Put potential Hires to Work For You

What is one tool you use to better screen potential hires? Explain what it is and why you love it.

For engineers, I’ll actually take a current problem that I’m working on and either ask them to work through it with me, or have them sit down an pair program with me on a new feature. Giving someone actual work that they will be required to complete is the best way to determine how that person will perform as an employee in your environment.