My question is to all those people who have done this in the past in their interviews OR to the people who have interviewed people and asked them a question about their contribution to the community via Stack Overflow.
I have always wondered, in these practical tests that employers take in the interviewing process, that it is very difficult to know someone’s actual worth. Whereas, if you get on someone’s Stack Overflow profile, within a few minutes you will have a very good understanding of the level of knowledge that the person has. Yet, a lot of employers will not even bother asking such questions.
For instance, in my own company’s case: when I suggested to my operational manager to ask people questions about their participation on online IT communities, he didn’t seem very convinced. And, from time to time, we end up hiring people who did very good in their practical tests during the interviewing process, but miserably failed to keep up with the company’s SLA.
Please share your thoughts. And please do mention if any of you have any such checks in place for your recruiting process. Or if you provided your Stack Overflow profile to your potential employer which helped you in the process of getting a job.