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Discussion on: Love Them or Hate Them, Coding Exercises Are an Essential Part of Software Engineering Interviews

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Tyler Hawkins Author

Absolutely. The better the coding exercise models the actual work you'd be doing in the job, the better of a predictor the test is.

Google found that a "work sample test" (i.e. whiteboard questions, take-home assignments, any sort of coding for software engineering jobs) was the best predictor of job performance and was able to account for 29% of the candidate's actual job performance.

(source: Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock)