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A review of HackerEarth as a software engineer interview prep tool

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering advisor at Pathrise. I work with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job.

What does HackerEarth do?

The HackerEarth platform has 2 main goals: assessment and community. On the recruitment side, they work with companies that are hiring software engineering roles to provide an assessment tool, similar to HackerRank. They have thousands of questions in a variety of languages that recruiters can use for these challenges.

They are also well known for their hackathons, either internal or external. Internally, companies work with HackerEarth to create hackathons for their teams to collaborate, challenge each other, and think outside the box. Externally, companies can create hackathons to find candidates for their pipeline or to find strong software engineers to contribute to their technologies, which is what Amazon did when they ran an Alexa-software hackathon through HackerEarth. Most of these company-sponsored challenges have prizes for the winners.

There are 3.5 million developers worldwide in their community, who can connect through HackerEarth or company-created hackathons.

Who is HackerEarth for?

HackerEarth has two main audiences. The first is companies who are looking to hire developers. They use the platform to test their candidates on technical questions. The second is software engineers who are looking to advance their skills by participating in technical challenges. There are a lot of options for hackathons depending on their goals: practice for fun, make some money, or get hired.

What does HackerEarth cost? How much work is involved?

For users, HackerEarth is free. They make their money from the companies that use their platform to assess candidates. Users do need to sign up for a profile in order to access the questions, but there is no application process.

Ratings and reviews

HackerEarth is based in India, with offices in the US, and a lot of the reviews talk about company-sponsored hiring hackathons that are done by Indian-based branches or Indian companies, though they are offered around the world. Some people have successfully moved forward from the short list to an interview and even an offer, but others had not heard back from the company, despite being short-listed.

A reviewer who is not from India mentioned that she felt the questions were difficult to understand because they were written by a non-native English speaker. Some of the questions are timed, which frustrates users who feel like they would be able to solve it without the time limit. But, when compared on question content with HackerRank, users feel HackerEarth has more advanced questions and would be better for someone who wants to practice these tougher challenges.

Alternatives to HackerEarth

HackerRank is probably the most well known alternative to HackerEarth, as it also compiles many software engineering questions and acts as a technical assessment platform for recruiters. The main difference is that HackerEarth does coding challenges and hackathons, while HackerRank is mainly just practice questions. Leetcode has many software engineering questions that are more geared towards real work and are often better practice for technical interviews.

For software engineers interested in coding challenges that lead into interviews, Codesignal has challenges online for users to participate in and for companies to use for recruiting. There is also CodinGame, a free gamified platform that software engineers can use to keep their skills sharp while having fun, which is similar to Codewars, a community-built gamified platform.

How does HackerEarth compare to Pathrise?

HackerEarth is a good tool for experienced software engineers to practice coding in a competitive environment and potentially join hiring pipelines. They can also make money if they win the company-sponsored hackathons.

At Pathrise, we are focused on helping our fellows with the entire job search. Part of that is mastering the technical interview and so we recommend that software engineers in the program practice all types of questions that they might see in interviews as much as possible so they can feel comfortable and confident. Job-seekers can benefit from participating in HackerEarth challenges alongside working with Pathrise. 


Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, job-seekers in our program have seen their interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our industry mentors 1-on-1 to get help with your software engineer interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise. 

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