CodeSignal Customer Stories: Ascend.io

“The engineers that we have hired from CodeSignal are incredibly strong.  Try it. There’s really nothing that you have to lose and you only have a bunch of incredible candidates to gain.”
— Megan Stern, Technical Recruiter, Ascend.io

Traditional resume-based recruiting delivering unqualified candidates
Ascend.io develops big data analytic solutions and has an extremely high technical bar for their engineering team.  Megan started at Ascend when the company was just five people and was hired to build out a strong engineering team.  Megan found that with traditional resume-based recruiting, candidates were passing the initial tests but were failing the onsite interviews.   She was investing a tremendous amount of time on a process that wasn’t working.

 

Skills-based recruiting delivers qualified candidates
Megan was looking for a recruiting solution that could give her more information on a candidate’s skills.pivoted her recruiting process to focus on skills-based recruiting because it could give her team greater insight into a candidate’s technical skills.  When Megan is interested in hiring a candidate from CodeSignal she looks at the candidate’s score on CodeSignal to give her an ideas of the candidate’s technical skills.  In addition, the CodeSignal integration with Lever helped create a smooth implementation process.  To date, Ascend.io has hired 7 engineers from the CodeSignal Community, and recently hired a candidate in just two weeks.  


Hiring Quality Technical Talent
With over 10+ years of full stack engineering experience, Oliver Hu is a seasoned engineer.  He was looking for new position and came across Codefights.  He signed up for CodeSignal because he thought it was a good resource to help him prepare for his upcoming technical interviews.  He found the CodeSignal experience to be “easy and fun”. While working on CodeSignal, he indicated that he was open to a new role and was contacted by a CodeSignal Talent Success Manager.  Through CodeSignal, Oliver was presented to multiple companies and chose to work with Ascend because “I was so impressed with the company”.

 

Ready to see how CodeSignal can help you grow your engineering team? Sign up for a free demo. Our team will walk you through the ways that the CodeSignal Recruiter skills-based model can help you hire quality, talented engineers faster, with less effort.

 

CodeSignal Customer Stories: Wizeline

Customer Wizeline uses CodeFights to source, assess, and interview engineers

“You would be wrong to assume that CodeSignal is just like any other other tool to automate technical recruiting on the markets. CodeSignal should be your weapon when it comes to attracting technical talent.” – Vidal Gonzalez, Wizeline CTO

Wizeline builds scalable software solutions (like AI-driven chatbots) for its customers. Since they create software for other companies, they need to make sure that their engineering team is full of innovative, talented engineers who can deliver amazing products quickly.

Wizeline is a truly international company, with offices all over the world. When they started growing their Guadalajara office, the talent acquisition team needed a way to scale up their engineering team quickly. But they didn’t want to hire just anybody – they wanted to hire strong, innovative engineers. This meant that they needed a strong recruitment system.  They researched recruiting tools that could help them reach their hiring goals. Ceci Salazar, the Talent Acquisition Manager at Wizeline, heard about CodeSignal Recruiter from a coworker.

Ceci and her team tried CodeSignal Recruiter’s sourcing service. The Wizeline engineering team tried out the Test and Interview tools. Together, they agreed that CodeSignal Recruiter would be a great way to streamline their technical recruiting process. Vidal Gonzalez, Wizeline’s CTO, says that CodeSignal’ tools are a great fit for Wizeline’s engineering-driven company culture.

Talented engineering candidates

Wizeline uses CodeSignal Recruiter Source to get access to pre-qualified engineers from the CodeSignal community. Candidates they get from CodeSignal, like Ziad Mohamed, tend to have higher conversion rates. The Wizeline talent acquisition team loves knowing that the candidates they get through CodeSignal are driven and challenge-oriented, and that they love to keep learning. The team’s recruitment process has been streamlined and simplified with CodeSignal Recruiter.

Skills-based recruiting

It’s simple for their recruiting team to send out coding tests since so much of the process is automated. This means the recruiting team can immediately assess inbound applicants and prospects who have been sourced from online job boards. Since they are testing candidate skills at the very top of the recruitment funnel, this eliminates unqualified people right away. Ultimately, this saves the engineering team a lot of time, since they don’t need to spend time screening or interviewing candidates who don’t have the necessary skills.

