A Novel Interview Technique for recruiting a programmer

I read this on a Hacker News comment:
I went for an an interview at a huge real estate company. They had a chat with me for exactly five minutes, then gave me a computer (an old one, with keyboard not working properly) and some legacy code. I wasn't asked to fix it, but I was asked to make a small change and given half hour for it. That code had no documentation and no comments. Then 5 more mins to explain what I understood about the codebase - no questions, just me talking about the codebase as much as I understood in that half hour. The whole thing took like 45 mins or so in total. No whiteboard questions etc. And they made an offer.
Seeing as maintaining and modifying existing code is what most programmers do most of the time, this should be a helpful part of the recruitment process.


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