Frequently Asked Questions | Geektastic

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about Geektastic

So what is Geektastic? I hear it’s more than a technical assessment platform

Let’s face it - the current process for hiring software engineers has (lots of) room for improvement.

At its core Geektastic is a platform that manages code challenges. We believe a candidate is worth more than a score and humans perform much better reviews than machines.

There is more to coding than solving an algorithm.

We help employers and recruiters assess the technical skills of software engineering candidates through deeply insightful, code challenges.

We have built our own unique bite-size Express Code Challenges for our developer community to enjoy before they commit to taking our 2 hour Peer Review Take Home challenges.

We also help match developers from our community with employer’s roles. Because our community take code challenges to complement their profile they can show off their skills to potential employers.

The very best engineers in our community (those that ace our code challenge with 4-5 stars across the board) join our well paid UberGeek Review Team and earn a secondary income reviewing code challenges in their spare time (£25 per 30 minute review).

Our UberGeek review team also approve express code challenges which have been created by the community just to make sure they are 100% - we pay £10 for each express code challenge reviewed and published.

What programming languages does Geektastic cover?

We support a wide range of programming languages including JavaScript (incorporating frameworks such as node.js, React and Angular), Java, PHP, Python, C#, Java, Android, Swift, Objective C, Scala, MySQL, C++ and Ruby. We are constantly adding new ones, so if you have a language we are not covering please contact us at [email protected]

Can you help us grow a more diverse team?

All our reviews are completely anonymous. The reviewer has no idea who they are reviewing - this means they can be completely impartial.

Removing unconscious bias is crucial in recruitment flows. If the same team carry out the review that carried out the initial phone screen or first round of interviews they will have started to build up opinions, both conscious and unconscious - there is a risk that these will flow through to the review they perform on the code challenge submission.

Using Geektastic’s platform removes the risk of these biases affecting the review.

Do my candidates remain my candidates?

100%. You have spent a lot of time sourcing and wooing your candidates. When you invite them to take a code challenge on our platform they remain ringfenced to you.

They simply come to the platform to take a code challenge and receive their review.

How secure is my data on Geektastic?

All profiles are anonymous, as a developer you join and create a profile. You can connect your third party social profiles like LinkedIn, StackOverflow and Github. These, together with your name only become visible when you accept an approach from a potential employer or you make an approach yourself.

We operate a fully secure platform using SSL encryption and we never store your passwords in plain text.

Do you integrate with third party ATS platforms?

Yes, we are integrated with both Greenhouse and Workable.

You’ll need any account with both Geektastic and Greenhouse/Workable to operate our code challenges on their platform.

You can either license one of our challenges or upload your own.

Once you are ready to start sending out invites you just request and API key and send it over to your ATS provider (with Greenhouse you send it to your account manager, with Workable they provide a self service interface on their website)

After they are connected you can then invite your candidates and view the results directly from your ATS.

I am a developer, tell me more…

So why should I join?

Good question! We welcome developers from all over the world to join our fast growing community. As you might have gathered we are trying to change the way software engineers are hired.

There are a number of reasons you should join

  1. You can earn a secondary income doing code reviews in your spare time (as long as you ace our qualifying code challenge - be warned though, our bar is set pretty high). We pay £25 per 30 minute review peer review and £10 per express code challenge review. To join the team you’ll need to complete a number of Express Challenges (these are 4 minute multiple choice code challenges), this ranges between 5 and 20 Express challenges depending on the language. If you can get in the top 5% you will be issued with a peer review code challenge - we use these to assess your all round programming skills, if you ace the peer review you are in the paid review team. 

  2. Once you have taken a minimum number of Express Code Challenges (this varies by programming language) and are ranked in the top 30% of the community you can be fast tracked for some amazing software engineering roles, whether you are looking for an office based role or you want to work as part of a remote/distributed team.

  3. You can benchmark your skills against a global developer community. We show you where you compare to other developers in our global community.

  4. You can create and share Express Code Challenges with our community. Once you have taken a couple you an start to create your own. We have created some guidelines you can read here.

What type of roles do you have posted on the platform?

