Saturday, June 4, 2011

Have you ever typed code on a job interview? Results

As more established bloggers have argued before, there is something essentially wrong with job interviews in our industry. Software companies hire developers without even making them touch a keyboard. As long as you talk the walk you are able to land yourself a decent position. There are complete lists of .NET interview questions out there, which should, with enough preparation, make it possible for a somewhat technologiable person to ace the average .NET interview.

To get an idea of the state of job interviews today, I asked Twitter and the Reddit crowd about their experiences.

The questions asked were:
  • Have you ever typed code on a job interview?
  • If you did, how often?
  • Where are you from?
I used this survey to gather the responses.

The survey has received 1360 answers so far.

Out of those 1360 developers, only 45% has ever typed code on a job interview.

To make things worse, of those 45%, only a small percentage had to do it often.

So, I wonder, if you were in a position to hire developers, would you make them code? Would you at least make them solve FizzBuzz? If you are in a position to call the shots, why aren't you making us type?

Do you think there is a correlation between making interviewees type and the programming language? Are small companies more likely to make you type? Are great companies more likely to make you type?

More analytics

I also did the math per continent. Turns out there are differences, but they are marginal and probably sample size related. The sample size for Africa and Asia was the smallest.






1 comment:

  1. I've read that FizzBuzz post a couple of years ago and never found it back, until now!

    Thanks a lot!!