Why I don’t do take-home technical challenges anymore

Recruiters on Linkedin

I work 8 hours a day, and I have 2 kids. As you can imagine, my time is quite limited. Yet, when a recruiter asks me to participate in a screening process, I make time for them. If I like the position, I do the effort and I put my energy into presenting and defending my candidacy. But to be fair, some recruiters have had my energy absolutely drained only to end up ghosting me or taking ages to respond. So from now on, let’s consider some assumptions:

  • I have more than 20 years of experience
  • There are products out there that include my many contributions
  • I have a long list of references and recommendations
  • I am not making up a whole career full of challenges…
  • …so, therefore, I am not doing any more take-home technical challenges or stupid quizzes just to prove I am not lying.

Enough of that. If you like my profile, let’s have a conversation about the value I could bring. Let’s talk about teaming up to achieve goals. Let’s see if our mutual expectations are a match.

If our relationship starts with you not trusting my word (backed up with tangible projects and references), then I’d say we’re not a match.

Please don’t take it personally, but some IT Recruiters really suck at what they do. Not saying it’s you, but I’ve had some really bad experiences as a candidate because of bad recruiting practices. I’ve written this blog post hoping to help with that, it’s called “(Most) IT Recruiters suck. Here’s how to fix it.” – Please read it, you’ll see what I expect from my dream company to do when they reach out with a job opportunity.

I don’t mean to be rude, pretentious, or arrogant. I am just a person who’s hit by recruiters quite often, and at some point, I became picky and less tolerant to bullshit. I hope you understand this.

Ready to contact me? I don’t bite!