Candidate Experience: The Key to Hiring Top Developers

Candidate Experience: How to Hire Skilled Engineers

What is candidate experience? The phrase candidate experience gets thrown around a lot in the recruiting and talent acquisition world. But what does it actually mean? Basically, candidate experience describes the entirety of a candidate’s interactions with your company. Candidate experience captures how candidates feel about your company before, during, and after the recruiting and hiring process. This concept includes every interaction they have with a company, starting with their first message from a recruiter to the offer package (if

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Stop Focusing on Degrees – Recruit for Skills Instead

Recruit for skills, not for credentials or pedigree

The tech industry’s talent shortage is no secret, but let’s go over the numbers again just for the heck of it. According to data collected by Code.org, there are over 500,000 unfilled technology-related jobs right now. But only about 49,000 people graduated into the workforce from computer science programs in 2017. The numbers are clear: There just aren’t enough computer science students graduating each year to fill all the available roles. And it doesn’t look like things will change anytime

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It’s Time to Kill The Resume

It's time to kill the resume: how skills-based recruiting will change how you assess candidates

We’re going to make a sweeping statement here that may shock you: Resumes are a waste of time. Or maybe it doesn’t shock you. Most recruiters dislike having to wade through stacks of resumes, so we’re probably preaching to the choir here. So much time gets spent on resumes! Job seekers spend hours crafting the perfect bullet points. Recruiters spend hours looking these resumes over, trying to find the perfect leads to pursue. When we say that resumes are a

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Find Engineers Your Hiring Team Will Love

Skill Verification Will Revolutionize Your Tech Recruiting

Technical recruiters, does this scenario sound familiar? You work hard sourcing candidates, looking through resumes, and reaching out to high-potential prospects in order to find engineers to fill your company’s crucial open roles. But sometimes you feel like your efforts are for nothing: The engineering team rejects most of the likely candidates you find for them. Maybe they reject them right away, just based on their LinkedIn profile or resume. Or maybe it’s later on, after a phone screen or

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Top 10 Recruiting Tips from the CodeFights Talent Team

Top 10 Recruiting Tips from the CodeFights Talent Team

At CodeFights, our engineering team is growing quickly! When we need to make a hire, we don’t have a ton of time to spend sourcing prospects, screening the high-potential ones, or interviewing candidates. And we know our clients don’t either. But with an industry-wide time to fill average of 59 days (according to data from Workable), how do we beat the odds and make great engineering hires fast? We got the CodeFights talent team to share their top 10 tips

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How CodeFights Uses CodeFights Recruiter to Build Its Engineering Team

How CodeFights recruits its engineering team

We feel your pain. We’re a rapidly growing startup. So at CodeFights, we know how time-consuming it can be to source, assess, and interview engineering candidates. Industry-wide, it can take an average of 59 days from opening an engineering job requisition to making an offer to a candidate, according to data from Workable. We don’t have that kind of time to grow our engineering team. And we know you don’t either! That’s why we built CodeFights Recruiter, a suite of

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Do you need to prepare for technical interviews?

prepare for technical interviews

If you’re already working as a software engineer, you might think that you don’t need to do any preparation for your next technical interview. Maybe you write C++ that’s pure poetry, or perhaps your SQL queries are so efficient that they make grown men weep. So when you’re looking for a new job, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that you’re ready for interviews right away – no prep needed. But are you? Sidebar: If you’re not working

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Make Your LinkedIn Profile Work For You

If you were a small business owner and someone offered you a free billboard on the freeway, you’d take it in a heartbeat, right? Free advertising in a high traffic area! That’s a no-brainer – of course you’d want that. And that, friends, is pretty much exactly what LinkedIn is: a free billboard for YOU. Recruiters from tech companies are on LinkedIn all the time, plugging in keywords, looking for leads. The search interface makes sourcing on LinkedIn easy for

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Ace Your Phone Screen By Telling Your Story, Pt. 2

Ace your phone screen by telling your story

In Part 1 of this series, you learned how to craft a Story that will resonate with recruiters. Now we’ll talk about exactly how to tell the recruiter your Story during your phone screen. So you’ve prepared your Story and practiced it a few times. You’ve got your next phone screen scheduled. Now you just need to wow the recruiter! Be ready When it’s time for the phone screen, be ready at the agreed-upon time. The recruiter may call a few

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Ace Your Phone Screen By Telling Your Story, Pt. 1

Ace your phone screen by crafting your story

Sometimes getting through the interview process can feel like trying to find your way through a maze. Scratch that, a labyrinth. One with a bunch of traps and scary parts. (It’s not a perfect metaphor, but work with me here.) There are almost always some predictable stages in the process, though, and one of these is the recruiter phone screen. This is where the recruiter gets a sense of who you are as a candidate and whether you’re worth moving

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