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Flipkart Hires Graduates From Udacity With Android Dev Nanodegrees, Without An Interview

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India’s biggest E-commerce platform Flipkart, believes that job interviews aren’t as important as people make them seem — which is so damn true. The company thus, on Thursday announced that it has hired three graduates from Udacity’s Android Developer Nanodegree program without interviewing any of them. Udacity too, is obviously very enthusiastic about this development.

Flipkart added that it will be partnering up with Udacity for more “interviewless hiring” in the future. It believes that this will help streamline its recruitment process and get a head start on the competition. If you didn’t know already, Udacity is an online education platform that offers an amazing set of learning courses.

Apparently, the three graduates hired by Flipkart have already started working with the mobile development team after moving from New Delhi to Bangalore.

The new partnership between the two giants aims “to radically change the hiring process in the software industry.” This means there will be a lot more interviewless recruitment by the online marketplace in the future. The only things the company takes into consideration are the candidates’ Nanodegree projects and their Udacity profiles. There will be no in-person interviews or group exercises.

Peeyush Ranjan, Chief Technology Officer, Flipkart, said,

The kind of disruptive work that we do at Flipkart demands a world-class talent pool and we are constantly on the look-out for experts who can solve the problems of Indian consumers. The conventional hiring process often comes down to the performance of the candidate on that specific day, which may not be a true reflection of their skills and temperament. This is where a partner like Udacity comes into the picture. The shortlisted profiles provided by them and the in-depth data we received were very helpful and allowed us to assess the candidate’s competencies in a much better way.

According to analysts, India has 50,000 to 70,000 developers currently. By 2020, the expected number of developers should reach a minimum of 20 million. Hiring these graduates will be a lot easier if companies skip in-person interviews. The hiring will be swifter and much more efficient.

Sebastian Thrun, co-founder and CEO of Udacity said,

Flipkart is one of the most innovative companies in the way they approach the market. Our goal is to have our Nanodegree graduates be in demand for the jobs of today like mobile, data analyst, web development and machine learning among others.  We are thrilled to work with Flipkart on this program and look forward to deepening our collaboration.


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