A review of Hired as a tech job search tool

What does Hired do?

Hired is the largest AI-driven career marketplace, matching ambitious tech & sales talent with the world’s most innovative companies. They combine intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love. And the best part? It’s free for job seekers. Hired streamlines the job application process. Candidates start by creating a profile and adding all of their information, including skills, past projects, experience, passions, and more. If the profile is approved, Hired’s algorithm works to identify roles you may be most interested in.

Hired uses machine learning algorithms to match your skills and interests to companies that are currently hiring. Candidates receive interview requests from companies and decide whether or not they’d like to go through the process. During this process, candidates are matched up with a Hired Candidate Experience Team Member who can help them navigate their time on Hired.

Once candidates begin interviewing with companies, their Hired Candidate Experience Team Member acts as the recruiter, managing their job interview processes from beginning to end. The team will ensure that candidates and companies are on the same page with their expectations and preferences. Ultimately, the team communicates on behalf of the candidate to ensure they are supported and their job search preferences are met. Candidates are still required to go through all of the steps of the company’s funnel.

Who is Hired for?

Hired is for people looking for positions in any of the following tech or sales roles: software engineering, UX/UI design, data, DevOps, QA, sales, and product management. Within these roles, they have more specific categories and candidates with more experience tend to see more activity from employers on Hired.

What does Hired cost? How much work is involved?

For job seekers, Hired is free! Companies pay Hired for access to their already vetted candidates. Creating a Hired profile requires some work, as any aspect of the job search typically does. Candidates should take their time and fill it out completely with the understanding there is a potential that they will not see activity from employers. If your profile is approved by Hired, you are still required to go through all of the steps of each company’s process should they request an interview from a candidate.

Ratings and reviews

Hired has received mostly positive reviews. They boast many success stories on their website– people enjoyed working with their Candidate Experience Team Member more than traditional recruiters. The Hired team and the candidate have the same goal–getting the candidate a job. This made the process feel less adversarial for users.

Those who were not accepted into Hired’s marketplace complained that they did not receive any feedback as to why they were not a fit. It’s less helpful if you don’t know how you can enhance your profile. People who have been accepted also complained that they were receiving too many interviews at once and couldn’t keep up. They felt overwhelmed and like they were actually looking less professional to these companies since they were keeping them waiting for responses or needing to book interviews really far out. Another complaint was that the salaries that accompanied the job postings on Hired were higher than the actual offered salary from the company. 

We reached out to Hired regarding these issues and were pleased to hear the Candidate Experience team has improved the outreach process for candidates that do not get approved along with scheduling features to support candidates receiving many interview requests at once. Additionally Hired has updated their Salary Calculator making employer and candidate salary details more accurate. It is important to note that although Hired requires salary details upfront, these are not binding. Hired is committed to continually improving based on feedback from their users.

Alternatives to Hired

Job seekers who are not accepted on the Hired platform or are looking for a different platform can check out these alternatives:

  • Another hiring platform that applies to jobs for you is Triplebyte. Like Hired, companies work directly with Triplebyte and “apply to you”, seeking out candidates. However, Triplebyte requires lengthy technical interviews before getting started. Learn more about Triplebyte in our review.
  • Whitetruffle also matches job seekers with tech companies to help people land their dream job. Users create a profile and get paired with tech companies for job interviews, saving job seekers time searching job boards or sending cold emails.
  • The startup Underdog.io connects job-seekers with hiring startups. Currently, their services are only available in San Francisco and New York City.
  • Job -seekers who would like to work with a career agent can check out Free Agency. Although the program is completely remote and largely self-paced, they offer 24/7 support. Their talent has been placed at top tech companies like Facebook and Amazon.
  • Aspiring startup workers can check out the career accelerator Praxis. The full 1-year program is designed for young people looking to land an entry-level job at a startup in marketing, ops, sales, or customer success.
  • The online interview resources Pramp and Gainlo both pair aspiring software engineers with peers or engineers for mock interviews.

Similarly, aspiring software engineers seeking mock interview opportunities can check out Interviewing.io. The platform pairs users with FAANG engineers for mock interviews and extensive feedback. Find out if Interviewing.io is right for your career goals in our review.

How does Hired compare to Pathrise?

Hired is a marketplace for tech and sales job seekers. They match job seekers with companies who use their service. Hired helps users optimize their Hired profile, and focuses on matching job seekers with companies and jobs.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. Pathrise is a much bigger time commitment than Hired since our mentors work with candidates through all stages of the job search including resume writing, profile optimization, interview prep, and salary negotiation.

Pathrise mentors help connect fellows with companies all over the world, not just companies in a specific marketplace. Pathrise helps fellows optimize their job search. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double. If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your software engineer interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow.  

Apply today.

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Brian Wong

Brian Wong is an experienced senior software engineer and has worked at top bay area startups and organizations. In his free time, Brian works with Pathrise SWE fellows to help them land their dream job and learn insider tips on how to ace technical interviews.

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