Recruiters give advice on my resume but I've written it with a purpose. My first paragraph is deliberate with "I have no interest in coding tests". The typical conversation with a new recruiter...
NB: "Why won't you do a coding test?"
Me: "Do you believe I can't code after 30 years of coding?"
NB: "Well, no but they want to see how you code."
Me: "Do they? Then there's several projects in my github."
That's usually when the stuttering and stammering starts. "Well, maybe you didn't write that code".
Me: "If my resume and code are fake, why are we even talking?"
Why do I want to deal with this level of paranoia RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX?
The coding exercise is a variation of the trick question, like the brainteasers that Google promoted for years. They have no predictive value about writing software. The coding test is an alpha geek domination / gatekeeper technique. The gatekeepers refined a contrived problem over several weeks and I'm supposed to solve it in an hour. But inevitably I don't see whatever contrived issue they created so I get the condescending reply,
"Wellllll, you did okaaaaayyyy but you missed a lot of stuff".
Why do I want to screw around that? The answer is I don't.
I don't need the games. I'm more than happy to let them play the gatekeeper game and discard me out of the box, it saves me time and annoyance.
Likewise, I don't do group interviews anymore. It's a High School Clique Club proving how exclusive and important they are. And there's always two or three people who resent my resume or fear I'll take their position or paranoid that my life isn't online for them to riffle through. So I spend 5 or 6 or 7 hours on nothing but being annoyed.
If you really need consensus from your team, then you've probably already got an "inclusive, diverse and dysfunctional" team and I don't need to be part of it.
I manage my annoyance because THEY can't figure out that they aren't hiring for software development. They're hiring for ego gratification or socialization or virtual signaling and I don't fit that mold anymore. I never did, really, but in earlier times most jobs were still about producing software instead of bullshit.