POSE A REAL CHALLENGE & THEN EVALUATE
Now that the soft skills are in vogue, starting from the game changing emotional intelligence, that even the hard skills have gone the soft way. And the soft skills have become softer to the extent that its got limited to the nice, repeatable expressions in the CV. While this Silent Soft Revolution was on, the evaluating agencies starting taken the super smooth route. Standard content, rote and omitting and you are through.
Writing of a software what is called coding cannot be learned the soft way. Starting from the basics in schools, it has blossom into a tool, which can provide solutions to the biggest problems of mankind. Where is the student / candidate in that trajectory? Do we even know the trajectory? One simple question is never asked, how fast does Developer 1 understand a complex domain problem? What domains is he comfortable with? Software is just a tool! The only way to evaluate is to give real life problems and to evaluate on it. The tragedy is that there are not many takers of this challenge. And from the evaluators side, we have not been able to list out sample problems with the complexity rating.
In a totally different arena is the critical soft skill of communication, so desperately required, is successfully camouflaged in every CV as excellent communication skills – excellent; written and oral. When you talk about the coders, their professors say, they are not articulate. One project manager when asked to present after about 4 years of work could not explain what he was doing. If they were to write a 3000 word resume with specifics connecting to real life issues of the problem solved or being worked in an exam environment, it would throw up the right talent.
If you could test the oral communication skills with a Radio Jockey you will be able to make out his depth. If you needed more leave him with the a nagging customer, the student’s evaluation would be complete. If anything is left, leave him for public speaking in the same domain conference. There are wide and varied ways by which talent, merit, skills and expertise can be tested, provided we intent to.
SOLVING EVEN THE SIMPLEST OF REAL WORLD PROBLEMS PUTS YOU ON A DIFFERENT PEDESTAL.