Facebook poaches leaders of Refdash interview prep to work on Jobs

Facebook just snatched some talent to fuel his invasion of LinkedIn territory. A source tells TechCrunch that members of the Refdash coding interview application, including at least some of its executives, have been hired by Facebook. The social network confirmed to TechCrunch that the members of the Refdash leadership team come together to work in the Facebook Jobs function that allows companies to promote job offers that users can request instantly.

The great opportunity of Facebook here is that it is a place where people are already navigating naturally. so they can be exposed to job listings even when they are not actively seeking a change of company or career. Since the launch of the function in early 2017, Facebook has focused on manual jobs such as services and jobs in the retail industry that need to be constantly occupied. But the Refdash team could give you more recruiting experience for technical roles, connecting highly skilled workers as computer programmers to positions they need to fill.

Facebook confirms that this is not an acquisition or technically a complete acquisition, since there is no global agreement to buy assets or talent. as a package So far it is not clear exactly what will happen to Refdash now that the members of his team are starting on Facebook this week, although it is possible that it will close now that its leaders have gone to the comfortable campuses of the technology giant and the premium benefits. The Refdash website now says that "We have temporarily suspended interviews to make changes to the products that we believe will make your job search experience significantly better."

Founded in 2016 in Mountain View with an undisclosed amount From the funding of Founder Friendly Labs, Refdash gave programmers direct and qualitative qualitative information in their coding interviews. The users would do a simulated interview, they would rate themselves and then share their performance anonymously with the potential employers to match the companies and positions appropriate for their skills. This prevented engineers from having to endure strenuous questions with thousands of different contractors. Refdash said that it placed users in startups such as Coinbase, Cruise, Lyft and Mixpanel.

A source tells us that Refdash focused on understanding people's deep professional experience and sending them to the perfect employer without having to judge by shallow curricula that may bias the process. It was also promoted by allowing tenants to search for candidates without knowing their biographical details, which could also reduce discrimination and help ensure privacy in the job search process (especially if people continue to work elsewhere and try to be discreet in your job search).

It is easy to imagine Facebook building its own coding challenge and the puzzles that programmers could face and then combining them with the right tenants through their product Jobs. Maybe Facebook could even build a service similar to Refdash, although the individual feedback sessions it would carry out might not be scalable enough for Menlo Park's taste. If Facebook can make it easier not only to apply for jobs, but also to interview them, it could attract LinkedIn talent and advertisers to a product that is already part of people's daily lives.

The co-founders of Refdash have a kind of track record in construction companies that are familiar with helping to add new functions to existing services. Nicola Otasevic and Andrew Kearney were respectively the founder and technological leader of Room 77, which was picked up by Google in 2014 to help rebuild their vertical travel search. At that time it was described as a license agreement, although the founders of Refdash these days call it an acquisition.

Building tools to improve the basic hiring process through remote testing could help Facebook gain an advantage in technical recruitment, but it's not the only one. A building of such characteristics. LinkedIn's Skype status (like LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft) last year released Interviews to allow recruiters to test developers and others who request technical jobs with a real-time code editor. LinkedIn has not incorporated it (yet?) To its platform.

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