Look: People that enjoy the job search usually have two things in common:
First, they have a seamless, smooth and quick interview process.
Second, they have a transparent interview process, involving clear salary/equity/benefits up front and no funny negotiations on the back-end.
This is where Hired.com comes into play, as I believe it meets both requirements spot on.
New job search site/talent marketplace Hired.com may be the most innovative recruiting site on the market. Why? Because in our Hired.com review, it actually benefits the job seeker.
Hired.com is a truly innovative company that is changing the landscape of recruiting in the technology industry. So much so, that I believe Hired Inc is without a doubt, the most innovative company right now in the staffing and recruiting industry. Let’s break down exactly what all the hype is about in our Hired.com review here.
First of all, Hired.com is a really interesting concept.
To my knowledge, what Hired is doing has never been done before in the recruiting industry and is not being replicated anywhere else (yet). The slogan and subtitle alone is enough to really spark some genuine interest for job seekers everywhere.
“The marketplace where tech companies compete to hire you.
Get 5 to 15 real job offers from 1000+ top companies in one week”
With a description like that, Hired.com seems almost too good to be true. Receive 5 to 15 real job offers in a week? That’s a sensational claim. How can one company really claim to deliver you 5-15 qualified job offers in 7 days?
For the most part, it’s really not too good to be true. Rather than reaching out to 3rd party staffing agencies or internal recruiters, technology companies utilize the services of Hired.com to find top talent in the tech industry.
In essence, Hired acts as the recruiting company, sourcing an exclusive group of top technology job seekers that employers are begging to hire.
But what is Hired.com, how is it different than any other job site and why is it so innovative? Let’s get into it all below.
What is Hired.com
Hired.com is a “job marketplace” utilized for both job seekers and employers, focusing on positions such as software engineers, data scientists, software sales professionals, product managers and UI/UX designers.
It’s an exclusive type of job marketplace though, in which you have to formally apply to Hired.com as a job seeker, before potential employers can have access to your profile.
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Once you are accepted into Hired, you are offered transparent opportunities to interview for, specifically relevant to your background.
What is your approval process for candidates and companies? Both candidates and companies are vetted before inclusion in the marketplace. Candidates must have a complete profile and demonstrable talent in a desired technical field. Companies must be venture backed or publicly traded, have a clear need to hire, and be willing to provide compensation and role details in the offers they make on our platform.
Streamlined Process Get 5 to 15 real job offers in one week. Interview with the companies you like.
Salary Upfront Save time. Know your future salary, equity, and signing bonus before you interview.
Hired Signing Bonus Land a job using Hired and we send you a $2,000 signing bonus. Think of it as our way of saying congratulations.
To provide even further insight, here is Hired.com’s President, Mehul Patel, describing the company on Bloomberg TV’s “Taking Stock. Check it out below!
How is it different than other job sites?
Hired.com certainly isn’t for everyone. As I’ve said earlier, you have to apply to be accepted into the program and the majority of the job seekers they accept are in the technology industry. Hired.com is essentially pre-screening both the job candidate and the potential employer to streamline the process as much as possible.
The true difference between Hired.com and other job search sites such as Indeed or Monster is the transparency involved. You are able to see the salary of the position before you interview and receive a number of job offers, over the course of the same time period. As a job seeker, you don’t have to search for positions and manually apply to them on a job search site and wait to hear back from recruiters.
Hired.com sets you up with a “Talent Advocate” who will match your profile with potential employers and present you with an opportunity that fits your needs. At that point, the transparency kicks in as you know exactly the salary you will receive and the company you will be interviewing with.
Simply put, Hired.com seems to take the BS out of the recruiting process.
Add to all of this that Hired.com PAYS YOU $2,000 if you find and accept a job through them, it makes the process that much sweeter.
Here’s how Hired.com works
Sometimes it’s hard to understand exactly how something works without being able to visualize it. So below I’ve created an in-depth look of the process that Hired uses when extending a job offer for a candidate such as yourself. Over the period of each one week job auction with Hired, you will receive emails such as the one below with an official job offer listing your proposed salary, signing bonus, etc.
Why is Hired.com so innovative?
