Don't want to read this and directly see the website? You can visit the website here: https://examen.io
My first post here so pardon the jitters; I work at a small-ish startup in the plains of New Delhi, India and we were recently tasked with a problem which required a very thorough cost-benefit analysis.
We are only 5 engineers; the product we envision to create is going to be humongous: both in size and complexity. Many of you might suggest we make a MVP and go from there, but since this is a financial product, even the MVP requires a tonne of certifications and licenses. In order to make this journey smooth sailing for us, we decided to automate most of our hiring process: probably the first round or so wherein an online assessment can give us a good idea of the more general (or even specialized) skills a candidate has and whether or not they will be a good fit for the role. I tried out numerous such systems: HackerRank, Coderbyte, Codility, Qualifiedio, etc.
There were a few issues I saw with these services: they were either too expensive for an early-stage startup; or they didn't have features which we were looking out for in a product like this. For example, while one platform allowed us to have custom challenges, it costed $25/assessment; other costed us $299/month but has a very brittle process for adding new challenges.
I decided to create something on my own; it was a good side-project (or so I think). An online assessment platform create specifically for early-stage startups (but with the ability to scale with you) and with a starkly different method of assessment. In addition to the traditional web-based approach, the candidates can bring their own IDE and start out with just one cURL command. According to me, this gives a better assessment of the candidate's ability in the real world filled with CLIs, etc.
I decided to name the service Examen and created a landing page for it. My fellow Indies, I want your opinion on this service. The summary of such pontification is: would you be interested in such a service? Furthermore, is there anything I can change in the landing page to make it more friendly? (I know of the issues related to its responsiveness :-( )
You can visit the website here: examen (dot) io
Any and all feedback/feature requests/questions is welcome!
Postscript: I hope everyone is taking abundant caution amidst this pandemic; take care. :)