This year we've spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve recruitment for experienced developers and the different tools hiring teams need to get high-quality insights without sacrificing on the candidate's experience.
We've worked directly with clients on how to better solve their problems around senior developer recruiting. This led us to focus on our technical interviewing product, CodeLive. Technical interviews are tricky - they're often the first point of real human interaction between a candidate and their future technical colleagues, which means it's not just about getting high-quality insights into the candidate's abilities, but also about painting a picture of why that candidate should join the team.
At the same time, we've evolved the way our clients use the Codility Platform to evaluate senior candidates, whether using CodeLive or CodeCheck, so they can better understand that candidate's real-world experience by reviewing their applied technical skills. This brought us to major renovations in our assessment engine to ensure we could provide automatic evaluation on real-life engineering skills, and not rely on manual grading.
"Altogether, it's been a busy year." - John Bailey, Director of Product
Not only have we shipped a record number of enhancements, we've worked with our clients to help them embed objective assessments more deeply into their workflows, across more teams than ever before. We've launched a new website, outgrown our offices in both Warsaw and San Francisco, and just released our inaugural Developer Report based off survey responses from over 2,000 developers.
Here are our 2018 Product Highlights:
Real-Life Engineering Skills: for Experienced Candidates
DevOps, Big Data, QA, Django, Blockchain, .NET, Laravel, Spring, Hibernate, Data Science NumPy, Java Streams, Python, and Ruby on Rails - these are all applied skills and technologies the Codility Platform can now automatically assess.
In 2018, we've released tasks covering a broad range of skills, and in particular, we've introduced Real-life Engineering Skills to our library. This new style of task provides a way to assess a candidate's everyday applied engineering skills, great for assessing experienced developers who've worked in the industry for a few years or more.
CodeLive 2.0: Making it Easier to Connect with Candidates
We've added a ton of new functionality to CodeLive this year, driven by user feedback about which features would make a difference for their technical interviews.
First we added a voice and video call feature to CodeLive so that remote interviews can be run completely in the Codility interface. This was followed by enabling Access Codes, so interviewers can quickly enter and start a CodeLive interview without needing to log into Codility or have permanent account access. Then we added Score Cards so interviewers can quickly provide their personal evaluation of the candidate, automatically attached to the candidate report for the rest of the team to see.
For interviewers, we added three new room formats to make their CodeLive set up even smoother. Choose from Template, Whiteboard or Report mode - depending on whether you want consistency, full flexibility or better focus on technical discussion respectively.
Sponsored Challenges: to Enhance Employer Branding
2018 saw us launch a new product in the employer branding space, to help clients hiring globally raise awareness of their engineering team amongst the developer community.
Hosted on the Programmers' Home, Sponsored Challenges made a big splash, with 212% growth in challenge participants compared to the previous year.
“With our Codility Sponsored Challenge, we were able to put our brand in front of thousands of talented developers and stand out in a fresh, unique way. We’re also really happy with how much exposure we got in the global developer community.” - Denise Dresler, Director of TA
Download Avature's customer story here.
Better Tests = Better Candidate Experiences
Earlier in the year we finished research showing a correlation between poor candidate experience and common test set-up mistakes. What resulted was a project to vastly improve the way users create tests.
It can be tough to navigate the Task Library, so we designed the Test Builder to help users select the right tasks for their test, based on the type of role and seniority level they're recruiting for. Whether it's a senior front-end developer role, or a data science intern, the Test Builder searches the Task Library for the best tasks and preselects them for the user to review.
For those who prefer to build their tests independently, we've included tips right into the interface which nudge the user based on selected tasks, giving them feedback about how to make their test more candidate-friendly without sacrificing on insights.
To learn about what 2019 has in store, join us for our Product Review webinar in January where we'll be demo'ing the latest new additions to the Codility platform, and talking about what is coming up around the corner.