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Product Updates

New Role-based Assessments

Written By Gaurav Verma | July 25, 2018

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Today we’re excited to share that we’re launching new Role-based Assessments to help all HackerRank customers---go beyond evaluating fundamental coding skills to---assess developers’ skills based on their job function. As part of the Role-based Assessment offering, we’re kicking off with front-end development assessments; and we’ll roll out back-end and full-stack assessments very soon. If you’re curious, the latter are currently in Beta!

Earlier this year, we published the results from over 39,000 developers from the 2018 Developer Skills survey, and found that the biggest skill gap in knowledge is with Javascript frameworks.

Most often, employers want developers who know Angular, Node.js, and React. Incidentally, these 3 frameworks also have the biggest gap between what developers know and what employers want. (See graph)

Given this high demand, It’s more important than ever for employers to be able to accurately assess knowledge of specific frameworks to build engineering teams.

For example, when hiring a front-end developer, you can go beyond their understanding of programming concepts to understand the skills developers use in their day-to-day, like:

  • The strength of their design
  • How clean is their modular code
  • How well can they build on top of React (or other front-end framework)

Evaluating these robust skills manually, with whiteboard interviewing or a time-consuming take-home project, offers no consistency in the process. With no standardized way today to objectively evaluate experienced developers on this front, organizations are left to their own ways---ad-hoc, biased interviews.

Until now.

We’ve made significant updates to our platform to support deeper skill assessments, based on roles. This will be a significant improvement in the way our more than 1,100 customers identify technical talent for a wider range of job roles including front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers. Best of all, candidates will be empowered to demonstrate their best work as they would in their daily job functions.

Here's an example of a real-world challenge of building a country filter:

A search box dropdown listing countries whose names start with the letter A

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. With Role-Based Assessments, you’ll be supported by:

  • Role-based questions.
    Expanded questions library and framework support to create role-specific challenges.
  • World class coding environment.
    Best-in-class integrated development environment (IDE) that delivers a great candidate experience.
  • Detailed reports.
    Automated scoring and detailed reports to thoroughly assess and screen in top candidates.

Send Role-Specific, Relevant Questions to Senior Candidates

Leverage challenges in all major front-end and back-end  frameworks.

We have expanded our content library with a wealth of questions across following frameworks:  Angular, React.JS, Node.JS, Django, Ruby on Rails, Java Spring Boot, and more. Recruiters and technical hiring teams can readily use these role specific out-of-the-box questions, or take advantage of the supported frameworks to create custom challenges and assess for front-end, back-end and full-stack roles.

Different frameworks', like Angular and Django, logos

Tailor challenges for senior developers

You can now assess your experienced developers on complex, role-relevant skills such as framework knowledge, building an application or code review capabilities. Senior candidates appreciate your focus on assessing the skills they’ll be using on the job--beyond their fundamental coding skills.

Win developer love with high-quality test experience.

Gone are the days of asking developers to code outside of their most comfortable coding environment. Our online Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) supports functionalities that candidates use (and love!) in their day-to-day.

Efficiency boosting functionalities such as auto-complete, linting helps them worry less about irrelevant aspects of coding (ex:typos) and focus on big picture concepts and problem-solving. The Git integration helps candidates feel at home while being measured on their technical skills.

Evaluate efficiently and identify top candidates

Your candidates’ submissions are automatically assessed and graded. Technical hiring teams can conduct a thorough analysis using detailed reports or review the code within the IDE to understand how they break down the problems, streamline their work, and more.

Still curious?

Check out the recording to our webinar where we cover best practices for assessing Front-end, Back-end, and Full Stack developers.

To learn more about this or understand how you can leverage the platform for other job roles including Database Engineer, DevOps and more, contact us.

Next: Learn how to hire the right DevOps talent for your company here

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