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Hire through Hackathon

‘Traditionally, potential employees seek out companies and apply for the job with resumes and portfolios. There is a chance someone will earn the job and then be unable to handle tasks due to lack of skills. The candidate may reveal undesirable personality traits during real work environments as well, negative qualities he or she didn’t show during interviews.

Some of the challenges in hiring being faced by IT companies today are:

  • Increased focus on quality of hires, with bars of competence being set very high.
  • Many of the organizations are struggling in creating a lasting employer brand.
  • Niche skill hiring is becoming one of the biggest challenge.

The fast growing IT industries need skilled and competent programmers. There is a problem in the quality of hireable leads that end up on the recruiters table. Increasing the quality of leads is a big need in the tech industry. Perhaps the need for good programmers is higher than ever. This is being reflected in companies decreasing priorities on things like alma mater pedigree and increasing focus on programming skills.

How these needs are being addressed by Hackathons.

Hackathons allow companies to attract programmers and survey their skills and attitudes using relevant projects.

The good performers at hackathons are the developers who get hired and the employers who walk away with new tech talent. These top-coders show employers they have the endurance to work well under a tight deadline, taking the opportunity to learn and show leadership skills rather than losing their cool.

Few Interesting Facts:

  • 70 to 80 percent students who came through a hackathon accepted a corresponding job offer.
  • There is a 50 to 60 percent conversion rate in the hiring leads that come from a hiring hackathon.
  • Over 40 to 50 percent of students from tier-2 and tier-3 colleges are as competent as top students from premium colleges.