My question is to all those people who have done this in the past in their interviews OR to the people who has interviewed people and asked them question about their contribution to the community via Stack Overflow.
I have always wondered in these practical tests that employers take in interviewing process, it is very difficult to know someone’s actual worth. Whereas, if you get on someone’s Stack Overflow profile, within 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 yet miserably failed to keep up with the company’s SLA.
Please share your thoughts. And please do mention if any of you has 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.