Training Camp + Draft Day

The Road to Draft Day – Educator Handbook

WTIA Pilot Recruiting Program: Now Accepting Nominations

{ About }

Tech Recruiting is at a crossroads. Startups and mid-size companies face stiff competition from tech giants, while companies of all sizes face budgetary, logistical and need constraints, forcing them into to a shallow talent pool.

How do companies invest in recruiting? Many admit to the unsustainable practice of sourcing from a limited pipeline of ‘trusted’ schools such as Stanford and MIT.

How do underrepresented schools and programs get noticed? Despite the increasing demand for tech jobs, a deep pool of talented students, veterans and candidates with non-traditional backgrounds go unnoticed due to limited recruiting resources.

To bridge this gap, WTIA is playing matchmaker with the launch of a unique Recruitment: Draft Day and Interview Prep Program: Training Day.

You’re invited to help us #LevelThePlayingField for your students. Nominations are now open!

{Draft Day Program Benefits}


  • Increase visibility of candidates from underrepresented schools and programs
  • Bridge gap between required skills/experience and curriculum
  • Increase student post-grad hire percentage
  • Increase Tech Program visibility


  • Increase access to tech employers
  • Gain insights into diverse tech sectors, cultures and opportunities
  • Discover alternative training and educational resources


  • Expand Recruiting Pipeline beyond traditional educational institutions, i.e., MIT and Stanford
  • Increase awareness of diverse talent pool
  • Create pipeline to communicate needs to educators


  • Job types: QAE, SDET, TPM, PM, Information Security Analyst
  • Candidates must be nominated by a tech educator
  • Eligible tech educators: University, Community College or tech program instructors (ie, Code Fellows, Dev BootCamp, Coding Dojo, etc)

EDUCATORS + Nomination Instructions

1) Each instructor may submit up to 10 nominees

2) Nominees may be current or past students

3) For each candidate, submit the online Draft Day Nomination Form

4) Provide each nominee with the Candidate Instructions and Candidate Application Essay link:

NOMINEES + Application Requirements

1) Draft Day Candidate Application form: provided by the nominating tech educator

2) Resume (resumes must be submitted as a word doc. PDF’s will not be accepted)

Candidate Selection | Scouting Report

{The Draft Day Advisory Committee is comprised of tech company hiring managers,

recruiters and startup founders}

The Draft Day Project Manager will edit each submitted resume, nomination form and candidate essay to remove the name of the candidate and college/university/program to create a blind review process

Each candidate will be evaluated by the required submitted materials:

  • Nominator Evaluation Form
  • Candidate Essay
  • Resume

Top Candidates and their instructors will be notified of their selection to move on to Round 2 – Training Camp!

Training Camp

{Draft Day Prep Program}

Training Day participants will have access to a variety of tools and information to prepare them for interviews and help move them on to Draft Day.

  • Presentation coaching
  • Mock interviews
  • Tech-centric resume building
  • Panel Discussions
  • Complimentary headshots

Candidates will be evaluated on overall presentation and interview skills.

Training Camp evaluations will be combined with the Scouting Report to determine the finalists selected to advance to Draft Day.

Top Candidates and their instructors will be notified of their selection to move on to Draft Day


{Congratulations, You’ve Made It to Draft Day! According to  the Scouting Report – You’re an All Star. Your Performance in Training Camp will guarantees you a starting position}

Draft Day Candidates will use their Training Camp skills to interview with top hiring Tech Companies in a blind speed-dating format.


At the start of each interview, the interviewer will be presented with the candidates redacted resume (name and educational program removed).

Each round ends with both the candidate and the interviewer submitting a scorecard evaluating one another.

After scoring each candidate, the interviewer will immediately assign the candidate one of the status updates below:

  • Scouting Report – Interviewer would like additional information and will receive the Nomination and Candidate Essay submissions to consider
  • Signing Bonus: Candidate receives invitation to Full-Cycle Interview
  • Red Shirt:  Candidate is not a fit for a current open position, however, may be a good fit for future openings
  • Free Agent: Candidate is not a fit at this time

Candidates will score each interviewer on style, content and company fit.

Candidate and Interviewer scorecards will be updated at the end of each round.


After the final Draft Day round, all participants will retreat to the Draft Day Lounge for a networking reception while the Draft Reports are finalized.

Draft Reports will be be distributed + Names and Matches revealed!

For updates and additional information, contact Draft Day – Project Manager: Heather Craig

The Road to Draft Day – Educator Handbook


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