job screening question

William Herrin bill at
Thu Jul 5 17:35:17 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM, David Coulson <david at> wrote:
> That's a horrible question for a non-technical HR person to pose to a
> candidate - It's impossible for the candidate to ask clarifying questions to
> make sure they understand what you are looking for, plus you may have a
> strong candidate who gets it wrong (for whatever reason), but if they were
> talking to a technical person you would realize they were 99% of the way
> there. What if they said "it would cause the generation of port-unreachable
> ICMP packets to cease, and applications may hang until they timeout"? Not
> the answer you're looking for, but not wrong either.

Hi David,

To clarify: I asked HR to forward me the candidate's answer along with
their resume. Just in case of answers like that one. Which would be
more than enough to proceed to a phone screen directly with me.


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