A candidate looking for a job in IT does not necessarily need to have a degree from an Ivy League university or work experience from one of the big tech companies to be a great coder, but hiring managers continue to use markers such as these to identify and evaluate potential employees.
CodeFights, the startup, whose website helps programmers to improve their skills by offering them coding challenges, is looking to change all that. The company has developed a new system designed to help recruiters evaluate job candidates based on the candidates' skills rather than on what they've listed on their résumés.
For the past two years, CodeFights, which was founded by former Google and Oracle engineers, has been helping companies recruit new employees by screening programmers who came to its site to practice their coding. After seeing how well CodeFights' site worked for finding talented engineers, the company's partners, which include Uber, Asana, and Evernote, urged CodeFights to create tools they could use internally to screen job candidates.
The result is CodeFightsR. The system helps companies evaluate job applicants based on their programming skills. Companies can use CodeFightsR to send applicants a programming test. The system assesses candidates' skill levels based on how they do on the test. Hiring managers can then look at applicants' scores to figure out which ones to bring in for an interview.
The system is designed to evaluate candidates objectively, rather than having assessments clouded by conscious or unconscious biases. CodeFightsR can point hiring managers to candidates who actually have the skills they're looking for, regardless of their gender or race or the school they graduated from.
"Biases mainly kick in because of people's lack of real data, said Tigran Sloyan, CEO, CodeFights. "They go off of proxies to decide if someone can do what they want or not."
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