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For years resume-based recruiting (the action that uses apprenticeship and job history as the capital hiring criteria) has been the accepted for recruiting abstruse talent. However, these canicule alone 2% of engineering candidates accept branded pedigrees (i.e. accelerating from Stanford or MIT or formed for Google or Facebook) so resume-based recruiting can’t accumulate up with the accepted appeal for abstruse talent. Forward-looking recruiters apprehend that to body a scalable aptitude accretion program, they charge to attending above the resume and accent a candidate’s abilities over their pedigree.
There has been a lot of focus on creating a absolute applicant acquaintance lately, how does CodeFights abode applicant experience?
In abounding ways, a poor applicant acquaintance stems from recruiters actuality afflicted with resumes. It’s not aberrant for one job announcement to accept 200-300 resumes. By alms a basin of pre-qualified engineers CodeFights is abbreviation the resume ataxia and giving the recruiter and hiring teams the time and activity to action a bigger applicant experience.
Do you accept we accept a absolute abilities gap in the tech industry or is it aloof an burghal myth?
There’s a lot of abstracts out there acknowledging the abstraction of a abilities gap. For example, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that in 2020, there will be 1.4 actor accessible technology jobs, but alone 400,000 bodies will alum from computer science programs. The key blemish in this accurate allotment of advice is ‘will alum from computer science programs’. Today there are so abounding online options for accepting abilities that a amount in computer science doesn’t accept to be the alone way to admeasurement a programmer’s skill.
According to Stack Overflow’s 2018 Developer Landscape Survey, 87% of software engineers accept accomplished themselves a new accent after demography a academic course, and about 50% accept taken an online advance in programming or software development. So, the abilities gap depends on the lens a aggregation is appliance to acquisition abstruse talent. If a aggregation is accessible to emphasizing accomplishment over pedigree, again the abilities gap is abundantly beneath or may not abide at all.
Artificial intelligence is a boiler in HR, and you actuality at the circle of technology and HR, how do you attending to Artificial intelligence, apparatus learning, etc.?
Today, any aggressive online appliance is leveraging apparatus learning. The capabilities of AI and apparatus acquirements are still early, and we don’t see them replacing the animal aspect in abstruse recruiting or HR any time anon . For CodeFights, apparatus acquirements is active in quantifying the knowledge, skills, and action for both alone engineers and a company’s hiring process. It’s key to authoritative the appropriate bout amid candidates and accessible positions, but at the end of the day, technology is still aloof technology. To absolutely actualize change, technology has to be adopted and acclimated as a agitator to change animal behavior .
What problems are you attractive to break in the HR amplitude with your offering?
We are aggravating to get recruiters to change their behavior. We’ve apparent recruiters from altered organizations abundantly accomplished candidates whose abilities accept been anxiously abstinent and analyzed alone to apprehend comments like “but they didn’t go to a acceptable school” or “I don’t like their background”. It’s abundantly adamantine to balloon a way of recruiting that’s been a allotment of you for years, if not decades. However, in an more aggressive hiring market, recruiters charge to acclimate to the alteration conditions. We’ve had assorted companies anniversary appoint assorted candidates from the CodeFights Community, so we apperceive that back a recruiter is open, skills-based recruiting works acutely well.
What is your booty on the massive access of HR Tech companies beyond so abounding categories? Salesforce as able-bodied is authoritative appropriate into the HR space. Do you see competition, opportunities to accomplice and/or integrate?
Many companies are accepting into the HR amplitude to focus on agent engagement, assimilation and information. Once an agent has been assassin a aggregation wants to accumulate that agent motivated and productive. ATS applications like Greenhouse, Lever and SmartRecruiter are all actual accepted applications that accommodate bigger tracking for recruiting, and we accept integrations with these applications. It’s a accustomed fit to accommodate our appliance with added accoutrement that advice clue and administer the hiring funnel.
What questions are your buyers allurement you? How is that impacting your platform’s roadmap? Are there any new appearance or accessible upgrades that you’re aflame about and would like to accord us a bastard blink into?
We afresh launched the CodeFights Sourcing Assistant, a Chrome addendum that helps recruiters analyze college affection candidates on LinkedIn. The Sourcing Abettor compares a company’s job requirements and hiring advice in CodeFights Recruiter to account candidates’ LinkedIn profiles. The abettor helps calibrate the hiring action beyond the recruiting and engineering teams, accretion the affairs that the applicant will be hired. In addition, already a recruiter has articular a LinkedIn user that has a aerial score, a coding analysis can be beatific from CodeFights to verify the candidate’s skills.