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Published 07/03/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

InterviewStreet is an app that offers contests for coders to compete in and an outlet for companies to post coding problems and possibly recruit talented coders onto their team. Through InterviewStreet there are challenges posted that programmers can compete in like math, string processing and dynamic programming. Users can then see how they stack up against the competition by visiting the InterviewStreet leader board. The board shows the top hackers, their country, their points total and how many problems that they have solved. InterviewStreet also looks for its own hackers and posts challenges of its own for users to try out to prove their skills. Finally, users can program in any of the following languages on this app: C, C++, C#, Python, Java, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Haskell, Clojure and Scala.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

InterviewStreet was developed based on the idea that companies should have a better way to hire and recruit talented programmers. The site was built by five self-described "hardcore hackers" who have companies such as Yahoo!, Amazon and IBM on their resumes. The team is based out of Mountainview, CA.

What are the differences to other apps?

Interviewstreet is a novel way for programmers to use their skills and for companies to recruit talented employees by hosting non-traditional challenges or tasks. Through the site, "hackers" can earn a job, cool tech gear or even cash prizes. Companies can also locate their next programming superstar. All in all, it's a solid value proposition for both parties.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Interviewstreet has a fresh and lively look to it, and for hacker should be very simple to use and navigate. This is because it is easy to circumvent even for a casual Internet surfer, such as this reviewer here. The app supports a wide variety of programming languages so programmers from all kinds of backgrounds can successfully use Interviewstreet and participate in all kinds of challenges.

How does the registration process work?

New accounts can start using Interviewstreet simply by providing their email address and setting up a password. Email addresses are confirmed afterwards and additional information is requested based on whether the user is a company or a programmer.

What does it cost to use the application?

Interviewstreet is free for programmers. For companies, there is a fee schedule setup based on the challenge and the number of candidate responses that they can receive and the number of programming languages that they can support. Plans start at $99/ month for businesses and can go up to an unlisted price for enterprises that need the works or something off-sheet.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Interviewstreet is a great resource for those who are talented at programming, who are looking for a programming job or who have some free time to participate in the programming challenges. The app is also a relatively inexpensive and non-traditional way for companies to locate and recruit programmers for their organization, or to simply solve a single programming conundrum.

  • Participate in coding contests
  • Crack coding problems for companies and possibly get a job
  • Helps companies identify skilled and talented programmers

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