Technical tests; a common part of the interview process for many companies, but are they adding value to your process or deterring top talent from applying to your roles?
Do they provide employers with the insight they need? Do they enhance the interview experience for the candidate? We’ve weighed up the pros and cons of this interview tool to figure out if tech tests are all they’re cracked up to be.
Tech tests are an objective way of measuring an individual’s ability, although some argue that they place too much focus on a technical pass or fail and neglect hiring on aptitude and competencies. With Google’s former head of HR stating that “test scores are worthless”, there is debate around their value in the recruitment process. Here’s some drawbacks of technical tests:
It’s not all bad though; there are a lot of positives surrounding technical tests. In a survey by Stack Overflow, it was found that 87,000 professional developers had taught themselves a new language, framework or tool; something that can’t be represented by a university degree, certified qualification or direct job experience that can be displayed on a traditional CV. This shows the benefit of a tech test in measuring practical skill, rather than simply judging someone based on conventional qualifications. Here’s some other pros of the interview tool:
Like anything, there are benefits and drawbacks to tech testing as part of the interview process. If positioned effectively, and designed well, they can be a great tool to help make better hiring decisions. If technical testing is part of your interview process, consider these points:
If you’re utilising technical tests as a part of your interview process, sites such as HackerRank and TestDome are great for designing tests ranging from creating solutions, analysing code or fixing a bug. If you’re a candidate with a tech test coming up, there are some really useful sites to practice on including Coderbyte and Code Signal which are great for learning how different tech tests work. If you’re looking for more advice on how to ace your next interview check out our blogs on interview success and top tips for assessment days and group exercises.
This post first appeared on the ISL Recruitment blog.