There’s no perfect process for hiring great programmers, but there are plenty of terrible ways to screw it up.
For the opening we had on the Research & Fidelity team, we gave 40 people the take-home test, and even that proved to be too many.
For the opening we had on the Security, Infrastructure & Performance team, we only gave 13 people the take-home test.
Which goes to a second point: Completing a programming assignment is required but insufficient to land a job at Basecamp.
Which goes to the point that the alternative to a take-home programming assignment is rarely “nothing”.

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