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Forty-one companies, including Yammer, JP Morgan Chase, Salesforce and came in search for top Software Engineering talent.
The day began with project demos from our graduating students. These projects, which student teams built in the last four weeks of the program, included an app that can process and analyze biometric data, a program built by students in our remote program that uses IBM’s Watson to analyze personality traits of Twitter users by location and keyword, and a smart home management system, that allows users to manage energy usage by connected devices.
“I was really impressed with the demos that I saw,” said Neeraj Korde of Minted. “There was a lot of functionality crammed into their projects.”
“The demos are always really good,” added Kiran Kaza of Chase, who has attended several Hiring Days.
Several employers were vocal about Hack Reactor’s effectiveness in finding people with a strong set of attributes and training them to be excellent Software Engineers.
“We’ve hired 4.0 GPAs from top colleges and they can’t do diddlysquat,” said Andrew Lippert of Redbird, who noted that his company is sending an employee to our May cohort for professional development training. “A four-year academic degree is just a piece of paper. Here [at Hack Reactor], it’s, ‘can you work collaboratively and deploy git commits to production’. It’s a totally different, much more valuable story. Hack Reactor blends that professional development experience with the academic understanding of the tools.”
NodePrime’s Mike Areen was similarly enthusiastic about the talent pool available at Hack Reactor: “Whoever finds the students for Hack Reactor does a good job. It’s really invigorating to be around people who are so excited about coding. They can really produce something from A to Z. That’s what a company is looking for. We’ve hired 4 out of our 25 Engineers from Hack Reactor. The candidates that you pull from bring enthusiasm and freshness. It’s important on the project side and also on the cultural side. We call Hack Reactor our best kept secret.”
Several employers spotted specific traits and technologies that they are looking for in their next hires.
“They have a strong understanding of how to work with APIs and frameworks,” noted Seulgi Kim of Yammer.
“I checked out the demos and thought, ‘alright, they can put together an end to end product’, which is what we’re looking for,” said Drew Hylbert of aboutLife.
The demos were followed by a series of 10-minute interviews between employers and students. Our Hiring Team works with students and companies ahead of time to maximize mutual interest. Each employer had around ten such conversations, and each student had about 7-8. Quite a few of these discussions lead to a formal first interview.
“I’m just impressed with the quality of these candidates,” said Julian Ong of EAT Club.
Companies that have been to many Hiring Days and those that are new to the process both found Hack Reactor to be an excellent source of candidates.
“It’s really hard to find good prospects, and it’s really great to have so many good prospects all in one place,” said Yammer's Hilary Holz. “Going through these resumes, by and large, there are a lot of really good fits.”
“We love Hack Reactor,” said Mei Chen of Famo.us. “About half of our engineers are hired from Hack Reactor.”
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