This has worked well for one narrow area of diversity: I generally want to see examples of work from candidates, but realize that not everyone is free to post their code publicly. So we make this request to candidates who reach the phone-interview stage, and ask for an example of work with the text below.
…So we can further understand your analytical, computational and organizational skills, we ask that you provide a research compendium of a representative analysis project of yours by [TIME/DATE]. This should be a self-contained folder that contains inputs and outputs of the analysis and the steps required to reproduce it. This may include:
- Raw data files
- Processed data files
- Computer code
- Outputs (plots, text summaries, tables)
Your research compendium should drawn from your existing work, not a novel analysis. You should include a summary of up to 500 hundred words explaining the organization, motivation, logic, and key decisions made in the analysis. You may use materials you have already provided in your original application.
Please provide your compendium as a zip file or a link to a dropbox folder, GitHub repository or other online repository. If the results were included in a published report or a peer-reviewed manuscript, please include a link to that in your summary.
We understand that you may not have full control over sharing materials or data worked on as an employee. None of this information will be shared beyond our hiring committee, and will be used only for the purposes of this evaluation. However, if you are limited in your ability to share parts your work - for instance, raw data are not under your control - you may omit portions of the work and provide an explanation in the summary.