Why I don’t do take-home technical challenges anymore
As a professional with over 20 years of experience and numerous contributions to various products, my time is valuable. I am a dedicated worker and father, working 8 hours a day while raising two children. Despite my limited time, I make an effort to participate in screening processes when approached by recruiters for positions that interest me.
However, I have had experiences where recruiters have not respected my time or efforts, leading to a draining and unproductive process. As such, I have established certain expectations for my interactions with recruiters.
I have a wealth of experience, references, and recommendations that speak to my capabilities and achievements. I am no longer willing to participate in take-home technical challenges or quizzes as a means of proving my qualifications. Instead, I am interested in having a conversation about the value I can bring to a company and how we can work together to achieve our goals.
It is important to me that our relationship is built on trust and mutual respect. If there is doubt about my qualifications or experience, despite the evidence I provide, then it is unlikely that we will be a good match.
I do not mean to be rude or arrogant; I am simply being selective about the opportunities I pursue. I have written a blog post entitled “(Most) IT Recruiters suck. Here’s how to fix it” that outlines my expectations for the recruiting process. I hope you will take the time to read it and understand my perspective.
Thank you for considering my candidacy.