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1) describe themselves in a thousand words or less
2) write up a mock outage report
3) pitch something new to "the team"
just to submit their CV seems a little much. Pass.
I love take-home style interviews. They're without exception the most informative for both the interviewee and the company: much more can be conveyed than in a hour face-to-face, and it's less stressful both to produce and to review, and just plain less painful to schedule.
Doing it before the in-person stage is a little unusual (maybe after the first phonecall, to confirm it's not a waste of time for a position that's already filled, etc, would make more sense?), but I respect the idea.
To date, we've had a single person skip those questions and still submit. This person was not a qualified applicant.
Based on the applications we've received this very minimal list of requirements appears to be working as desired. We're interested in employees who are going to do the best work of their careers. I'm okay with having a slightly higher bar (in terms of application effort) for that type of person.
Asking people to jump through hoops is not raising any kind of bar.