Target using online games helping Data Engineers get noticed and HIRED

In an effort to recruit Data Engineers, Target has rolled out an interesting concept to drawn in talent while they sift through the traditional application process.

An interactive online “game” used to test different programming skills allows potential hires, and just curious web searchers, the opportunity to highlight their knowledge to get noticed and hopefully hired.

The game offers five categories including Andriod, Backend/API, IOS, JAVA, and Web UI. If you are already confused, you are not alone. The Tech industry at large believes the U.S. is lacking qualified candidates to meet the demand. This has spurred some leading companies to create coding boot camps, offering education to the under-served such as women and minorities.


Target’s approach to recruitment is unique and could be a glimmer into the future of competitive job searches. Below find amazing resources directly from Target’s recruitment site.

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  • Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP)

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  • Strategy

    • Work on a variety of top-priority corporate initiatives, such as exploring new business opportunities and growing existing businesses. The Strategy team works closely with key organizations across Target, including the Executive committee. Quickly establish rapport, credibility and trust with both peers and senior executives. Ideal candidates possess a consulting background and strong problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills. Quickly size up a problem, collaborate with Target team members to create a solution and make changes happen—all with the support of leadership.