|So like lots of folks I get a crap ton of mail from recruiters, although since I have 'VP' in my title much of it is recruiters trying to 'sell me' on candidates. This sets up an interesting dynamic, its a pain to try to figure out from the chopped up and 'anonymized' resume if the candidate is any good, and if you do ask them to send you the name its still a pain to figure out if they are worth talking to.|
My new strategy is this, ask the recruiter to send the candidate programmer a programming task. Have them send me the results, an explanation of the results, and an analysis of the requirements. (fundamental skills that anyone who wants to get an onsite interview has to have).
So if you're an engineer and the recruiter asks if you'd be willing to do this exercise to see if the job is a good fit, are you ok with that? angry? curious?