Why we don't hire programmers based on puzzles, API quizzes, math riddles, or other parlor tricks

David Heinemeier Hansson provides some help for you in responding to his post about hiring programmers:

(If you need help posting a comment, feel free to use any of these samples: “You make todo lists, you don’t need real software engineers”, “Math is actually really important, you know!”, “Google is worth one gajillion dollars and they use quizzes, so there!”)