Developers can often be inundated with constant online programmes and concepts promising to make things easier or improve the quality of working life; but HackerRank is seriously coming up trumps as the ultimate tool for those in the development world.
Now, you have to compete with the masses. Job roles are – more often than not – pretty exclusive, and only the cream of the crop can maintain their success in the industry. This means that as a developer, you should always be on the lookout for new ways to make a good impression.
Combining social media with the euphoria of technology buzz, HackerRank is a company that focuses on competitive programming challenges for both consumers and businesses. It also has an online community of over one million computer programmers, so it can even be used as a vast networking technique. HackerRank’s programming challenges can be solved in a variety of programming languages such as; Java, C++, PHP, Python and SQL – which have the ability to span multiple computer science domains.
On the consumer side, when a programmer submits a solution to a programming challenge, their submission is scored on the accuracy of their output and the execution time of their solution. Programmers are then ranked globally on the HackerRank leader board and earn badges based on their accomplishments to drive competition among users.
But what are the online programming challenges for?
HackerRank is introducing an entirely new way to interview candidates, test potential employees and let developers compete with each other in an innovative way. By sending these challenges and tests to candidates or those interested in a role your business is recruiting for, you can see if they’re really worth their salt. In short, HackerRank can assist companies in drawing the line between the best developers, and the not-so-great ones.
In addition to individual programming challenges, HackerRank also hosts contests – often referred to by HackerRank as “CodeSprints” – where users compete on the same programming challenges during a set period of time and are then ranked at the end of the event. Companies who have hosted or sponsored these CodeSprints include Addepar, Yahoo!, Quora, and Amazon – so they’re a pretty big deal.
HackerRank is seen as a market leader in the growing gamification trend within competitive computer programming, and the consumer side of their website is completely free for coders to use.
It’s essentially paving the way for developers, programmers and anyone with a keen interest in coding to come together and co-operate by using their skills; which isn’t something that’s been done elsewhere on this level up to now. Not only that, but it’s created an online platform for those within the technology industry to discuss problems, learn from one another and gain an advantage in the jobseeker market.
You can even earn money from HackerRank, by creating custom contests, writing your own original content and innovating your own challenges to become a paid contributor.
But the HackerRank empire doesn’t end with this.
Their enterprise-side product, HackerRank for Work, is a subscription service that aims to help companies source, screen, and hire engineers and other technical roles. The HackerRank for Work platform gives businesses the option to leverage a built-in library of programming challenges or write their own so as to tailor that programming challenge directly to a company’s open position.
Technical recruiters then use those programming challenges to test candidates on their specific programming skills and better understand their qualification for a certain role. Candidate’s challenges, once submitted, are auto-scored and the results are then provided to the technical recruiter for review.
As well as giving developers further opportunities to stand out within the current candidate pool; HackerRank also has endless beneficial advantages for hirers, companies and businesses looking for new talent.
There are of course, similar online platforms like this working toward a different goal.
Finding a job that is specifically tailored to what you’re after can often feel like mission impossible. Whilst there are plenty of one stop shops out there for various workforces and businesses, there has never been one exclusively designed for the needs of contractors – until now.
Like HackerRank, KnowNetwork is built specifically for the world of IT and technology; but aimed especially at the contractor market. Connecting with KnowNetwork will allow you to benefit from industry insights via the tech-savvy informative blog, receive discounts from specialist brands and get valuable advice from your own, personal concierge.
The most rewarding feature of KnowNetwork however, is undoubtedly its job prospects. As a member, you’ll never have to look through endless or irrelevant job listings ever again. Finally, you will have the upper hand in finding jobs that are tailored specifically to your skills, day rate, preferred location and availability.
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The HackerRank team is on a mission of another kind – to flatten the world by restructuring the DNA of every company on the planet. So, by ranking programmers based on their coding skills, it can assist and support companies in sourcing and delivering great programmers; reducing screening processes and the time to hire. As a result, HackerRank are revolutionising the way companies discover and evaluate talented engineers, programmers and developers.
Whilst HackerRank shouldn’t be the ‘be-all-and-end-all’ when administering the delivery of new talent for your business, it can give you a good push in the right direction, especially as it’s a worldwide domain used by millions of diverse users.
Here at Uniting Ambition, we take on board the use of sites like HackerRank. It is a community of developers and skilled individuals, who are using their craft to network and challenge themselves in their spare time; which is something to be admired.
With a string of good reviews on its guest forums, HackerRank is promising to be the social hub of the developing world. With some even admitting that they are ‘addicted’ to the gaming side of the website, it’s safe to assume that businesses, clients and candidates alike can get something useful from it.
If you’re a developer looking for exclusive roles, information about potential opportunities or even just a quick chat about your options, you can speak to our Software Division Director – Howard Murfin – on 01782753292.