re: Engineering whiteboard interviews: yay or nay? VIEW POST


Technical tests of all kinds are great for people just starting out in the industry but once you have a CV with 4 or 5 years with references you have already proved yourself. When I'm looking for a role now, if they ask me to do a technical test, unless it's a company I really like, I politely declined and explain my reasoning. 9 times out of 10 this is acceptable to the employers and they see my point.


once you have a CV with 4 or 5 years with references you have already proved yourself

Not all jobs are created equal though. Someone who spent 5 years as part of a big team working in an enterprise environment might have very different strengths and weaknesses from someone who only worked in early stage startups.


You'd be surprised. A lot of the time the real talent is actually snapped up by startups as they are the ones driving innovation. You'll find that those working in an enterprise environment typically tend to be behind the curve and stagnate.

Exactly my experience, I only worked in startups or agencies myself.

I think you misunderstood my comment: What I tried to say was that after 4-5 years you have not automatically proved yourself for a new position. If those 5 years were in an enterprise environment, you might not be the best fit for a startup since you may be used to a slower pace, different stack and definitely a different working culture. The other way around no matter how much you learned in startups, you may not be able to deal with a more rigorous process, bigger teams etc. Hence "different strengths and weaknesses".

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