How This Startup Is Using Coding Battles to Help Developers Land Jobs
Now, one scrappy new startup called CodeFights--founded by MIT grads turned Google and Oracle engineers--aims to bring meritocracy to the 21st century. How are they going to do this? By simply helping developers showcase their skills and diverse backgrounds to employers before submitting a resume.
They have built a business around the famous organized hackathons being held at some of the most innovative companies in the world. Backed by the former head of strategy at Microsoft, they're looking to change the way companies like Uber, Asana and Dropbox hire by giving those without the stacked resume, an opportunity to demonstrate skill, instead of relying on experience.
What makes CodeFights unique is that they are attempting to gamify recruitment to allow talented individuals let their skills rather than buzzwords do the talking. CEO and Co-Founder of CodeFights, Tigran Sloyan told me that the talent market is biased towards those that have the right pedigree titles such as working at Google or went to MIT. The result is that the best opportunities will go to people with these titles, even if you have more talent and skill.
CodeFights is a platform for engineers around the world to compare skills. But, the real value is enabling employers to measure talent up front by the skills they demonstrate rather than through experience. Many candidates on paper seldom represent their realistic skill set. Maybe, replacing selling ourselves with an opportunity to showcase our talents is the next natural step.
With a 30-40% growth in traffic and users each month, this tight-knit community is proudly creating job opportunities for users with a non-standard background. This removal any unconscious bias and pedigree-based recruiting is enabling the real talent to shine.
There are many examples of how companies are using CodeFights to secure the best staff. Uber offers three coding challenges, with each one having a one-minute time limit. If a user scores well, they are invited to connect with Uber recruiters via the app emailed a link to a job application.
Sloyan also shared a story about a user who had no job profile or qualifications and was mostly invisible in the eyes of traditional recruitment. "We noticed she was able to crush every company bot on our platform, so we contacted her, and she now has a top job in Chicago earning even more than me!"
CodeFights is rapidly becoming a 21st-century recruiting platform. The gamified element to the platform ranks every user's skill and capability against other users. These virtual badges of honor are in many ways becoming a developers portfolio that enables them to stand out to any prospective employers.
The startup is already working with over 50 companies, including household names such as Uber, Dropbox, and Evernote. The continuous growth of CodeFights suggests that this trend will only continue. I spoke to the CEO and Co-Founder, Tigran Sloyan on my podcast (#89) to find out more about what the future has in store for the platform.