Thoughts on hiring from Bootcamps?

New / Sales LadyCloser
Dec 18, 2018 18 Comments

How are bootcamp graduates seen in your interview process? Does your team automatically reject non-CS grads? Is there a harder interview process for bootcamp grads? Does your company use HackerRank or some kind of code test to let anyone apply? I’m also curious how bootcamp camp grads are treated as part of the team?

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TOP 18 Comments
  • Microsoft okatrt
    Bullshit 90% of the time.
    Dec 18, 2018 3
    • New / Sales LadyCloser
      OP
      What’s the rare 10%? Are some programs getting it right?
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Microsoft okatrt
      What do you expect after doing it?
      Dec 18, 2018
    • New / Sales LadyCloser
      OP
      Getting an entry level job or internship
      Dec 18, 2018
  • We’ve hired from boot camps with success. The key is to look for hunger. Lots of hungry but cash/time strapped folk go through boot camps vs. CS degree and do just fine based on brute force learning.

    I’ll take a hungry bootcamper over an entitled CS grad any day.
    Dec 18, 2018 2
  • Facebook Whateverrs
    I don't usually pay that much attention to education when interviewing someone. The resume screener typically did that already, it's separate, I evaluate what I'm told to evaluate. Similarly, people don't talk that much about school while working.

    I've worked with many people who didn't gave cs degrees, or who didn't have a degree at all. In some ways it's impressive when high performers are self-taught and are fully aware of cs concepts that other cs majors may have forgotten or never cared about.

    Yes, nearly every firm uses something like hacker rank or leetcode or coderpad in initial screenings before onsite interviews.

    It might be difficult to get hired straight out of bootcamp into one of the highest paying companies, but that should have more to do with experience and skills than just where you learned them.

    Yes there is a huge variation in quality of bootcamp programs, and I wouldn't know which to recommend. A good program should at least help you get an entry level programming job at a small less well-known company. After a few years, what you've learned on the job will matter more than what you learned in bootcamp.

    At least make sure you're going to learn a real programming language like python or whatever, I've seen some that spend months just teaching html/css.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Apple vAAA81
    No policy. I interview them occasionally. Never seen one actually get an offer.
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Tableau Ydobon
      That's my experience, as well.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Facebook iamCap
    Most of then can’t pass the interview. Those who do, are usually better than CS grads as they have higher self motivation to learn and more passion for the field than average CS grad that passes the interview
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Apple TimmyC00k
    Interviewed some of them and it seemed that most of them would have been great people to work with, but I would have to do all of their work though!!
    They had huge knowledge gaps whenever I dug a little deep into any particular question.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng :!
    Interviewed some. Most of them will struggle at entry level.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng
    Jckr

    Uber Eng

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    Jckrmore
    If I have to interview a candidate regardless of their background I hope they will pass. I’ve had a few boot camp candidates, so far they all failed the interview.

    We’ve also done a number of interview prep sessions with Hackbright Academy.

    Overall Uber interviewers don’t care about where a candidate comes from, we never bring this up during debrief. My personal opinion is that bootcamp graduates don’t necessarily have the skills to be an entry level, big tech engineer, but that’s also true from CS grads.
    Dec 27, 2018 0
  • US Navy / IT Boonaki
    I get all of my candidates from boot camp.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Apple iWork
    I’d hire a bootcamper for a contract position. I’ve worked at two large companies and they would be both ok at hiring as contract for front end work to get a task done and in that process if they shine (not just doing what they’re told but seeing gaps or adding value to the team) they’d be considered full time. Shining would involve deepening their knowledge around the fundamentals.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng
    E7

    Facebook Eng

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    E7more
    Same interview process but they fail the interview. Bootcamp often lacks CS fundamentals.
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng fDXL92
    A woman in my team was hired from bootcamp (she worked at a startup before so she had some work experience after her bootcamp)
    Dec 18, 2018 0