different from programming IMO. This depends on the fluency in a language. (What if the interviewer and interviewee have a common language? Can you program in Groovy? ;)) I believe such fluency can be acquired with curiosity, a bit of hard work, and transferring concepts from one language to another. So, I test for problem solving and approach to problem solving in in-person interviews, which will cover the above aspects.

Do I code with my team, review their code, and have them review mine? Yes.

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