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Job interviews in this industry have definitely gone down hill in the past few years. What used to be about determining character fit and general programming ability has been reduced to single method writing, doing logic puzzles and API memorization.

Resumes seem to be mostly useless, virtually no one actually reads them before the interview and they seem mostly not believed. In this way resumes become a kind of worm to dangle in front of the recruiter or HR fish, just enough to hook some interest, but are discarded afterwards. The actual contents are expected to be padded or invented so they may as well just say "DUDE KNOWS CODE".

Talking with references, particularly former coworkers who might know the candidates best, almost never happens and certainly not before an interview. I can understand a fear of talking with former employers, who are reluctant to say anything concrete; but why also ignore references given by the employee? Sure, some might lie but not everyone.

Sometimes companies require a test before they will talk with you, most of them are either too simple or can be easily looked up on the internet. Tests rarely demonstrate ability other than memorization anyway; I've know people who aced certification tests and were utterly unable to develop any useful applications. Certifications themselves seem mostly ignored as well, probably for this good reason.



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