Modern problems of job search

The interview process for developers is constantly evolving, but not always in a positive direction. My own experiences with numerous interviews have highlighted common issues that require attention and reevaluation from both employers and candidates. Here are some key aspects that, in my opinion, deserve a deeper analysis.


Theory vs. Practice

The gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills is a critical challenge in the IT field. Theory is undoubtedly the foundation for understanding basic principles and technologies, but its value diminishes without the ability to effectively apply this knowledge in real-world projects. This is especially noticeable in the dynamic world of software development, where technologies are constantly evolving, and it is important to not only know the theory but also to be able to quickly adapt this knowledge to new conditions and challenges.



Test Tasks

Test tasks require careful review as they often do not adequately reflect the candidate's real abilities, but instead, create additional stress and disappointment. The frustration can intensify when, after tasks performed at a good level, the response is that the choice was made in favor of candidates with more experience, or when feedback is absent or superficial, leaving the impression of a careless review of the work done. Such approaches not only demotivate candidates but also leave them without valuable feedback for self-improvement.


Live Coding

Live coding can be an effective method of assessment, but its application requires caution. It is important that this process is aimed at revealing the candidate's ability to adapt and solve problems in a dynamic environment, rather than just focusing on syntax proficiency. For example, I personally experience significant discomfort when having to program outside my usual code editor, and the presence of an evaluator and the need to quickly comprehend a task under pressure can lead to forgetting even the basics of syntax. This underscores the need for an approach that focuses more on logic and problem-solving than on impeccable code presentation.



Conclusion

Rethinking the approach to interviews in the IT sector requires a joint effort. Employers should focus on the relevance of questions and tasks, based on the specific needs of the project, rather than on universal tests. On the other hand, candidates should strive for a balanced development of both theoretical and practical skills.

Oleg Tkach
Oleg Tkach
03.04.2024