A Simulation Platform for Developer Assessment
Whenever I speak with business owners about their current challenges, a common complaint always emerges - the lack of qualified developers.
While the only real way to avoid a shortage in the future is to invest in STEM education now (and at an early age), there are some interesting solutions emerging to help companies evaluate prospective developer hires today.
Justcode, for example, is a platform for conducting realistic software engineering assessments. The system introduces a new method of developer assessment by putting the developer in a "simulator." The automated assessments take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes of a candidate’s time but provide employers with insight that would take days of interviewing to gather and glean, dramatically reducing the risk of bad hires and improving your chances of making a great hire along the way.
Here's a little more on how it works according to the company:
Employers can select a technology stack best suited for their projects to test potential hires and customize everything from the front-end framework to the “theme” of the problem. Once invited to take the test, the candidate gets a private GitHub repository with the problem, complete with a Kanban style issue-tracking system. The candidate has to work off GitHub and close each issue. Once done, the candidate commits their code back to GitHub. At that point, the JustCode platform takes over and automatically assesses the candidate’s work using automated tests and static code analysis for quality and their ability to write secure code. Employers then receive a scorecard that highlights the candidates strengths and weaknesses.
For an added "real-world" dimension, employers can also add a ‘virtual teammate’ - that also commits to GitHub while the candidate is working on it and creates what is known as a ‘merge conflict’ which the candidate has to resolve.
This NYC-based startup recently raised $600K in seed money from a group of angels including Carlos Ramirez of Emry Capital and The Viking Group as the lead investors, and the solution is currently in beta at several Fortune 500 companies.
As Sanjay Chadha, CEO at Cerno Technologies and formerly a senior executive at American Express said - "Their assessments are like a day at work, not like an interview. We look forward to saving countless hours and improving the quality of our tech hiring going into 2018 by using Justcode."