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If you've ever learned to play an instrument, at some point an instructor will give you a sheet of music that you've never seen before and ask you to play it. It is a very objective way to assess one's skill level and the act of playing unseen music is called sight reading.
I've often wanted to use this technique to quantify a candidate's ability to analyze data. We often hire people and won't know their real skill level until weeks or months into the position. I'm toying with asking candidates to analyze a dataset. My feeling is that people who have very good skills at exploratory data analysis make the best analysts/statsticians/data scientists.
Has anyone done this successfully in an interview setting?
Would you be turned off to doing it as a candidate?