They change all the time (obviously) - but they are all software engineering jobs. They are all broken down by programming language (eg Java, Python, PHP, C#, JavaScript, Scala), tech skills, years of experience, how much salary you will be paid (before the taxman gets his hands on it), and whether they are based at a particular location or are remote.

How do I take peer review code challenge to try out for the review team?

First you have to complete some Express Code Challenges. These are the multiple choice challenges created by our expert team of reviewers and members of the community who have a high enough rating to become an author. Score well in the Express Challenges to unlock your qualifying Peer Review challenge. 

Can I share my review with companies who aren’t yet on the Geektastic platform?

Of course. You’ll be investing 2 hours of your precious time completing one of our qualifying code challenges. 

You can then share that review along side your CV (we provide you a link to the review in an email within 24hours of you submitting your solution), you can post it on your LinkedIn profile, Personal Website or create a QR code and tattoo it to your arm if you like.

We hope that prospective employers will use that instead of asking you to take another tech screen.

Earn a secondary income doing code reviews you say…

How do I become an reviewer in your elite Uber Geek team?

We have a number of steps to becoming one of the review team. For obvious reasons we have to be very thorough (clients expect our team to the same quality as their in-house team).

  1. First you need to register and validate your email (1 minute)
  2. Create a profile - we are mainly interested in your core programming languages so we can allocate you the appropriate qualifying challenge (2-5 minutes)
  3. Complete some Express Code Challenges to show us your skills.  These are 4 minutes each. You will need to complete up to 20 challenges (this is how we obtain a true ELO score). **If you get in the top 5% you will open up a peer review qualifying challenge.**
  4. Take one of our peer review qualifying code challenges (2 hours)
  5. Our review team will then thoroughly evaluate your solution and provide you a detailed review (we aim to have this back in 24-48 hours)
  6. If you get voted to join the team (you’ll need to be be getting 4-5 stars across the board to be voted in) we then ask you to carry out two dummy reviews as we need to make sure your reviewing skills are as awesome as your coding skills - we do give you some guidance to help you understand what we look for in a reviewer (this takes approx 1hour)
  7. Assuming your reviews are up the scratch you are upgraded to Ubergeek Review team status, we’ll add you to Slack and you’ll start to receive messages from the system inviting you to carry out reviews. We pay you £25 for each peer review you perform and £10 for each express challenge you approve. We accrue all reviews and pay you the amount due at month end - either by bank transfer if you are in the UK or by Transferwise, Revolut or Payoneer.
  8. Once you are in the team we’ll add you to our Slack group, this notifies each team (JS_Ubergeeks for example) when a new solution has been submitted or Express Challenge has been created which needs reviewing.
  9. You can pick up as many or as few as you like, we don’t have a minimum you need to complete in a week or month, we also don’t guarantee how many you’ll be able to review as we are beholden to our clients’ candidates submitting. Some of our Ubers did write an answer someone posed on Quora on this point. All we ask is you complete a review within a few hours of starting it so we can get the results back to the candidate who will be waiting.

Sound exciting? Register to become an Uber Geek today Register now

Why should I join Geektastic to carry out code reviews?

Geektastic is a great way to earn a secondary income. You choose when you work and for how long. We pay you a flat rate for reviewing candidate’s submissions straight into your bank account at the end of the month. You also get to collaborate with other Uber Geeks. We call it earning and learning.

Can I work from home?

Of course, that’s the great thing about Geektastic, you can work from wherever you like.

Can I join the UberGeek Review Team from outside the UK?

We have Uber Geeks from all over the world, from Argentina to Australia, LA to Beijing.

I specialise in a programming language not covered by Geektastic?

We are always looking to add new programming languages. Please email [email protected] with your details, and your chosen language and we’ll be in touch.

Do you have a cap on how many challenges I can review?

You are limited by the number of challenges the platform creates for you to review. There are client generated solutions (i.e. where they have invited a candidate to take a Geektastic challenge) or where a developer has joined our platform. As all challenges are anonymous you will not be aware of which type you are reviewing. The volume of challenges is driven by the number of clients inviting candidates, the number of developers joining the platform and how many other UberGeeks there are doing the reviews. Please note this is not a full time role as demand fluctuates.

I am an employer (or forward thinking recruiter)….

