Building Algora on Algora

Screening with bounties

Hiring by building product

Last year we decided to hire summer interns. We wanted to know how well someone would perform on the job, so we gave our top candidates a real paid task from our backlog. Introducing a payment allowed us to ask for something challenging and lengthy, while also respecting the candidates’ time.

We shared this paid challenge ($200) with the 10 student engineers whose resumes we liked the most and gave them a week to complete it. A couple of them didn't touch the challenge, a few started it but dropped it half-way, 5 of them submitted pull requests, and three of them (1, 2, 3) were awarded the bounty & summer internship.

From our experience, hiring by building product predicts on-the-job performance really well.

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