Hatchways

Replacing interviews with internships

We use a practical assessment as a proxy for the resume and then use paid internships as a way to reduce full-time interview processes so engineers get a chance to prove themselves on the job.
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Hi! This looks interesting - I like how you're focused on finding opportunities for people who might not get a chance in a traditional interview process. But are you planning to monitor the internships which companies offer? For example, will you set a minimum salary for paid internships advertized on the platform?
@corinna_keefe Yep, nice idea, but the devil is in the details.
@lillian_haye Exactly - I think that's often the problem with this kind of app. How do you make sure that businesses behave well? (I don't have a solution, but I'd love to hear how Hatchways plan to approach the issue.)
@corinna_keefe Hi Corinna thanks for your comment! Yes, companies have to submit their offer to the candidate to us before we finalize their match. We give suggested minimum wages and we do not allow anything below minimum wage (in fact averages are closer to $30-40/hour)
@jaclynling That's great to hear, thank you!
Hey PH, I’m the co-founder and CEO of Hatchways! We make it easier to get your first job. Hatchways helps talented software engineers who may not shine in traditional recruitment processes (resume + multiple interview processes) get opportunities to prove themselves on the job. We do this by using a practical skill-based assessment as a proxy for the resume and then matching them to startups for paid internships, as a way to reduce full-time interview processes. With Hatchways, we’ve now assessed thousands of engineers and have interviewed hundreds through our platform. We have seen time and time again, employers hiring ones that perform the best on the interview, not the ones with the best skill. We want employers to use internships/trial employment as the “interview”--not 5 rounds of coding interview questions. Mainstream hiring processes are highly biased towards those who went to great schools, had high GPAs, are native-English speaking, are extroverts and great networkers. But there are so many talented people who don’t fit that profile. We’re excited to work on ways of hiring that give them a better chance. Would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and even personal stories in this space!
Quick question on what term you think is most suitable for our product:
I like the term "trial employment" better
I like the term "internship" better
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@jaclynling I voted for "internship" because "trial employment" just sounds so much more volatile, even though it's not. But I have to imagine there's something between the two that would work...
@jaclynling Trial employment sounds like an innovative way to find out if a potential employee is a good fit. And it doesn't matter how old the person is or when/if they went to college. A paid internship sounds like it's just for college students and recent grads.
@christine_renee That was definitely our initial thought as well-- that this is not just for students, in fact most of our users are not students that are open to internships. The only issue I have with 'trial employment' is that it takes away the idea that there should be on the job training/ support. But I definitely agree that 'trial' goes both ways-- it's a mutually beneficial way for employers and candidates to get to know if there is a fit before committing.
@pachanas Thank you! I would love to hear if you think of anything in between!
@jaclynling what about apprenticeship ? I noticed that usually companies that have internships and apprenticeships distinguish internships as exclusively for students.
Saw this on Hacker News! Looks really promising :)
@petecodes Thank you Pete :)