I think there’s a weird slippery slope here. If I currently have a job and I am applying for one or two jobs, then it’s quite probable that I can spend 2 to 8 hours doing prep work. These are jobs that I care about more than my current job (because I’m willing to move), so this is probably a fair investment.

Frankly, I have 15 years in the field, you’re an ex-CTO, this may be all we have to deal with for the rest of our careers. And I like the basic premise.

But what happens for people who don’t have jobs? Or have part-time jobs but are under-employed?

If this thing catches on, then it’s going to become a gating mechanism for every developer job in existence. New grads will be faced with hundreds of hours of “take-home” work that goes into the same black hole as their resumés.

You’ll notice how the description of the coding exercise involves “grading”, but not “feedback”. If your coding exercise fails to meet the grade, what happens next? How many hours is an inexperienced programmer expected to spend sending in exercises with no response to dozens of big companies?

Again, I think this is a step in the right direction, but it’s also fraught with its own pitfalls.

    Gaëtan Voyer-Perrault

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