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When I'm interviewing experienced people, I usually gauge technical skill by picking something out of their resume and digging into it with questions. If they don't really understand what happened technically, it's immediately apparent (this is also how you catch inflated resumes). And if they do, I can just keep asking more questions to get a better sense of it.

This is far more real-world than a coding test, imho. Coding happens on the micro level, but understanding happens on the macro level.




Yeah this is much better.

This guy has the right approach imo: https://www.karllhughes.com/posts/rethinking-hiring


Thanks for sharing! I read this post and thought the same thing.

I'm honestly nervous that next time I have to go out and interview, I'll be in the same shoes as OP. Despite many years of managing software for small companies, I have no desire to go back and re-learn Leetcode just to get a job.


> This is far more real-world than a coding test, imho. Coding happens on the micro level, but understanding happens on the macro level.

But being able to map the macro to the micro is a vital part of being a competent SWE. This includes being an architect. If your plan only considers macro-issues, but is difficult to actually implement on a small scale, its not a good plan.

I want to gauge both, and a coding test is a good way to measure the micro.




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