Microverse Launches Initiative for Companies to Trial Developers Before Hiring

Microverse, the online school for remote software developers where students around the world pay nothing until they land a life-changing job in tech, announced an initiative for companies to trial full-stack remote developers for 30 days risk-free before hiring them.

In the current economic climate, every hire can be critical to a company’s success or downturn. The demand for senior developers continues to rise, growing faster than those who qualify. In this context, some companies might be reticent in hiring junior developers because they are sometimes perceived as a technical and cultural risk. Microverse created this initiative to help cost-effectively reduce this risk

Companies interested in the initiative can express their interest through a webpage and share details of what kind of professional they are looking for, such as type of role, programming languages, and timezone. Based on this information, Microverse will connect them with a qualified alum — all full-stack devs are proficient in HTML & CSS, Ruby, Databases, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React & Redux, Algorithms, and Data Structures. Microverse will provide companies with a shortlist of candidates within three days.

Once the company selects the developer of its choice, they can get onboarded in as little as a day and start working for 30 days with Microverse paying their salary for the period. If the company decides to hire them, then they pay Microverse back and pay the developer a fair salary moving forward. If the company doesn’t wish to hire the developer at the end of the trial period, they don’t pay anything and can try working with another Microverse alum. There are no hiring fees or strings attached.

Kelvin Ong, Chief of Staff of Microverse, said: “Current hiring processes are often long and inefficient for both parties and don’t allow companies to gauge how well a hire operates within their context entirely. During uncertain times, while companies still need to build product and innovate, they might not want to risk a bad hire that can set them back. We recognise the critical role talent plays in company growth, and with this initiative, we hope to show organisations how much they have to gain when they go global and include remote workers in their hiring strategy. Our students are trained in an intensive remote, multicultural, and collaborative environment. With over 1,000 hours of coding experience, delivering more than 30 IT projects, English fluency, and remote work skills, they will deliver immediate value for any team.”

Microverse connects students across the globe, with a focus on developing countries, by bringing together skills and opportunities in the fast-growing technology sector. Microverse’s model is explicitly designed to support students to learn as part of distributed teams working remotely, with 83% of the job offers received by its students being for fully-remote roles. Its proposition relies on two pillars — a peer-to-peer learning model which mimics the digital remote environment students will face in their careers, enabling them to continue learning on the job; and the accessibility of the program. Microverse is the only school in the world to provide an Income Share Agreement (ISA) available in every country, slashing the barriers to access world-class education, with students paying nothing upfront. 

In the last year, Microverse saw the number of applicants to its program rise from 10,000 to more than 40,000 every month. So far, more than 1,500 students from over 140 countries have gone through the program. Deloitte, HSBC, and Microsoft are among more than 600 companies hiring Microverse’s alums.

Matteo Latini, Co-founder of Nebulab, said: “The Microverse engineers we hired were great because they were fast learners and adapted to our company very fast. They came prepared and were very smart, clever and curious. Another important trait they have is they know how to do remote-first work and were not afraid of cultural differences and the tech that comes with working in a remote environment.”