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Co-founders Ashray Baruah (left), Kedar Iyer and Petar Vujosevic
  • What it's doing: Challenge-based evaluations of candidates

For job applicants who don't want to be judged by their resumes, GapJumpers provides an alternative.

Job seekers apply to open positions by answering a "challenge" question, on a deadline, posed by an employer. (The questions are skills and assessment driven.)

"Because it's a blind audition, they end up hiring more diverse candidates," said Petar Vujosevic, who is one of GapJumper's three co-founders.

GapJumpers first rates the quality of the response and checks for plagiarism, before passing along the response to an employer. Only then, if an employer wants to schedule an interview, is the identity of an applicant revealed.

Since January (when the company pivoted to focus on diversity), there are seven firms piloting the platform (five of which are Fortune 500 companies). Employers pay up to $50,000 for an annual subscription, but it's free for job seekers. There are currently over 7,000 design and tech applicants performing challenges and over 1,200 challenges have turned into interviews.

First published March 30, 2015: 4:10 PM ET

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