Akamai efficiently filters candidates for Akamai Technical Academy

Akamai efficiently filters candidates for Akamai Technical Academy
  • English & Analytical Assessment Created

    English & Analytical Assessment Created

  • Candidates Assessed

    Candidates Assessed

  • Candidates Selected for Next Phase

    Candidates Selected for Next Phase


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The Company

Akamai Technologies is a global leader in content delivery network (CDN) and cloud service provider. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, it has a worldwide presence with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Akamai’s content delivery network is one of the world’s largest distributed computing platforms, serving 15% to 30% of all web traffic. Akamai specializes in Edge Security, Web and Mobile Performance, Enterprise Access, and Video Delivery Solutions. The Akamai Intelligent Edge platform has empowered its customers to accelerate and secure their multi-cloud world – and their own digital future.

About Akamai Technical Academy

Akamai Technical Academy (ATA), is an enterprising training program designed for people with an interest in and aptitude for technology but do not have a formal technical education. Akamai seeks to create a strategic talent advantage by pursuing candidates who represent diverse backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. As of 2018, there were 5 classes conducted by ATA – 3 in Cambridge, USA & 2 in Krakow, Poland. The participants are offered positions in Akamai and with their partners for contractual positions and based on their performance during their contract, are offered a permanent position. The contractual position is for a period of 6 months.

“The response for our ATA classes was humongous, and it was impossible to manually filter around 540 applications in 1 or 2 days. By using Interview Mocha’s assessments, I could assess the candidates quickly and place them in the next phase of the selection process. It is amazing that I could accomplish it in mere 2 days which would otherwise have taken an enormous amount of time.”
Belle Young, Diversity & Inclusion Analyst, Akamai
Belle Young, Diversity & Inclusion Analyst, Akamai

Eligibility Criteria

Akamai has specified the below pre-requisites for the training program:

  • A four-year university degree or higher or equivalent military experience
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher (if applicable)
  • Written and verbal English fluency
  • Interest in a career in technology
  • Ability to attend the program full-time in the specified location

The Challenge

Akamai is a renowned brand and its Training Academy drew an overwhelming response for all the 5 classes held so far. The major challenge that Akamai faced was managing the huge volume of applications and filtering them in a single day. For one of the classes, ATA almost got 500+ applications in single day. Candidates were selected for the classes provided they met the preset eligibility criteria.

Filtering 500+ applications for written and verbal English was difficult as each of the candidates needed to be assessed individually. Moreover, Akamai attracted applications from various geographical locations and time zones which made it even more challenging to evaluate them.

Akamai was keen on providing opportunities for women and people of diverse background but also wanted to refrain from letting any bias seep into the selection process. A lot of time was spent on manually reviewing and filtering the applications.

The Solution

Akamai used Mocha’s automated assessments to filter the applications for English and Analytical acumen. It was easier to send the assessment link to the candidates – who could then attempt it from anywhere. This helped Akamai reach out to candidates from variegated geographical locations and the reports helped to filter the candidates without any biases. Akamai could identify quality candidates who were moved ahead in the selection funnel.

The Result with Interview Mocha

Instead of spending hours manually evaluating an application, Akamai could now identify the top performers within minutes. Akamai’s team could finish the first level of selection within 2 days of receiving the applications which usually took up a lot of their manual time.

Remote assessments allowed Akamai to find quality talent from diverse backgrounds and locations in USA and Poland. A major impact was the in-depth comparative reports that provided precise quantification of skills and empowered Akamai to create a strategic talent pipeline.