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HackerRank Releases Strongest Student Developers, Requires Better Candidate selection process


Over 1.4 million assessments, the best-performing students don’t always attend top-ranked universities
Technology lets enter students in to the fast-paced ecosystem where they tend to invest their time trying out the latest inventions as developers use programming. However, the technical hiring platform HackerRank suggests recruiters should probably decelerate a bit and go back to master the candidate selection process. HackerRank recently released university rankings that identify which universities around the world have students with the strongest key developer skills. The rankings were brought out according to a lot more than 1.4 million student assessments administered by potential employees on HackerRank’s platform throughout their interview processes. The rankings suggest the best student developers as well as their performance don't align with university reputation.
The study also suggests ranking schools (based on technical skills that employers need) are a better indication of professional success than university-centric data points like teaching, citations, and research, and therefore a more valuable guide for tech recruiters and hiring managers.
Research reflects lesser-known ones among top universities
Though the result indicates the top developers come from shinning universities, most of the best student developers attend universities that emphasize practical skills don't fall into the known popular universities. Additionally, HackerRank provides a blueprint for where technical recruiters will find the best new developers to fill the growing number of jobs in this field.
HackerRank categorized it makes sense based on student performance in four key skills: problem-solving, language proficiency, data structures knowledge and Information technology (CS) fundamentals. The key finding in the research includes universities in the Americas the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
o Within the Americas, the best-performing students attend a mix of traditional top-tier CS programs and lesser-known ones. Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon ranked highly, but schools like Stanford, MIT, and Princeton – while contained in the analysis – made no appearances across the four skills. UC Berkeley had a strong showing across all four key skills, likely as a result of mixture of a CS curriculum that emphasizes focusing on interdisciplinary real-world projects, and it is strong developer culture. Other schools that ranked in the top five for different skills were Arizona State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
o The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) lead the Asia-Pacific region, driven by their specialization in creating curriculums that focus on engineering and technology. IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras appeared in every category, and just two non-IIT universities – Banaras Hindu University and Vellore Institute of Technology – ranked in this region.
o Imperial College London was the only real university in Europe to rank across all four skills. Imperial College’s concentrate on helping students learn through “a focus on practical work” gives its students strong real-world skills. Though it’s not typically recognized among top CS programs, Turkey’s Bilkent University also ranked among the top five for two from the key skills, which makes it an overlooked talent pool for university recruiters.
Vivek Ravisankar, co-founder and CEO of HackerRank, advised, \”This isn’t just a challenge for tech companies – to stay competitive, companies in each and every industry must evolve their technical recruiting processes.\”

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