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Discussion on: A list of assignments I was given when interviewing for companies.

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David Velasco • Edited

In my opinion, the problem here is an old one: the golden hammer approach. In this case, applied to recruitment and hiring.

Technical assignments can be a valuable measure of competence. These might even be welcomed by a candidate when there is no combination of previous projects to show, references that vouch for skills, and a clear experience record. In this situation, both the employer and candidate have an even field to assess and demonstrate applied knowledge, respectively.

However, I too believe their value is overrated in many situations, especially when a good personal interview and a careful review of previous experience in the field should be sufficient.

This opinion comes from someone who has never been X years in a single industry. For me, assignments have been and still are useful. For many other folks around here, probably not so much.