Stephanie Giovannini (7/21/2015)
I've been conducting technical phone interviews for my employer. I've noticed the interviewees reading answers off the Internet. Of course they do! Some of them are very obvious about it and some are less so. Everything I could think to ask as a generic technical question is already posted somewhere, short of providing example problems, which is not feasible in a phone conversation with someone who barely understands me in the first place.
With fluent English speakers, I can have a conversation about the technology and their past experience and get a feel for how much technical knowledge the interviewee is able to apply in his/her work. However, almost all of my phone interviews are with Asians who have limited English proficiency. I've tried having a conversational interview, but they are expecting a test and some have become very anxious when I try to just talk about SQL stuff. I've asked every interviewee about his/her personal experiences solving problems, but only one Asian understood the question. Most of them answer my question about "a difficult technical problem you have personally solved at work" with a generic answer about how exception handling works.
I'm very frustrated because I don't have a clue how to assess these interviewees over the phone. The positions only require basic English proficiency, so an inability to understand American conversational nuance over the phone does not disqualify someone. An in-person interview is not possible due to geography and budget limitations.
If they are unable to answer a basic question correctly, then do the meet the most basic of requirements?
In my opinion, no!
Mark the answer as incorrect because it did not answer your question. That is basic a English skill.
As far as the other stuff with being able to determine easily that they are just reading the questions off the internet, I would disqualify them if you feel it is that obvious they are cheating. They cheat in the interview they will probably cheat on the job and cause an outage of some sort.
On the other hand, I do require candidates that I interview to remote into a server and perform a basic hands on exam while I monitor what they are doing.
This kind of effort could be deemed as a technical phone interview. And it really is hard to cheat that kind of test - it becomes rather obvious.
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