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  • Are you sure you're testing programming skill and not just test taking ability? I ask because I'm a really good test taker and I know how much that slants the odds. If you sat me down with a programming manual for a language I'd never touched I bet I could beat an average test taker with one year of experience in the language. Would that mean I'd be the better guy for the job? Probably not!

    Also, did you make them write it down on paper? I absolutely hate trying to program in pen. I've been tempted t

    • Good question. The questions are here [] and we do ask that they sketch out the answer to the second question. The rest we can just discuss as I want to know how they think, not necessarily whether or not they get the answer right. Now, if I had difficult questions, I think this could be more problematic.

      As for test taking ability, to a certain extent, some of us could argue that this is what all programming is about. The boss runs in screaming "Oh shoot! The knerflebitz aren't fribitgizting! What do we do?" That, to me, is a test. There's time pressure, you can fail, and you wonder why you're sitting in front of the teacher instead of out playing. If you can perform well under pressure, I like that.