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I’ve written before about the tech interview process being broken. Too often, coding assessments are irrelevant, tedious, and biased. I know because I’ve been a part of them as an interviewer and candidate at the most well-known tech companies like Google, Facebook, MongoDB, and dozens of others.

I built Coderbyte to improve the recruiting process with code assessments that are realistic, unbiased, and respectful of the candidate’s time. That’s why 1,600+ organizations use our platform to screen 25,000+ candidates per month.

One of the trends I’m most excited about is the shift toward compensating candidates for completing take-home coding projects.


Un-cracking the code interview

It’s become a cliché in the industry: the technical interview is broken. Virtually everyone agrees that most technical hiring processes are biased, burdensome, and embarrassingly ineffective at identifying the best candidates for the role.

And yet, despite widespread condemnation, it seems nothing ever changes. Why? Simple: supply and demand. Pundits and industry leaders that ignore this reality may have good intentions, but they aren’t actually helping us find a better path forward.

Why code assessments and interviews need to exist

The reality is that there are more senior roles than senior candidates, but fewer junior roles than junior candidates. This mismatch isn’t that surprising – thousands of…


Manage your GitHub take home projects for candidates

I’ve hired dozens of engineers in my career and, until last year, always met them in person first! Obviously, we’ve all had to change our hiring processes from in-person workflows to online remote code screening and interview platforms.

All companies hire engineers a little bit differently, but the general flow is as follows:

  • Begin with a 1–2 hour automated screening process with coding challenges to remove candidates who lack the required skills or experience. This typically removes about 60–90% of applicants.
  • Then schedule a 1-hour remote interview with real-time coding and whiteboarding.
  • After determining that the candidate possesses the sufficient…

Find the best alternatives to CoderPad

I’ve hired dozens of engineers in my career and, until last year, always met them in person first! Obviously, we’ve all had to change our hiring processes from in-person workflows to online remote code screening and interview platforms.

All companies hire engineers a little bit differently, but the general flow is as follows:

  • Begin with a 1–2 hour automated screening process with coding challenges to remove candidates who lack the required skills or experience. This typically removes about 60–90% of applicants.
  • Then schedule a 1-hour remote interview with real-time coding and whiteboarding.
  • After determining that the candidate possesses the sufficient…

Find the best alternatives to HackerRank and Codility

I’ve hired dozens of engineers in my career and, until last year, always met them in person first! Obviously, we’ve all had to change our hiring processes from in-person workflows to online remote code screening and interview platforms.

All companies hire engineers a little bit differently, but the general flow is as follows:

  • Begin with a 1–2 hour automated screening process with coding challenges to remove candidates who lack the required skills or experience. This typically removes about 60–90% of applicants.
  • Then schedule a 1-hour remote interview with real-time coding and whiteboarding.
  • After determining that the candidate possesses the sufficient…

Comparing UserTesting, UserZoom, Feedback Loop, and more

The world is changing faster than ever before and it’s increasingly difficult for companies to keep up with market trends and consumer preferences. Historically, research teams led by experts (often with PhDs!) were responsible for generating and disseminating insights throughout the organization. Unsurprisingly, the software tools that emerged around them were highly sophisticated.


Comparing FullStory, Inspectlet, Session Rewind, and more

Great product and design teams have to balance the need to continuously innovate by adding new features with the need to optimize existing features. Every new feature dilutes existing features and adds complexity to your product. Building new features when you have a simple product with just 10 early adopter customers is drastically different than when you have an already robust product with 500 corporate customers that want stability.

Around when we reached 1,000 customers on Coderbyte, we had to shift from daily product releases to carefully staged and limited beta releases to first monitor adoption to validate both value…


Comparing Mixpanel, Amplitude, Pendo, Heap, and more

Product and data teams eventually reach a crossroads: continue trying to make Google Analytics work, build your own dashboard, or invest in one of the many product analytics platforms out there.

We had to make the same decision last year after we reached 1,000 customers. We had a research stack for product decision-making that helped us get off the ground quickly, but we eventually needed a more robust and granular platform for tracking activity and adoption.

Like you, we wished Google Analytics would be enough. It’s free after all! Unfortunately, it’s just such a limited and stagnant product with a…


Generate rapid insights for rapid growth

Being customer-driven has probably never been more difficult. Features are easily copied, markets quickly become saturated, bugs are publicly Tweeted about, and customer expectations are continuously increasing. Every time our team thinks we’ve finally achieved ‘product-market fit’, the target seems to move and our backlog grows. I know this is a familiar feeling for many founders and product leaders, and even more the case for those who haven’t gotten to market yet!

After writing about our rapid growth at Coderbyte, I got asked about how we maintain customer-obsession at our scale. As I mentioned in the article, we still know…


Coderbyte began 9 years ago as a coding interview prep site for developers, and has helped more than 500,000 developers since then. About two years ago we launched a code assessment solution for businesses, and this month we celebrated an important milestone: 1,000 business customers. We’re on a roll and are looking forward to our next 1,000 customers, but further growth is not inevitable. In fact, even reaching 10 customers was no small task — the technical screening industry is a crowded SaaS market with more than 70 solutions featured on G2. …

Daniel Borowski

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