Who’s getting the referrals? Sharing some data

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Jul 21 23 Comments

I run repher.me which is a simple app to give/get referrals. I gathered some data on successful/unsuccessful candidates on the platform.

Around 77% of candidates generated interest (someone clicked on the “refer” button). Around 20% of candidates generated significant interest (over 3 people clicked on the button or shared their contact info). I decided to compare these two sets of candidates.

See the chart for results. Summary: people prefer bay area/seattle/nyc software engineers/product managers who work at FAANGMULA

Some notes:
- Verified workplace increased referral rate by 4x

- Foreign was mostly Indian candidates

- Unsuccessful candidates had more elaborate job titles and worked at companies I never heard of

- US/Canada major city includes Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Portland, Toronto, Vancouver etc..

- Other features like school, years of experience, linkedin/github/leetcode had low correlation

- Seemingly good candidates who got 0 interest applied to small startups (no potential referrers)

Who’s getting the referrals? Sharing some data Who’s getting the referrals? Sharing some data

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  • Credit Karma / Data
    SrfrBoi69

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    I appreciate the unique content, OP, but are there any *interesting* takeaways from the data?
    Jul 21 3
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      OP
      I was surprised that students don’t fare well on the platform, even when they were from top schools
      Jul 21
    • Google 🐴~~~
      OP
      Also surprised that product managers do really well
      Jul 21
    • Credit Karma / Data
      SrfrBoi69

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      Thank you, OP. Cool stuff.
      Jul 21
  • Google PCBro
    Ad
    Jul 21 0
  • Neurocrine MAGA.
    Hey Alex
    Jul 21 4
    • Google 🐴~~~
      OP
      Sup
      Jul 21
    • Neurocrine MAGA.
      I had 2 people reach out to me offering me a referral.

      Thanks a lot for creating this useful platform. It has been very helpful for me 😊

      Some suggestions:
      1. I understand how adding a company name adds credibility and is necessary. However, not being able to provide my personal email I'd can be a bummer because people reach out to me on my professional id which is tracked. I reply to them using my personal id.

      2. Suggestions from people working in the target companies on similar positions will be valued. It can also boost the changes of getting an interview call (in my case, I didn't get an interview call even after the referral).
      Jul 21
    • Google 🐴~~~
      OP
      I’m so happy to hear that you got referrals! Sorry it didn’t work out in the end.

      1. You can register with personal email, work email is only required to give referrals.

      2. I didn’t understand what you said. Can you clarify?
      Jul 21
    • Neurocrine MAGA.
      1. I see, I wasn't aware of that. People reached out to me on professional id, so I presumed that's what's visible to the referrer.

      2. Sure. In my case, I didn't get an interview call even after the referral. However, I believe if the referrer had the option to provide feedback on my resume (maybe a resume feedback open text when contacting the referee) or if the website could match people based on the job title and target company, then I could have got some feedback on my resume from the right people which would have boosted the chances of getting an interview call.

      Feel free to pm me if you have questions.
      Jul 21
  • New / Eng
    leteCode

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    leteCodemore
    I'm a student with Cs degree from a good university(in India).
    My dream is to work in an international location as a software engineer.
    I genuinely love coding and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds
    How can I reach my dream?
    Other than Google and Facebook, which other companies give new grads this opportunity?
    Jul 21 3
    • Google 🐴~~~
      OP
      Maybe try to work at local office of a large company?
      Jul 21
    • Facebook / Eng
      dividebyz

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      dividebyzmore
      Hi student, you're already at an international location.
      Jul 21
    • New / Eng
      leteCode

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      😂😂 Ok fine, I get your point.
      Blind is full of sarcasm :p
      Jul 22
  • Neurocrine MAGA.
    Good job on the website and the idea execution but lol on the graphs. You need to hire a data scientist:

    1. Tech is a part of fangmula, so your pie chart has overlapping data points.

    Solution - create non-overlapping labels

    2. Software engineer obviously forms a big chunk of your user base, which is evident from the second chart which shows tje majority of people who got (or did not get) a referral belong to that category.

    Solution - Analyze people who got (or did not get) referrals as a % of total users in that category. Example - 60% of software engineers got 3+ referrals, 20% got 1-3 referrals, and 20% got 0 referrals.

    3. Userbase insight isn't crisp.

    Solution - Split the location into Bay, Seaatle, NY, and others since almost 3/4th of your user base is in these major cities.

    4. Insights on the referrer would also be very helpful. Like company name, ethnicity etc so you can target them better?

    I am not trying to nitpick but just mentioning things I noticed so you can use those insights to better analyze data. I am a data scientist so these things catch my attention real quick 😊
    Jul 21 1
    • Google 🐴~~~
      OP
      1. I should’ve clarified, tech refers to non-faangmula tech

      2. Sure thing

      3. There’s no obvious correlation differences with those 3 regions

      4. Will do
      Jul 21
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    JonKilDany

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    Wow, this is cool!
    Jul 21 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Spam
    Jul 21 0
  • What are examples of “elaborate job titles”? I’ve been wondering if I need to change my job title on my resume because my official title is misleading.
    Jul 21 3
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      OP
      “Senior member of consulting staff”, “Technical solutions architect”, “Embedded machine learning engineer”
      Jul 21
    • US Navy / Mgmt mjTB56
      I include my official job title (Lead Scientist) then also put “Software Development Manager” which tracks my actual duties. Every person I work with has the title ‘XXX Scientist’, doesn’t help me get traction in the outside world.
      Jul 21
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      I would just put engineering manager then
      Jul 21
  • Citrix Systems / Eng peda
    Hey op found something very interesting ni e work. Appreciate that 😊👌🏻
    Jul 21 0