Indorse is a Coding Assessment startup that recently raised $6.5M for its expansion in India. The Singapore-based startup uses a global network of renowned industry experts to assess and confirm the abilities, expertise, and achievements of tech candidates. By leveraging human intelligence and cutting-edge technology, Indorse raises the bar with innovative solutions unleashing the power of skills.
How can you tell a good software developer from a bad one? And what are you currently doing to find the candidates that actually have the skills that meet your standards?
These two questions are straightforward, but the fact is that finding the right developer, engineer and/or data scientist is not an easy task.
It is no secret that some of the top jobs and skills1 in India, across most sectors and industries, are Software Engineers and Data Scientists. Indisputably, and for the last few years across India, ‘Software Engineer’ is at the top position hired for.
Yes, you guessed it right. The reason is because of their skills.
The boom of tech startups, web & mobile applications, companies using data analytics, tech industries working with machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the emerging industry of Internet of things (IoT), etc., is fuelled by software skills. Big tech companies who are settling in India are all in need of skilled developers, engineers and data scientists!
These trends are shaping the Indian job market, pushing SMEs to compete with each other for the right tech candidates. And on top of that, you find big tech companies, and other renowned startups, that pick up the cream leaving a small pool to hire from.
Indeed, the first issue that arises is the brutal competition for hiring developers; making the quest to find software skills even more difficult. However, small and big companies have found clever ways to source tech candidates.
Companies have come up with different witty job titles & descriptions, and go beyond traditional job platforms to source candidates. Some use the expertise and the network of recruiting firms, while also tapping on platforms that are not specifically known for sourcing. For example, developer groups on Slack, Reddit, GitHub, freelancer platforms, etc. Other methods include refining the company branding on social media channels and websites like Glassdoor.
The focus also goes beyond the online world. SMEs have been reusing good old fashioned methods that were put aside, e.g. meetups, conferences, coding bootcamps and internal sourcing with employee referral programs.
But all these have been covered by a lot of specialised companies and professionals. What seems to be missing is the next step, the technical assessment of developers. Once you have your list of candidates, there is always a huge gap between the expectations and expertise. But why? You did find the perfect channel for sourcing and the job description was crystal clear!
The question that arises: How can we guarantee that the hiree actually has the skills necessary for the job?
If you believe that resumes are enough, then the rest of this article will not be for you. Although, trying something new can only enrich your hiring process!
Indorse was founded with the belief that what matters are skills. Not your origin, your skin color, or cultural background, not even your degree. What actually matters are skills and the capacity to showcase skills.
Coding skills listed on a resume often do not match real-life development skills. Too many times the gap in technical knowledge is only discovered during the interview phase, and several times even after joining the company. This is an enormous waste of time and financial resources. A bad hire is costly.
Assessing the skills of a candidate is a phase that is more and more vital in tech hiring, and for all sized companies. This is especially true when your sourcing stage was successful and you received multiple applications.
Companies today want to know if the candidate has the required coding skills in programming languages like SQL, Java, Python, .NET, C++, etc. A piece of paper is not enough to validate the skills of a developer, and working experience is not perfectly adapted for rapidly changing technologies. That is why going to the root of the problem, the skills, is the best way to grasp the capabilities of a developer, data scientist or an engineer.
The problem, however, was that no existing technology was able to put forward the actual real-life development skills of technologists. No tool was able to thoroughly test the coding skills of developers with objectivity and transparency.
Most of today’s technical skills platforms test code snippets or propose multiple choice questions (MCQs), thus focusing only on the superficial capacities of developers. Coding skills are evaluated by technologies (e.g. AI) not yet ready to fully grasp the quality of code, or by internal teams that lack objectivity.
Today, a new path is open, focused on actual skills. Indorse leverages a network of renowned industry experts spread across the globe to evaluate the coding skills of technologists. It goes beyond simple code snippets & MCQs and dives in the real development capabilities of tech candidates.
The formula to look beyond resumes and start spotting talented developers requires 3 crucial elements: real coding tests for candidates, top-notch experts to assess codes and skills of candidates, and finally a report that showcases the actual real-life capabilities of the candidate.
All three elements are an integral part of the Indorse platform. It allows businesses to discover great tech talents that might not otherwise be within reach through traditional approaches. And most importantly, it gives the power to finally tell a good candidate from a bad one with the guarantee of renowned industry experts working at top tech companies.
Today’s recruiters, startups and enterprises need quality candidates. A winning tech team influences the product and the development of the business. There is no room for hires that do not have the necessary skills for the job.
“Skills development”, “skills-gap”, are on everyone’s lips and has become one critical challenge to unlock the full potential of India’s workforce. A lot has been said, written and done by senior government leaders, academia, NGOs to tackle this. However, less has been developed to build and encourage technology-based avenues to allow talents to showcase their existing skills. The way forward is to infuse technology-based solutions focused on skills. That is what Indorse is all about, leveraging human intelligence with cutting-edge technology to find the developers that meet your standards!
For the first time, a company introduces itself to India with a focus on India’s tech skills. The potential is there, the only missing element is the tool to test skills. Indorse is a technology and a promise to finally spot the right developers for your business. It believes in skills and the importance of showcasing skills; with an ultimate goal to bring together the plethora of undiscovered talents with the booming numbers of tech companies in one of the largest startup ecosystem in the world!
Go beyond resumes, start hiring for skills!