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I have greatly enjoyed initial assessments provided by Hatchways. Their feedback has been very helpful, and there staff has been very friendly and informative :) If you are able to get interviews on your own that's great and you probably don't need Hatchways or companies like it but if you are running into a brick wall and just want to be judged on your work Hatchways is the way to go :)
As someone without a formal developer background, it was really hard to find a dev job and I never heard back from any companies that I applied to. Luckily, one of the jobs I applied to was using Hatchways as a screening and I was invited to do their initial assessment. At first, I was skeptical. However, I read more about Hatchways’ process and felt pretty good about it. After completing their initial assessment, I got feedback immediately the next morning. I was so shocked at how detailed the feedback was, and how they suggested that I look into high-level React concepts that I had never heard of before. At that point, I knew that they were pretty cool. Afterward, I got invited to the project interview. The project interview involved an existing code base with a framework that I had never seen before. I had always set up my own projects so I was pretty nervous. They advised me to make sure that I was ready to do the project interview assessment within the 2 week time period, however, I was a little too eager and started it right away, forgetting I had some days where I could not work on the project. I recommend that you definitely make sure you are free during the time you have to do the project interview as speed is a factor in how they grade you. For each task I completed during the project interview, I got some great feedback from their team. Beyond learning from doing the tasks, I was also learning A LOT from their comments and suggestions. These were things I definitely would not have learned on my own. At the end of the project interview, I got the feedback a few days after. From there I met with a member of the team for a quick call where I got to ask them questions. I was so impressed because even though the company I originally applied to was no longer searching, they informed me not to worry and that they would be sending out my profile to other companies immediately. Over the next 2 weeks, Hatchways began to send me notifications of companies that were interested. Some companies wanted to interview, other companies asked me to complete additional timed screening assignments. At that point, I was so surprised and excited at all the notifications as I had never heard back from companies before let alone been invited to an interview. While I took it from there in terms of scheduling and completing any assigned tasks, Hatchways was still providing an enormous amount of support. Anytime I had questions on how to handle a certain situation, they answered every single time. Since I had never had a developer interview, I did not know what to expect. Luckily, Hatchways also has interview prep content that helped show me what to expect in the upcoming interviews and in searching for a job on my own time. Not all the interviews worked out, but they provided me with such excellent experiences that I could learn from. Ultimately, after going through the processes and with so much support, I received two job offers (1 from a company Hatchways sourced and 1 from another company). However, even if I hadn’t received any job offers, I would still recommend Hatchways to anyone who is ready to take the step to become a professional developer. The sheer amount that I learned and grew and the amount of support that I received were really amazing. TIPS: - Be ready to take ownership of all your projects through this process, Hatchways provides fantastic support and resources but ultimately it is up to you to make sure you are on top of it - Don’t underestimate the video at the end of the project interview, make sure you put effort into your explanations as it will be shared with potential employers - Always be communicative and send updates to the Hatchway team on how your interviews are going, the more they know, the more they can support you
I had an amazing experience with Hatchways during and after my project-based course. Hatchways is an excellent way for new software engineers to break into the industry. Overall the amazing experience I had at Hatchways was beyond my imagination!
My overall process with Hatchways was great! For the initial coding test, I really appreciated the in depth and quick feedback; it was the best feedback I've ever gotten on a test. When it came to finding a job, my recruiter was incredibly proactive with contacting me for updates and emailing companies, and I really felt like they sped up my hiring process.
Pros - Excellent Service, they do pretty much what they say. Great payment options only pay after you get a job in monthly installments. Excellent resources and metrics, transparent about their evaluation process. Partially transparent interview process for reasons out of their control. Good mentorship and team work, got experience while working in a team of devs. Enjoyed the on demand interview prep services. I got a job through them. Cons - Long interview process if you apply through PI. Great startup wish them the best.
I did the project interview route (not the paid accelerator program). I didn't end up choosing a position from a Hatchways partner company, but I felt the Hatchways process helped prepare me for interviews both inside and outside their program. I'd definitely recommend Hatchways to entry-level devs. Pros: 1. You get valuable feedback during your project interview (real SWE give you code reviews, and help you add professional polish to your code). 2. The staff is kind and genuinely want you to land the best position possible - not just the first place that offers you a role (shout-out to Brandon, Sheril, and Shums). 3. The start-ups sourced by Hatchways are all legit, and range in size from super tiny seed-stage ones to larger, (some very selective/competitive) Series-B and later startups. 4. You'll get loads of experience interviewing without having to send out a ton of applications. 5. Access to free, useful interview prep materials Cons: 1. Though Hatchways ideally should work as a replacement to the technical interview, the larger/more selective companies don't use the Hatchways assessment as such. You still might be asked to do take home projects and live leet-coding. For that reason, the timeline to get hired may vary. 2. All the companies are startups, so you should want to work at a startup :)
Hatchways has been very helpful in helping find a great job. After months of research and hundreds of application, all it took was the matchmaking magic of Hatchways. Very helpful company with a great team. Thank you Hatchways!
Yes. Hatchways previously had paid programs but not anymore. You’ll never have to pay for anything on the Hatchways platform.
Yes! Do one assessment, get access to dozens of companies at once.
This can vary on the developer’s skill and experience level. Some assessments take a developer less than 2 hours to complete. However, we give developers the liberty to complete it on their own time. Which means, if you need a few weeks to pick up a new technology in order to complete the assessment, you are welcome to.
Developers will get matched to companies based on a wide range of factors including how they performed in their assessment, their location, tech stack, past experience and side projects.
You will never get ghosted. With every assessment, you’ll receive feedback on both your hard and soft skills. You’ll receive feedback in the form of PR reviews, comments and a skills rubric.
No. Every project is a mock project. It simulates a real work environment to evaluate your skills and give you useful feedback, but no company will be using the code you write.
After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree from Cooper Union, I struggled to find a company to sponsor my visa. Although I was decent at programming, the stable career path of civil engineers looked more promising at this point. My student visa expired soon, and I had to go back to my home country.
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