Everything you need to know about VanHack’s Code Challenges

VanHackers everywhere use our platform to showcase their skills and maximize their chances of finding a great international job. Despite that, the Code Challenges are still one overlooked tool candidates may use in their pursuit. Are you signed up for our services but did not take any Code Challenges? This post is for you. We talked to Leandro Passos, our talent success specialist and a programmer himself, about everything you should know about the challenges and how to use them in your favor. 

 First of all, think of them as an opportunity, not a chore. Yes, they take a lot of work, but they serve an important purpose. “The Code Challenges give the candidates a chance to show their talents, isn’t it what you want to do when looking for a job?. Plus, they are free”, Leandro says.

 Here is a quick overview: We have 19 challenges in different programming languages. New ones are coming soon. You can choose the ones that best fit your skills. The whole set of options are renewed every three months so you can always wait a bit to try again if you want to improve your results. Our platform is available for candidates with 4+ years of work experience, so the code challenges were carefully developed to suit this kind of expertise. 


Taking the Code Challenges to improve your chances

We want to encourage you to take full advantage of all our services. Taking the Code Challenge is a great way to let potential employers know about your skills. Some of our partner companies will only analyze candidates that have taken at least one challenge. If you do not complete the code verification, you will most certainly fall behind. 

What’s keeping you from trying? Maybe you are unsure about what to do if the results are not as good as you would like them to be. If that is the case, Leandro wants to make sure you try them anyway. Take it from him, a “lower” score is not going to hurt your chances as much as no score will. “Not performing well on a code challenge is still better than not trying at all. Taking the challenge shows companies you are more interested and engaged in the process than a candidate that did not take it”.

You will have more chances of getting a match with great companies if your profile is cohesive, try to focus on your strengths. If you have listed, say, Python programming as a primary skill, be sure to take challenges that best showcase your Python abilities. 


Prepare yourself before you start

Two tips before you start a challenge: Practice first and set aside time. 

Our code verification tasks can take between 2 and 6 hours to complete. You want to focus and have the best conditions ready before you start. Don’t try to squeeze the challenge into your workday or rush through it on the weekend. Set time in your schedule, prepare the room so you’re comfortable, make sure you won’t be interrupted. Have a bottle of water near. 

If you don’t want to jump right in, Leandro suggests you practice a bit on sites such as CodeWars or HackerRank. 


Here’s why you don’t need to be afraid of taking the challenge

 Still got cold feet? No problem. Did you know you can take a peek at the code challenge environment before actually starting it? On our platform, select the programming language you want to verify, then, click on “start new challenge” and you will be able to see how the system works. The challenge clock will only begin running when you select the “start the assessment” option. 

We have prepared a detailed FAQ page about the Code Challenges on the platform. Leandro suggests you read everything before you start, so you won’t have to worry about using the time in the middle of the test to check on some issues you may encounter.

Speaking of time, you have plenty. After selecting “start the assessment” you will have 24 hours to complete the challenge. Surely you don’t want to dilly-dally, but you’ll have enough time to do your best on the test and take some breaks between tasks. 


Taking the test

You clicked the green button, here’s what to expect: 

The first thing you will see is a description of the tasks you need to complete and what the desired results are.

Throughout the challenge, you will be notified of your progress and at every finished part you will get feedback on how the code is coming along, and if there is something wrong.

If you are prepared and enthusiastic about displaying your programming abilities you are going to do great. We understand the challenges can be hard or time-consuming but they are the best tool in your profile to let potential employers know your talents. We are rooting for you. Take the Code Challenge and wow your way to your dream job abroad!


Code Challenges quick overview:

  • 19 different challenges
  • More challenges coming soon
  • Option in many different programming languages
  • Challenges take between 2 and 6 hours to complete
  • You have 24 hours to complete a challenge
  • You can have a look at the environment before taking it

Ready to start your Code Verification? You can do it here.

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