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I'm going to take a stab in the dark and guess that you've never actually done this process that you're recommending. I don't know if you caught it while you were writing, but you actually just recommended having people come into your office to do paid work for up to two weeks before you've even met them in person. Somebody correct me if I'm completely off-base here, but isn't that completely absurd? Not to mention that this method (step 5 specifically), is likely only going to get you two types of applicants: Those that are completely and utterly dedicated to getting hired to your specific company, and people with nothing better to do with their time. I don't consider myself to be in the very top tier of programmers, yet months before I graduated college I had more job offers than I knew what to do with. Not just "job offers," but good job offers with reputable companies and competitve salaries. If a company had required me to do several days of work for them before even considering giving me an interview, guess what I would have done? If you guessed "dropped everything (including school, several actual job offers, and my very fulfilling part-time programming work) to work for you for a week or more just to audition for your company," you are sorely mistaken.
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