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Hey Julie, huge fan of your articles on Medium!
When it comes to making internal design decisions and gathering feedback, how do you strike the balance between using raw data compared to a designer's intuition?
Thanks Jon for your constructive feedback. Always appreciated :)
Point 1: Binary Ratings - Google has 5 interviews per candidate. Each interviewer gives the candidate a binary number 0 or 1. The scores across the 5 interviews are averaged out. 0-5/5 <- That's a fraction which can be converted into percentages, a float or an integer. I agree that every recommendation on LinkedIn is positive as that's what they're used for.
Point 2: - A recruiter can determine what languages you speak, your cultural experience and whether you're eligible for a H1 Visa whilst having a bachelor's degree just by looking at the map.
I agree that there's no internationally recognized scale, that's why we have exams and interviews. If you graduate from university, you are give a number e.g. 4.0 grade point average. When you take an exam, you are given a number. I agree these numbers are vague that's why it's difficult to display it accurately. Even Google now understand that your GPA is not a good reflection of your ability.
63%, 0.63, 63/100 63px/100px is the exact same thing. I guess it's about how that number is displayed.
Let me try and break it down.
Unless you want to get philosophical, displaying skills quickly and accurately on a 1 page resume is extremely difficult. In fact, displaying anything accurately on a resume is a challenge. That's why companies have interviews so that they can make sure candidates prove what they state on their resume is accurate via the company's own standards.
On a typical resume, most people would state that they are skilled/experienced/proficient/knowledgeable/trained/ in a app or skill such as CSS. But what does that even mean? Experienced relative to what? Are they stating that they are experienced with writing the syntax or that they are experienced with solving real problems using CSS? CSS is useless by itself. How skilled are they relative to HTML or JS? Knowing the syntax and solving problems are 2 different things. That's why it's recommended to practice coding rather than read it when learning as you gain experience through trial and error and dedication.
There are so many ways to interpret the same thing. 63% is no more vague than writing the word 'experienced'. Plus I was trying to do something different :) I created a social infographic that displayed the average number of a skill based on the user's ranking and their colleagues ranking as explained below:
If there is a better solution for displaying your skills accurately in the smallest amount of space and in the shortest amount of time...please do let me know. Also, 63% is a ranking number. Google PageRank and Facebook EdgeRank do the exact same thing when showing relevant content.
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