That the market is full of code testing and technical testing is not new, is it? This can become a problem because recruiters and CTOs have so many options to choose from that it is difficult to find the ideal one… And we ask ourselves: Is there a way to make better technical tests?
And we answer: There is. (We are doing well with the dialogues with ourselves).
We have been studying the pains of hiring processes in the tech sector for some time, and with the aim of optimizing and improving them, we have noticed the importance of technical tests that pose specificreal-world problems to the developer (aka what they will encounter in their -future- day-to-day job).
We want to review here 5 reasons why it is worth doing this kind of test in any hiring process. By the way, it’s not fancy, it’s Rviewer, and you can try it for free right now 😏
Reduce contracting times
Code testing based on real-world problems not only allows you to evaluate a candi’s level of coding, it also allows you to evaluate their technical acumen and reduce hiring times.
That is, by targeting tests to specific problems, you can begin to understand the tester’s reasoning process, their ability to find shorcuts in their work, or ingenious solutions. These types of skills should be identified in later interviews when technical testing is standard (this involves much more process time 😬).
If you orient the test to real problems, you already have insights from the first moment and you can spend the time you save on more thorough interviews 🙂
Improve the user experience
But we don’t say it ourselves, eh? This is something that both devs and companies have told us: the user experience improves a lot when using this kind of technical test!
First, because they are more interesting (it was clear, wasn’t it?). Second, because they ask you for a specific goal and you have to create something that has a practical function (who doesn’t like to do something useful?). Third, because developers can learn from them (win-win? yass!).
Thus, the rate of people completing the test is higher. In fact, on our platform 9 out of 10 developers finish the technical tests sent to them. Moreover, within the same platform, they have the possibility to defend their work in text or video, and each technical test is led by a leading Tech Mentor in the industry.
Assess more skills than expected
Technical tests based on real-world challenges offer much more insights than virtual white boards or puzzle-based tests. On the one hand, you discover the technical ability of a candi to write code, and on the other hand you observe other skills that are also important in an engineering team.
In addition to technical acumen, discussed in the previous point, you can see how he/she organizes his/her work and the execution of it. If you propose, for example, to create a simulated product, you will see how he has structured the solution, how clearly he/she has done it and if he/she is able to defend it verbally. In other words, you can already see the communication skills of the candi and his/her skills when it comes to managing closed projects.
Cool, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂
Reduce unsuccessful hires
One of the big pains of the tech sector when hiring candidates is not to evaluate correctly and end up hiring someone who is not suitable for the job. Beware! Taking a step back when you have already hired is something that can be very expensive for the company!
Coding tests oriented to real world problems help to reduce this rate of failed hires by offering, as we mentioned, much more data and insights about the candidate in the moments before the final interview 🙂
Going deeper into Rviewer’s technical tests
On our Rviewer platform, we have designed the entire flow for devs to have a pleasant and personal experience with your company.
First, an industry-leading Tech Mentor gives a video introduction to the technical test that the developer must perform: from creating a Spotify-style app to programming a trading tool. The Tech Mentor is present throughout the whole process, since at the end of the technical test, the dev can watch a video of its resolution.
In addition, each candi, once he/she has solved the technical test, has the opportunity to defend it by recording him/herself or in writing. He/she will be able to explain his/her reasoning and add richness and dimension to the evaluation.
At the end of the process, the company receives a complete technical report that includes these added elements that help to detail the candidate’s profile and provide clarity when making decisions about whether to hire him/her or not.
Not bad, is it 😉 😉.