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Discussion on: Coding Tests Eliminate Some of the Best Candidates

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

Great points! And it sounds like you have a very reasoned and fair process for evaluating candidates. That's quite an accomplishment - because few do.

At the risk of oversimplifying what you've written, I think it really comes down to this:

There aren't any "wrong" questions or "wrong" tests if you (the interviewer / hiring manager) have the right (meaning: reasonable) expectations and have a professional, mature way to parse the submissions.

As you pointed out, you can ask candidates to answer questions that they can't reasonably answer - as long as you know that and you're fair about parsing the answers you do receive. There's value in almost any kind of hiring process - but too many times, the hiring managers don't understand the value and expect the wrong things.