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|+title: We have one hour to ship|
|+We sat hunched over a laptop in a well-lit room. I explained the programming challenge without looking away from the computer screen. From the corner of my eye, I saw the candidate nodding along. Then I turned to him, slid the laptop over, and smiled as I said, "We have one hour to ship a solution to this problem. You drive".|
|+This is how I interview software developers. After experimenting with different styles and techniques, I have found that simulating an hour of real work will give me the best feedback on a candidate. But most important of all, it answers my main questions:|
|+* 1) Can they work as a team?|
|+* 2) Can they get things done?|
|+* 3) Skill wise, where are they now and where can I take them?|
|+In my experience, questions 1 and 2 are rarely answered during an interview cycle. It shouldn't have to be that way. Invest an hour and get the surprises out the way.|
|+After all, what better way to find out if they can do the job than actually doing it?|