• Chinmay Kulkarni, over 1 year ago

    Depends on what your definition of "small" is. 1 hour, 3 hours, 3 days?

    What are you aiming to find out about this candidate that you won't be able to find out through their portfolio?

    The issue with small projects like this is that they might not be indicative of the candidate's actual skill level. The candidate could a be a good designer when given sufficient time, whilst not performing well under 'test' conditions. The candidate could also be more concerned with 'selling' their project to the interviewer in order to get a job, than actually making something that works well. So they'll add fancy bells and whistles which don't always result a good project.

    That being said, I haven't formed a proper opinion on whether these designs tests are beneficial or not yet -- just thought I'd put my 2 cents in.

    Good luck with your hiring process!

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    • James ZerkelJames Zerkel, over 1 year ago

      Thanks for sharing you thoughts Chinmay! I've done a fair amount of research since I posted this and it seems the general consensus is that design challenges/tests have limited value in the hiring process. After hearing some stories and the reality that it is a kind of spec work, I'm inclined to agree. A better use of everyone's time is to do a deeper dive on the portfolio projects the candidates bring to the interviews. This allows them to demonstrate their competence and process in a domain they have experience in.

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