What are hiring managers looking for in take-home assessments?
February 17,2023 at 6:03PM UTC
So, I am currently on the hunt for a new job. Usually, I am asked to show examples of work, but during this job search I have been asked more and more to complete a take-home assessment, usually with a quick turnaround time (like 24 or 48 hours).
I know some people say not to work for free, but I don't mind the assessments because it allows me to see if I can do the job (or even want to, assuming that the task is similar to something I am doing).
I also do not mind the quick turnaround time because it makes it finite and limits the number of hours I can put into it before having to send off the result.
In my line of work, they usually fall in line with assignments like this:
Write code or a short program that does something (like a TODO app).
Create a README for the code.
Write documentation to explain this technical concept.
I make sure I follow instructions, answer the prompt fully, and proofread. If a time limit like 'this should take no more than 1 hour' is provided I try to respect it, but inevitably double that time.
But what are hiring managers really looking for in these take-home assessments?
With such a quick turnaround, they often are not absolutely perfect (but as perfect as I can do in the time limit and I try my best), so if they expect fast food style perfection, I know I am falling short.
But what are hiring managers actually looking for with these assessments?
I am hoping that if I understand better what they are looking for, I can maximize the limited amount of time I have and do a a better job.
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