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Why does a big company only look at your diploma and a startup only look at your github ?

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  • 12
    Cause big companies are old and slow and that's how it used to be done
  • 13
    If you get a few applications per month you can afford to look closely at each individual application, if you get hundreds or even thousands each month you have to filter them first and things like degrees and experience are easy to filter on.
  • 8
    FWIW I work for a large company, not a startup, and GitHub is far more important for my screening than education.
  • 6
    i work for a large company without a diploma / degree.

    not all companies are that slow and behind the times.
  • 1
    Because start ups aren't at a corporate stage yet.
  • 1
    Here in Brazil many IT companies work for government agencies/companies and they always ask for graduated or certified employees in the contracts...
  • 4
    Honestly though what if you don't use github but some other git platform?
  • 2
    Because a diploma proofs that you are smart enough to complete 4 years of hard exams and so.

    Where your little side projects proof that you can follow some tutorials and maybe adapt them a little.
  • 3
    @Double-A
    I'd argue with that.
    Diploma proves that you can cram stuff that you'll forget 1 month later
    Side projects prove that you are genuinely interested in the field and capable of developing yourself
  • 0
    I think there are some varying responses from the broad spectrum of possible views here.

    Yes, some people think that degrees are everything (they aren't). A degree might prove that you're capable of working hard for a few years in acquiring knowledge and passing exams, although it might also just prove that you're mostly good at short-term memory "stuffing".

    Also yes, public projects could prove that you have passion for the field and/or some experience and/or are capable and willing to learn and try out stuff on your own. Then again, there's a lot of crappy half-baked tutorial following goin'round on GitHub.

    We (@smallish scale-up) try to stay in the middle of this spectrum. Yes, having a good degree speaks in your favour, but having a side project where you can show valuable contribution says something great about you as well.
    We'll almost always ask a candidate to do some kind of test or do a code review with us. Can you code and talk about it? That's what we're looking for...
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