Does Geektastic use machine based automated candidate testing?

Nope. We use real human reviewers to perform our reviews. Please have a read of this blog post for more on our thoughts about how to perform code challenges

How long does it take to review a candidate’s code challenge submission?

Most come back the same day. We aim to complete all reviews in 24 working hours but when throughput volume is high we can take up to 48 hours to respond.

Can I try before I buy?

Yes, we offer a free trial to test out our assessments before you buy. You can have two free assessments on the house.

Would you like to test out a Geektastic code challenge on a candidate for free? Register now

How do candidates take the challenges?

Once you have a candidate that you would like to assess you license or create a code challenge and then invite them to take a challenge by entering their email into Geektastic.

The system automatically triggers an email to the candidate asking them to take part in the challenge.

Each challenge usually requires certain tools to be set up on the user’s machine in advance of the challenge (the challenge instructions warn them about this prior to the clock starting to tick away).

The candidate also needs to find a time window (usually two hours) where they can log into the platform and carry out the challenge. Once they have completed the challenge they upload their solution as a zip file.

Can I use my own challenges rather than the Geektastic challenges?

Yes, you can upload your own challenges using our code challenge builder tool. These challenges remain private and will only be used by you on your candidates.

Let’s cut to the chase - how much does this amazing service cost? 

All our pricing can be found here Geektastic Pricing

I have been invited to take one of your cool code challenges, tell me more…

I am applying for a job and have been asked to take a Geektastic code challenge

You will receive an email from the system which contains instructions detailing what you need set up on your machine (this varies depending on your technology stack) and how long the challenge will take to complete. Once you are ready you follow the link in the invite to our site.

Once at Geektastic you can choose to start the challenge when it suits you.

All challenges are carried under time limited conditions (some are 2hours, others are a week). Once you are ready to go you hit the ‘start challenge’ and the challenge is revealed.

Once completed you upload your challenge solution in a .zip file.

Are your challenges time constrained?

Yes, all challenges have a fixed time - otherwise they could run forever and that’s not good for anyone. They tend to fall into two categories, short time constrained challenges (usually 2-3hrs) or what we call ‘open ended’ (but what we mean is you have a week to 10 days to complete the challenge).

Before you start your challenge it will let you know how long you have to complete your challenge. Please give yourself enough time at the end of the period (ie when the clock starts going red on the page) to zip up your solution and upload it to the platform so it can be reviewed.

Do I have to use a browser based IDE?

Nope, you can use your own IDE.

We know how annoying it can be to be asked to take a code challenge, let alone have to code the solution is some unfamiliar, browser based IDE which is also recording your every move. That’s a bit like asking someone to take their exam on one of those crazy kneely chairs and use chalk to write your answers on a blackboard

Taking Geektastic Code Challenge in kneely chair

When do I find out the results of the assessment?

We perform a line by line review, star ratings for categories like code quality, solution design and problem solving skills and provide high level summary points, then you receive an email from the system to take you to the review and also allows you to feedback your thoughts on the analysis.

What happens if I don’t complete the challenge in time?

We advise all candidates to submit whatever they have at the end of the period, regardless of whether they have finished or not. 

If you don’t submit in time it’s not all over. We do provide clients the tools to open up the challenge to allow you more time to complete it - so if you suffer the old ‘dog ate my homework’ scenario then please contact the person that invited you and they will be able to decide whether to open the challenge up again.

Do you allow multiple submissions?

You can upload multiple submissions during the challenge window. However we always assess the last submission so please ensure the last submission is your ‘final answer’.

What do I do if I have problems whilst working on my code challenge?

Please contact your the person that issued the code challenge if you have any issues with your challenge.

Just some of our amazing clients

We engaged with Geektastic to evaluate candidates for some high profile roles we were hiring for because we wanted the human touch you just can't get from automated technical assessments.James AdamsPeople Finder at Just Giving

James Adams, People Finder at Just Giving is using Geektastic Code Challenges to evaluate software engineering candidates
Oscar Berg, Head of Development at Quickspin is using Geektastic Code Challenges to evaluate software engineering candidates

Using Geektastic’s code challenges has helped me save tons of time assessing candidates.Oscar BergHead of Development at Quickspin

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