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Doug the Coder

Story time. In my previous company I was tasked with interviewing new programming candidates. Due to there not being much of a screening process beforehand I often found myself interviewing people who had barely touched a computer, let alone been developers. I developed a simple theory test for candidates to take, and only interviewed people with at least a 50% mark.

Some sample questions: Write a function that takes 2 string parameters, compares them, and returns the longer of the two. What is the difference between a class and an object? etc.

I deliberately kept the test to just the basics. I find if someone has a solid grasp on the basics of programming, they can learn anything else that is needed.

The average score on the test was 30%.