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I'm afraid I can also only offer anecdata. Mine is based on hiring and then working with dozens of SW engs since 2008 (my first tech lead role), plus our student Incubator and open source projects (dozens of more junior devs).

The correlation between emphasis on simple, elegant design and code and algorithmic chops is indeed uncanny.

And I'd add "clarity of articulation" to that -- being able to express your thoughts and the problem/solution structure clearly and succinctly is a great indicator as well. Huge overlap with both code maintainability and algo quality.




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