So, if resumes aren’t a good signal for hiring engineers, what is? In my blog, I wondered if, instead of a resume, it might be interesting to have people write a bit about something they built that they were excited about. I was excited, in turn, when my friends at KeepSafe actually decided to try this out — for a month, candidates who applied through KeepSafe’s No Resume campaign were evaluated purely on what they wrote about their projects, and this writing sample would be the only thing used to decide whether someone would get an interview
I’m in the middle of updating my hiring primer to more clearly capture this point, but I wanted to state it explicitly here:
The best thing you can possibly to do filter employees is hear them talk about what they’ve accomplished.
After that is probably checking references, and after that probably a work sample.
Resumes are way at the bottom. They’re almost worthless.