I really believe that Hired.com is changing the game in the recruiting industry, much to the benefit of job seekers. The level of transparency shown throughout the recruiting process is something that I’ve yet to see with any other recruiting service or job search website. As a job candidate, you simply apply for admittance into Hired.com and let the company do the rest of the work for you.
Yes, you do indeed have to interview and earn any job offers you receive. However, you don’t have to search for positions on your own, interview without knowing the company or salary presented, etc.
A Hired.com Review from Quora (included below)
Below is an actual review from Brian via Quora. It’s a pretty detailed look into how Hired.com worked for him specifically as a software engineer looking to make a move from Washington DC to Silicon Valley.
As someone who has personally set up a profile on Hired.com to test out the functionalities, but not gone through the entire interview process as I’m happily employed, Brian sheds some great insights into the process.
I recently found a job via Hired (formerly known as Developer Auctions). At the time, I was living in the DC area and looking for a job in the San Francisco Bay Area.
To apply for an auction, I had to create a profile. Unlike a traditional resume, Hired profiles are first person narratives. It took me a couple of hours over a few days to build out my profile.
I submitted my profile for approval. According to Hired, only 5 percent of applicants are accepted. About 24 hours later (during the Superbowl), I received an email that my profile had been approved.
When the auction went live, I received 6 offers. Every offer listed a specific salary. However, only one listed the specific equity package. The others just referred to the equity as “significant”
I declined the first offer because the job was in NYC and I prefered the Bay Area.
During the phone interview, both myself and the interviewer quickly realized that I wouldn’t be the best fit for the position. I felt that Company 2 would have noticed the mismatch if they had read through my resume before making a bid.
I did an introductory phone call and a tech phone screen. In the end, they said that they would prefer a local candidate.
Company 4 made me an offer directly via e-mail, a violation of Hired’s ToS. I reported the email to Hired and got a $200 gift card.
After the introductory phone screen, they sent me a coding challenge. The coding challenge focussed more on design patterns more than on algorithms. They liked my solution and invited me to an in person interview. In my opinion, the in person interview was overly focussed on API trivia. If they felt that such questions were so important, I would have prefered if they had done a more technical phone screen before inviting me to visit. Needless to say, I didn’t get an offer.
Company 6 ( Clover )
Company 6 ( Clover) also sent a coding challenge. Unlike Company 5, the challenge was timed and focussed on algorithms. I completed the challenge and was invited to an in person interview. I did well and received an offer on the spot. I accepted the offer and am currently in the process of moving to San Francisco.
At time, the process did seem a bit disorganized. For example:
My profile want live immediately after I accepted the invite, even though I wasn’t schedule to join an auction until the next week. My talent advocate immediately corrected the issue after I alerted him.
After the auction began, another talent advocate found my profile via LinkedIn. He sent me an email encouraging me sign up for an auction.
Instead of emailing each other directly, Hired routes all communications between companies and applicants through specially created listserve. The listserve was configured so that all messages were sent to all participants, including the sender of the message.
However, the above issues were relatively minor. I’m sure they will be resolved as the company matures.
My talent advocate (Nick) was incredibly helpful. He gave me useful advice and kept me in the loop on all important developments.
I would strongly recommend Hired to any developers looking for a job with a startup. The experience was far better than working with a traditional recruiter.
Is there a catch to Hired.com?
The only downside of Hired.com right now is it’s limited focus on the technology industry. Unless you’re in the industry and fit the description of jobs that Hired.com is looking for, your might very well be out of luck for now, until they add more positions of need.
Also, Hired.com is only hiring in the major cities of the United States, mainly San Francisco, New York City and Boston at this time. If you’re out of those areas, you either need to relocate or consider another method of finding a position.
At the very least, Hired.com has created a model for success that other companies out their can replicate for other types of positions as it certainly benefits both the job seeker and the employer.
I’m very interested to see how Hired continues to expand into new markets, similar to their recent move to work with technology sales professionals as well.
Have you had any success yet with Hired.com? Drop us your personal Hired.com review in the comments section and let me know your experience with them. Has it been great, average or were you denied from admittance. I’d love to hear about it!
Transparency Note: Some of the links in this article are referral links. If you do end up applying and accepting an offer though Hired.com, I would receive a referral bonus (at no additional cost to you). This however, did not change my review in any way, as I truly believe the product/platform is one of the most convenient on the marketplace for technology job seekers.