Get up to a 50% discount on HackerRank and Codility

Know how to negotiate price so you can free up budget to improve your employer brand and hire more software developers

Daniel Borowski
Tech x Talent
Published in
3 min readNov 11, 2019

I talk to dozens of HR and talent leaders every week about improving their employer brands and hiring more software developers. The most common challenge is that budgets are tight and the war for talent is expensive.

For talent acquisition teams spending $40,000+ per year on technical assessment platforms like HackerRank and Codility, it can feel as though that’s money coming directly out of the next candidate’s offer. Not only that, but up to 30% of your candidates drop off during the assessment process because they’ve had a terrible experience with the platform before.

How are you possibly supposed to compete with deep-pocketed rivals when you’re starting from so far behind?

So here’s the trick.

First, during your next renewal conversation with your account manager at HackerRank or Codility, tell them you’re exploring a more cost-effective solution like Coderbyte. Your account manager may come back to you quickly with a discount for the exact same plan for as much as 50% off.

Dozens of companies per month are switching from HackerRank and Codility to Coderbyte which offers similar features but for 90% less money. Account managers sometimes have significant leeway to keep your business. Even if you aren’t planning to make the switch, simply mentioning that you’re considering doing so can help your team save significant money to invest elsewhere.

Disclaimer: I am the founder and CEO of Coderbyte, a solution I created after interviewing and hiring software engineers at tech companies like Google, MongoDB, and Meetup.

Screenshot: Representative checkout notification on Coderbyte

Keep in mind that your account manager may try to convince you that Coderbyte or one of the other more cost-effective solutions you’re looking at doesn’t have the same feature set, and so you don’t really have an option to switch.

Make sure you can speak intelligently about your options and which plans specifically that you’re looking at. For example, let’s say you want:

  • unlimited admins and candidates
  • plagiarism detection
  • video recordings
  • ATS integrations
  • challenges for modern technologies like React, Vue.js, Angular, AWS, etc.

For all of the above, you’d probably be looking at the premium or elite plan on Coderbyte which ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 per year. The only noticeable difference for most companies is that while Coderbyte has custom challenges, they each go through an expert review process to ensure an optimal developer experience and significantly lower candidate drop-off.

If you need help, check out the article embedded above, look at the side by side comparisons with screenshots here, explore G2 and Capterra, or comment below.

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