Data-driven decisions

Vidal loves how much data CodeSignal Recruiter gives to his hiring team. While the candidate information is useful, he also appreciates the level of insight that data from the hiring team gives him into their interviewing process. So if the statistics from an individual interviewer looks abnormal, he and his team can dig into the interview data to see what’s going on. The standardization and consistency that they get using the Test and Interview tools means that he feels confident in the decisions that his team makes about candidates.

Uncovering diverse talent

CodeSignal Recruiter lets Wizeline to focus on skills instead of educational or work credentials. So it’s gone a long way towards eliminating hidden biases in the recruiting process! As a result, their engineering team is extremely diverse, which supports one of Wizeline’s core hiring goals. (Interested in working for Wizeline? Take a look at their Careers page!)

A partner in recruiting

Wizeline considers CodeSignal to be an valuable partner in their recruitment process. They appreciate the close relationship they have with their CodeSignal Account Executive, who’s always available to answer questions and help out. Ceci says, “The relationship we have built with CodeSignal is really valuable. We feel like they really know our business, so they have become partners for our growth.”


Since they started using CodeSignal Recruiter, Wizeline has sent out 348 coding assessments with the Test tool. They’ve also conducted 152 technical interviews using the Interview tool. Their recruiting and engineering teams have saved time and energy. CodeSignal Recruiter has helped them streamline their entire technical recruiting process!

Ready to see how CodeSignal can help you grow your engineering team too? Sign up for a free demo. Our team will walk you through the ways that CodeSignal Recruiter can streamline your recruiting process too. CodeSignal Recruiter makes it easy to hire the talented engineers you need to grow your company.

CodeSignal Talent Story: Marcus Currie + Evernote

What does it take to go from being an industry outsider to becoming a software engineer at one of the best-known companies in Silicon Valley?

Marcus Currie started using CodeSignal because he wanted a platform that would help him prepare for technical interviews. He ended up with much more than that! With CodeSignal, Marcus leveled up his programming skills, connected with several high profile companies, and ended up with his dream job.

Catching the software development bug

Marcus Currie majored in electrical engineering in school. Afterwards, he worked for the Department of Defense as a physical design engineer. He started to learn web development after college. (He wanted to create an online Dominion game that he and his friends could play!) As he learned more and built his app, Marcus realized that he wanted to pursue software development as a career.

He taught himself HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python, among other skills, but he knew there were gaps in his knowledge – especially when it came to computer science basics. He was applying to jobs, but was finding it hard to get traction since he didn’t have a “traditional” background. Without a computer science degree and without any industry experience, most recruiters were just bypassing his resume.  

Breaking into Silicon Valley

Marcus needed a way to level the playing field. He started searching for a platform that could help him prepare for software engineering interviews by filling in those gaps. (Think algorithms and data structures that get taught in computer science programs, but aren’t commonly used outside of school.) He found an ad for CodeSignal on Facebook and signed up. It ended up being exactly the boost he needed!

He used Interview Practice to learn and practice essential computer science topics that he knew would come up in technical interviews. Once he felt prepared, he signed up for CodeSignal Jobs. The CodeSignal team connected him with recruiters from multiple Silicon Valley companies, and he ended up going onsite for interviews with three of them. It wasn’t long before he got an offer to come work for Evernote as a software engineer. Evernote met all of his requirements for a dream job – interesting work, products he already used, and a great company culture. He accepted Evernote’s offer and moved to the Bay Area. Now he and his new co-workers enjoy playing Dominion together at lunch!

CodeSignal was integral in getting Marcus prepared for technical interviews, connecting him with recruiters at awesome companies, and transitioning him into the next exciting phase of his career.

Join the skills-based revolution!

At CodeSignal, we believe that a person’s skills matter way more than their educational credentials or their work history. That’s why we created CodeSignal Jobs to help talented software developers find their dream jobs. And we created CodeSignal Recruiter to help connect companies with hidden gem engineers who have the skills they need. Join us as we remake the future of tech hiring!