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Dear recruiters - please don't do this..

So, I have recently resigned from the company that I work for and started looking for a new one.

I sent out my resume to a few interesting senior PHP developer recruitment ads that I saw online and one recruiter scheduled me for an initial interview.

The interview went well and I was able to answer all of the questions she asked me. I was also able to ask couple of questions myself.

So she scheduled me for a technical exam which she will send the details through the email.

Couple of hours later I received the email with the instructions for the technical exam. I was drinking soda while reading the email and I almost choked when I got to this part:

Create the following:

A web app that does CRUD with authentication and user roles using PHP/Laravel + React.JS. Create APIs, using PHP/Laravel, that is consumed by your mobile app (React Native, iOS preferably otherwise Android). Add features that will impress us to showcase your skills, expertise, and experience. Examples below:

  • payment gateway (Paypal, preferably Stripe)
  • maps / navigation (Google Maps, Here, etc.)
  • social media (SSO, automatic posting, etc.)
  • machine learning / AI (facial recognition, eye tracking, etc.)
  • blockchain / cryptocurrency
  • digital signature, image processing, etc.
  • SMS / email integration
  • real-time, push notification (chat for example)
  • may use any other external or 3rd party API integrations

My first thoughts were, Are they serious?! Are they really asking me to implement Payment Gateway, Navigation, Machine Learning/AI, Blockchain/Cryptocurrency on a freaking technical exam to IMPRESS THEM?!

Dear recruiters, please do not do this. This is equivalent to me applying as a dentist and you're asking me to perform a brain surgery as a technical exam just so I could impress you. This is like asking me to develop a product MVP on my technical exam.

This is giving me an impression that you either do not know what you're looking for from a senior developer, or you have no idea what these technologies are. If you have no idea what skillsets to look for from a candidate, then ask some one who has expertise on the field, like other senior developers. And I am 100% sure they will not include Blockchain or Machine Learning from that list.

Marvin Quezon

Full Stack Web Developer
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