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Taking assessments to highlight your skills

On Hired, Software Engineering candidates have the ability to take our Programming Skill Assessments that help show their abilities as a software engineer to employers who are looking to interview them. This is a great way for you to stand out and highlight actual programming ability beyond any previous work experience you may have. Here's how it works:


1. Select an assessment
Select the assessment(s) that best corroborates your role and skills in your primary area of expertise on your profile.

2. Optimize your results
Take each assessment up to 3 times in a 72-hour period to try to improve your results.

3. Make your profile shine
A badge on your profile helps you stand out and gives employers confidence in your skills, increasing your chances of getting hired.

 

Choosing Assessment(s)

You are able to take as many assessments as you want to show your ability but be aware that to the extent possible, you want to take assessments that help corroborate your ability for a specific set of roles or specializations you feel highlight your top areas of expertise for the jobs you want to pursue.


Taking the Assessment

In the programming portion of the assessment, you'll be provided a programming question and an online IDE to write code on the Hired Assessments platform. You'll be required to finish the programming question(s) within the allotted time you've been provided. To better familiarize yourself with our interface, you can always try a sample challenge.



Viewing your results

Once you've completed your assessment, we give you the ability to see how you've scored and also compare how you did in relation to other candidates who have taken the same question.



Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I take an assessment?

It can improve your chances of getting hired. Since Assessments were made available on Hired, candidates who have earned a badge have been hired more than 2 times as often as those who haven't.


When can I take an assessment?

We recommend taking the assessment early in your promotion period to maximize the benefits of achieving a qualifying result; however, assessments can be taken at any time and they are optional.


Who will see my results and what do they see?

When you earn your badge, companies on our platform will automatically see it on your profile. If you don't earn a badge, only companies who you decide to share your results with will see them.


Employers can see the assessment badge, a playback of your code, the time it took you, which test cases you passed, and your total score for each section. Not all employers will see all aspects of your results.


Which assessment should I take and what language should I take an assessment in?

We recommend taking the assessment and using the language that best matches your role and primary area of expertise to help corroborate the skills on your profile.You can take more than one assessment type if you'd like and use more than one language.


Please note that employers can only request the Programming Skills Assessment. If you accept the invitation to take this assessment, employers will be notified when you release your results.


Will I get to skip stages in the interview process if I take an assessment?

Each company on our platform manages their own interview process, so we can't promise that you’ll be able to skip steps. However, certain employers may feel comfortable moving candidates more quickly through the interview process if they have already demonstrated their programming skills by taking an assessment.


How many times can I take an assessment and in what time period?

Each type of assessment can be taken up to 3 times. You have 72 hours (3 days) from the time you have started an assessment, and each assessment has its own timer. If you're happy with your first or second try you can release your results early. If your best results have earned you a badge we encourage you to release your results right away so the badge can be shown on your profile. When the 72 hours expires, if you have earned a badge but you have not released your results, we will automatically do it for you.


Can I use my own IDE?

We know that you may prefer to use a different IDE than the one we provide. While we understand that having your custom macros or other tools at your disposal may help you be more efficient, copying and pasting from your own environment means that employers cannot view playback of your process and may not be able to fully assess your skills. We encourage you to use the IDE provided. If you want to familiarize yourself with our IDE beforehand, please try our sample challenge.


Will employers be able to see that I've taken an assessment multiple times?

No, we do not share the number of times you took an assessment. If you earn a badge, only your highest scoring attempt will be available on your profile. If you didn't earn a badge, only companies who invited you to take an assessment and who you decide to share your results with will see your highest scoring attempt.


Who do I contact if I have a question about my assessment results?

If you have questions about your assessment results, please contact support@hired.com.




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