Evaluating Engineers: A Guide for Recruiters

Evaluating Engineers: A Guide for Technical Recruiters

When you’re not an engineer yourself, evaluating technical talent can seem like a daunting task. For technical recruiters, the specter of this scenario constantly looms: The candidate’s resume looked good. Your initial phone call went fine and didn’t raise any red flags. Maybe the person even did fine on the take-home coding challenge. But once they got to the technical phone screen – or worse, the onsite – you knew that something was wrong. Or maybe the candidate didn’t get

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CodeFights Customer Stories: Wizeline

“You would be wrong to assume that CodeFights is just like any other other tool to automate technical recruiting on the markets. CodeFights should be your weapon when it comes to attracting technical talent.” – Vidal Gonzalez, Wizeline CTO Wizeline builds scalable software solutions (like AI-driven chatbots) for its customers. Since they create software for other companies, they need to make sure that their engineering team is full of innovative, talented engineers who can deliver amazing products quickly. Wizeline is a

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The Culture Fit Trap

Don't Hire Engineers for Culture Fit - Hire for Skills

Companies – especially companies in Silicon Valley – have long prized the idea of culture fit. Culture fit is, as a concept, a little bit nebulous, but in general it refers to the idea that a candidate “fits in” with the existing company and team dynamics. On the surface, this seems like a great idea. After all, why wouldn’t you want to hire someone who seems like a good match for your engineering team? The thinking is that they’ll integrate

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Meet the CodeFights Community

Meet the CodeFights Jobs applicants

CodeFights Recruiter customers have access to a very special group of engineering candidates: the CodeFights community. These people are developers who sign up for CodeFights as a way to prepare for technical interviews, level up their programming skills, and tackle fun coding challenges. And when they’re ready to find new jobs, they sign up for CodeFights Jobs. The CodeFights Jobs program helps us connect CodeFights users with the right opportunities at our CodeFights Recruiter partner companies! How do CodeFights Recruiter

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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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Test the Right Skills With Your Coding Assessments

Creating coding tests to assess developers

The initial coding assessment is a crucial component of any technical recruiting process. It allows you to weed out unqualified candidates at the top of the funnel. In turn, this gives you and your team more bandwidth to concentrate on the qualified ones. It also lets your candidates learn a little more about the role and your company. This leads to a better candidate experience, which is a key component of keeping top talent engaged in your process. But it

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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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CodeFights Talent Story: Marcus Currie + Evernote

What does it take to go from being an industry outsider to becoming a software engineer at one of the best-known companies in Silicon Valley? Marcus Currie started using CodeFights because he wanted a platform that would help him prepare for technical interviews. He ended up with much more than that! With CodeFights, Marcus leveled up his programming skills, connected with several high profile companies, and ended up with his dream job. Catching the software development bug Marcus Currie majored

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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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