Today in the testers.io slack channel a discussion kicked off regarding the hiring process of many orgs and the inclination towards using some form of logical or reasoning test to determine a candidates viability for a role.
In particular, I raised as a potential candidate, one particular aspect of job hunting I have found frustrating is the amount of orgs which insist on some form of logical reasoning tests or equivalent.
These tend to come in the shape of logic puzzles, riddles or some other variant in my experience, these are “out of the blue” and kept somewhat mysterious until the actual day of arrival for onsite interview - making it incredibly difficult to prepare for. To me, these are activities which must be practiced in advance and in all honestly, I feel that they are of little relevance to the job in question and a poor assessment of ones ability to perform the job in question.
Personally, I am an advocate of assessing ones attitude towards learning and current technical ability within a specific context as opposed to generic tests like I have mentioned above.
In the event you are going for a role in which you know one of these tests are coming - what advise would you give? For example, a logic puzzle or any other type of reasoning test - i.e logical, numeric, verbal etc.
In addition to the above question in particular been keen to hear:
How do you feel about hiring processes which involve these types of tests? Do you feel you get better candidates as a results of running candidates through these types of tests?
If not, what type of interview process do you believe gets the best candidates?