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Danielle Newnham@daniellenewnham · Founder, The Junto Network. Author
Love this but would there be a way to include top performing grads from all schools vs top schools? I fear diversity pool would be limited otherwise
Austin Sandmeyer@as_austin · Thinker/Student/Rockstar
@daniellenewnham the "top tier school" part always makes me cringe... I understand the prestige with these grads, no doubt. But still...
amitm
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@amitm
@as_austin @daniellenewnham We are taking applicants from all schools, but we wanted to limit to a few schools when we launched. This is something that we are actively trying to figure out. I agree that top school is not necessarily the best indicator of a engineer's aptitude. Interviews and code samples also have bias, but they can be better indicators. Unfortunately, startups that hire are busy and interviewing is extremely time consuming. With a candidate from a top CS program, a recruiter can take some shortcuts. They generally know what kind of education the candidate got and that the candidate had to pass as set of standardized filters to get there. However, we are working hard on figuring this out. There are tons of very good engineers without name brands on their resumes. We need to a) figure out how to demonstrate their aptitude and b) convince companies that our judgement is good. It's a hard problem and we want to solve it
amitm
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@amitm
@as_austin @daniellenewnham On this front, we launched quizzes on AngelList last year: https://angel.co/quizzes. We have more stuff in the pipeline
Marco Marandiz@allthingsmarco · Product Manager at HomeAway
@amitm @as_austin @daniellenewnham "With a candidate from a top CS program, a recruiter can take some shortcuts." That's a dangerous statement. There are so many social factors that can grant a person access to a school, none of which relate to the education that person received.
Dawn Casey-Rowe@runningdmc
@amitm @as_austin @daniellenewnham An AngelList credential/certification that measures proficiency in several fields accurately...that would be a fantastic feature.
amitm
Maker
@amitm
@allthingsmarco @as_austin @daniellenewnham Completely agree. That is why we want to solve this so badly.
David Feng@davidsfeng · Co-Founder at Reamaze
@amitm @as_austin @daniellenewnham I'm always concerned whenever the phrase "top performing" is used in hiring. I'd be more interested to know what the candidate is interested in pursuing rather than having recruiters go after the "top performing". That will really make things easier instead of taking shortcuts. Even standardized filters can't really weed out candidates who might be smart but have limited passions in specific projects.
amitm
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@amitm
@davidsfeng Yep. Super important. For A-List, we grab a lot of unstructured and structured data around candidate preferences. We use this data to create better matches and to allow recruiters to make better judgement calls on who to reach out to. Right now we track candidate interests in markets, team size, programming languages, and company stage. We are constantly improving on this and adding more. The goal is to save everyone time and only match companies and candidates with a high chance of hire.
Özkan Altuner@ozkanaltuner · Wanderlust
@amitm Indeed, "There are tons of very good engineers without name brands on their resumes"
Ankur Kumar@ankscricholic · AI research
Elitist. Unlike hiring a MBA, a skillset of software engineer can be demonstrated and tested with rounds of interview process with near precise accuracy. It also discourages diversity. Ivies are not a great place to look if you want to hire a fresh talented black CS grad. My $0.02
Austin Sandmeyer@as_austin · Thinker/Student/Rockstar
@ankscricholic sadly it does discourage diversity. But many startups supposedly "need" the name and prestige these graduates can bring with their alma mater.
Jason Crawford@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
We've been using A-List to hire at Fieldbook, and it's good. Lots of students on here with great backgrounds. Definitely recommended for companies hiring 2017 grads.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
From my experience, traditional (IRL) career fairs are so inefficient. We're offered to attend some on occasion and pass because of the time commitment. Small startups often don't have the time to travel and host a booth to meet and review a relatively small number of candidates.
Uli Santos G@ulisantosg · Full Stack R&D, Forrent.com
Love the idea, but sad AngelList is looking to make a quick buck from their 'top tier' profiles. It is hard for me to have confidence in your selection algorithm when you have already discriminated by alma mater.