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By rprince ·
Can anyone suggest a PC based Developers test for use in judging a prospective new hire's technical proficiency. We are a VB, ACCESS 97/2000 shop. Currently we are using a verbal test and I've gotten feedback that some candidates are having a problem understanding the interviewer. We are in NYC and work with many nationalities, therefore I think a PC based test will be more fair..

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by JoOehrlein In reply to Developer technical inter ...

1. Consider whether understanding the interviewer is an important part of the job. Will the programmers be required to work with users? Is the interviewer typical of the other users as far as communication abilities?

2. If you do decide to go to a written test, what's the matter with giving the candidates a written copy of what you're asking now verbally? That should clear up any problems understanding the person speaking. Then, decide if you want the answers orally or written.

3. A PC based test will judge what someone else thinks is important. It may ask questions on things you will never use in your shop. Questions that you write yourself can be customized to your situation.

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by donq In reply to Developer technical inter ...

I always carried run-time examples with me on disk - then later I demowed my samples on my laptop.

You have a difficult task because knowing Access VBA-DAO and VBA-ADO doesn't mean the prospect knows didly about data modeling and/or normalization. Asking questions about user provided samples does NOT leave them much room to "fudge"- either they understand or they are showing you someone elses work, or they are junior level developers.

Transcender (on the net as transender) sell excellent PC tests to evaluate heavy hitters and if your interviewer has trouble with English that he/she can't overcome using Access - do you really want them?

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by DGLundman In reply to Developer technical inter ...

Check out http://www.brainbench.com
There are a number of websites like this one.
I haven't found any that are perfect. But, depending on your budget, they may be an improvement. This site charges employers or employees on a per test basis and the test taker needs internet access.

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by DGLundman In reply to Developer technical inter ...

You might find the TechRepublic Article "Pros and cons of psychological testing", Nov 22, 2000, by Bob Weinstein, interesting. By using an outside testing agency to determine skills, you may be avoiding possible problems created by doing 'in-house'tests.

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by rprince In reply to Developer technical inter ...

Thanks to all that offered suggested solutions to our question. The suggestions were varied, and provide a wide range of solutions, all of which I will present to my peers as we are going to define our method for 'teching' developers going forward.

Rich...

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