Dev Search

The Problem

After the candidates are vetted by the team LaunchCode, then connect them to employer partners for apprenticeships and full-time employment. There are hundreds of vetted candidates that the team must search through to find 20 to 30 individuals who fit the organization criteria. This process takes days, and it’s costly. I was charged with finding a solution that can be used by both the internal teams and employer partners to help facilitate the process and deliver possible candidates quick and easier.

User Research

What are they looking for in a candate?

In this problem, I conducted user interviews, surveys, and user watching. User watching is what I like to call it. LOL. I interviewed both LaunchCode’s (LC) team and many company partners to find out what the current process is and areas that seem to drag them down.

Watching the current process?

I love to watch how the current process takes place to see how the parties interact. What super cool about this problem is part of it takes place in person and the other part through emails. From finding Java developers with a college degree to lining them up for the employer to interview.

Photo from my sketchbook.

I love to draw out the current process. I’m visiual but it also helps me to under stand pain point and the steps. I like to show areas the are frustring to the user with happy or sad faces.

Designing

Drawing the process

This part is always different because you never know what the research will show you. Our process is manual and time-consuming. So I proposed removing the candidate team. Next, we should allow the company team to handle the search for the vetted candidates. After they are chosen the system should send out all the proper emails with a list and description of the candidates.

Mapping out the new process by hand.
Wirframes are crated to solve the hierarchical structural of information.

Lo-Fi Designs for User Testing

What are they looking for in a candate?

In this problem, I conducted user interviews, surveys, and user watching "observations". User watching is what I like to call it. LOL. I interviewed both LaunchCode’s (LC) team and many company partners to find out what the current process is and areas that seem to drag them down.

Watching the current process?

I love to watch how the current process takes place to see how the parties interact. What super cool about this problem is part of it takes place in person and the other part through emails. From finding Java developers with a college degree to lining them up for the employer to interview.

Design, Test, Repeat

Twenty three rounds later.

After a few design and testing rounds, I was able to narrow down the lo-fi wireframes into something truly usable. Using our brand visual language to create hi-fi mocks that work was next on the menu.

Hi-Fi to finals

The solution

The best solution for the team was something that looked like cards. With enough information to understand the candidate's background and personality. Without giving too much information to the employer. The cards kind of mock combing through your roller deck of index card. The best part of the experience is the ability to search and return several vetted candidates.