New Name + New Coding Score + New User Profile 🤯

Since we launched back in 2014, we’ve created a diverse community of developers who learn new coding skills and practice for technical interviews on our platform every day.  We learned a lot over these years and one of our top priorities is still to make our platform as useful to our users as possible. We want our brand and our products to best reflect why we exist, what we believe in, and where we’re headed. So below are three important

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Objectively Measuring Code Quality

objectively measuring code quality

“All of the software engineering candidates seem equally qualified. Which one should we hire?” For technical recruiters like you, it’s very frustrating to hear these words from your engineering department. After all, you’ve worked hard to fill the funnel with highly qualified candidates, host interviews, coordinate technical assessments, and schedule on-site visits. Surely there’s enough data to make an informed decision — right? If indecision and gut reaction is plaguing your hiring process, perhaps it’s time to revisit your company’s

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The Bottlenecks that Bog Down Your Recruiting Process

Tired of feeling bogged down by recruiting bottlenecks? Maybe it’s time you stopped working in your pipeline and started working on it. Start by objectively evaluating your workflow and then seek solutions that will yield greater efficiency. It’s easy to feel overworked and underappreciated as a technical recruiter. You put in long hours sifting through countless profiles on job boards, only to be consistently disappointed by the handful of developers who actually apply. To make matters worse, your engineering team

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3 Options for Coder Candidate Management

3 Options for Coder Management

As a recruiter, you spend most of your day interacting with technical talent. To stay organized, your job involves a significant amount of recordkeeping. Tracking each candidate’s skills, qualifications, and professional experience can feel like a full-time endeavor. As candidates advance through the recruiting funnel, you encounter additional information, such as resumes, coding assessments, interview transcripts, internal notes, and emails. Without a proactive plan for managing candidate information, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In this article, we’ll explore the pros

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A New Generation of Skills-based Developers

skills-based software engineers

Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a revolution in how information is accessed and consumed. From massive open online courses (MOOCs) to lectures published on YouTube.com, learning has been officially democratized. As a result, talented individuals from across the globe are acquiring skills previously accessible only to those at expensive universities and learning institutions. Unfortunately, some firms have been slow to adapt their recruiting style to this reality, causing them to overlook an entire generation of coders. On the other

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CodeFights Engineering Profile: Albina Ezus

There’s been a lot written about the gender gap in technology. The good news is that more and more companies are working to close the gender gap, and technology is helping as well.  We’ve had a lot of feedback from both recruiters and engineering teams that CodeFights’ skills-based recruiting has helped them source, measure and hire candidates in a much more objective way. Albina Ezus is one of our rockstar software engineers at CodeFights. She came up with all the

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How to Swim with the Big Fish (When You’re Not One)

How to swim with the big fish when you're not one

You work for a tech startup that has both an innovative product and an impressive story. Since the company’s founding a couple years ago, the sales team has significantly grown the user base. Revenue is up, and customers are requesting new features. So much so, in fact, that you’ve had to quickly ramp up hiring for software engineers. Despite the many positive trends, one thing remains true: Your company is still a small fish in a gigantic pond. And, to

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Guest Post: AI Will Dominate Recruiting – So Prepare For Major Changes In These Areas

AI Will Dominate Recruiting – So Prepare For Major Changes In These Areas

Most recruiters are busy with their day-to-day work. So, some fail to realize that many recruiting processes and tools currently in use will soon improve significantly by the continual learning provided by Artificial Intelligence (AI). In addition, not only will AI and its advanced cousin Machine Learning (ML) make recruiting processes faster and cheaper, soon and in many cases are already adding significant new capabilities that were simply not possible with legacy systems. However, relax, this isn’t a job security

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You Can’t Always Get the Developers You Want…but with Flexibility You Can Get the Ones You Need..

Another week passes, and you’re still no closer to filling the position. Unlike most job openings that you’ve recruited for, this one has been particularly challenging. Your development team has tasked you with the near-impossible mission of recruiting a Ruby on Rails expert who is also willing to relocate to your corporate office. Ruby on Rails engineers are hard enough to come by, but someone who is willing to pack up and move? That’s doubly complicated. You’ve spent countless hours

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How to Free Up More Time When Recruiting Developers

How to Free Up More Time When Recruiting Developers

You look up from your desk, and it’s already 6:38 pm. Another busy day has drawn to a close, but what do you have to show for it? Despite reaching out to dozens of seemingly qualified engineers, only a handful have expressed marginal interest in your Full Stack developer position. As you know all too well, these days hiring programmers is not for the faint of heart. If you want to find the right technical talent, you’ll just need to

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