[Chicago] Sanity Check

Daniel Griffin dgriff1 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 06:25:49 CET 2010

I don't like it when they use it as their filter. They should take the time
to read resumes and call the people they want to talk to.

I do think it's a great way to decide if someone is the right fight. The
ideal is a problem that should take a few hours and they can view your repo
and see what you did.

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM, Brian Curtin <brian.curtin at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 22:04, <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
>> Where I work (a trading firm), we routinely give tests to prospective
>> software developers and quantitative analysts.  For the most part the aim
>> is
>> to understand how people approach problems, not whether they necessarily
>> get
>> the correct answer.  (Some of the questions don't have one correct answer
>> anyway.)  In fact, we often consider candidates with no previous financial
>> industry experience.  In those cases if we ask a finance-oriented question
>> we really and truly are interested in seeing how they approach the
>> problem.
>> The host goes over the test with the candidate, again, with an aim to
>> understand how they think.  It's not treated like a 30-minute quiz in your
>> college calculus class.
>> Skip
> This type of thing I can get on board with. I didn't get the feeling that
> Pete's questions are done in this way, but maybe I was wrong.
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