re: Are Technical Interviews a good measure of software engineering ability? VIEW POST

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I’d say it heavily depends on what the candidate can show before the interview started. 30 projects on github and golden badge in the language of the choice on stack overflow would definitely make the whiteboard ...hhhm redundant.

On the other hand, if the candidate has nothing to show upfront, I would definitely do the whiteboard. After all, they check your driver license before hiring you as a taxi-driver.

 

I would still prefer to hire someone with communication and social skills, than someone that is a "ninja" and only knows to output code. We need humans, not machines.

 

People without rock solid communication and social skills are indeed still human beings, not machines, in the first place. If abusing them for the lack of communication skills is not a harassment, I don’t know what is.

Also, I am a software engineer, not a cheerleaders manager. We run a business that requires strong technical skills and (surprisingly enough) does not require strong social skills. So I test for what is really required, not for what is written in modern era motivational bullshit books. And you know what? The social environment is better when developers can share their interests, not just smile one at another because of “great social and communication skills.”

Developers sharing their interests is a communication skill. All the people I met with golden badges on stackoverflow do it during business hours while being paid to deliver other type of business value. Also, I've worked in strong technical environments and is not as funny as working on a mixed one where you can cheerlead juniors and so forth.

do it during business hours while being paid to deliver other type of business value

You understand basically nothing about what people are being paid for.

Also, people with golden badges spend the same or less amount of time on SO compared to people living there to get answers to anything.

And, the last but not least, to blame authoritative SO answerers for whatever one should stop using their answers upfront in the first place, otherwise it looks too unfair.

It seems you understand/know basically everything, that would be a first step to not work with someone like you. That's why social is so much important, even maybe more than technical.

Feel free to share your ideas on what is important with your boss.

You are both right, first you mustn't discriminate on a persons lack of social skills, but also you shouldn't ignore persons inability to emotionaly undestand and work thogether in a team as part of a team!

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