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HackerRank’s Virtual Career Fair is Back

Written By Aditi Chandrasekar | August 12, 2021

It’s safe to say that the shape of work has changed completely with companies adopting flexible remote work policies, DE&I coming to the center stage, and talent pipelines expanding beyond tech hubs. To help companies ride this wave, we launched our inaugural Virtual Career Fair last year.

We envisioned it to be a two-day virtual recruiting event that would help companies maximize their brand reach, increase their recruiting capacity beyond tech hubs and connect with skilled early talent developers, and it turned out a smashing success with 20,000+ attendees, 72,000+ applications, and 53 exhibitors. 

This year, we look forward to hosting another successful virtual hiring event that benefits employers, students, and early career professionals.

What can I expect, as an exhibitor? 

During the fair, companies will be able to build exhibitor profiles, host live sessions such as keynote, tech talk, a panel, or an open Q&A, and book 1:1s to have more in-depth conversations with candidates. 

A few example topics for the live sessions are how you promote diversity and inclusion at your company, or an interview with a current employee or intern, or even a resume revision workshop. Anything that promotes your brand is fair game to us, and we’ll help you through it.

Candidates attending the fair will come from two primary sources. The first is our HackerRank community which has hundreds of thousands of students and professional developers who are practicing programming every day. The second is Mimir Classroom, a HackerRank product and teaching tool used at over 90 universities as part of their computer science curriculum. 

Some of the universities we work with are the primary producers of developers within underrepresented groups and we’ve already started working with their students to prepare for the fair.

After the fair, you will be able to review candidates directly within the Hackerrank product. In the top navigation bar, you will see a new tab for Sourcing. On this tab, you can browse and filter candidates based on standard criteria such as school and years of experience, and also HackerRank-specific criteria such as verified skill certifications and badges that indicate proficiency level so you can have confidence in the candidate’s technical abilities. 

What can I expect, as an attendee?

If you’ve participated in coding bootcamps, earned online certifications, and spent many a night poring over an IDE at hackathons, then the virtual career fair is for you. It’s free and open to all current students in the US, and recent graduates from any major or school. 

Over the 2 days of the event, you can access all exhibitors’ pages, view their custom content and if it appeals to you, signal your interest in their open positions - it’s that simple. 

Peer-to-peer learning and collaboration are important aspects of the developer community, and it would be amiss to not include an event dedicated to this in our career fair, so we’re introducing HackerHour - a dedicated event for you to meet and network with other attendees.

To participate, you need to sign up in the HackerRank Community and once you’re set up, you can start sharpening your skills with practice challenges and take assessments to earn skill certifications to stand out to potential employers. The best way to get noticed by recruiters is to build a robust skill profile. Going the extra mile, and earning different skill certifications will help you demonstrate your technical ability and set you apart from other candidates. 

We can’t wait to see you on September 13th & 14th - click below to get started!

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