There’s a lot more to engineering than coding

How Ezoic’s engineering manager grew the startup using Byteboard

Sargun Kaur
Aug 11 · 4 min read
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Ezoic is a rapidly growing AI-based web optimization startup based in Carlsbad, CA. We chatted with Ezoic’s engineering manager, Jason Bauer, about his experience with using Byteboard over the last year to grow their technical team.

What were your biggest challenges in your interview process before using Byteboard?

We also realized that our traditional interview may have excluded people that we might otherwise want on our team. Not everybody is great at these algorithms type questions. But you could write a graphing tool to show publishers some data. That’s what we’re looking for. So we realized that we were probably disqualifying engineers that might have been great for us just because of the types of tests that we were doing.

The Byteboard interview looks quite different from traditional technical interviews, as it simulates asynchronous engineering work by asking candidates to work through a technical design spec and coding implementation exercise.

How have Ezoic candidates responded to taking the Byteboard interview as a part of your interview process?

Great editor and I loved, loved, loved that I was tested practically. I felt like I really got to showcase the kind of skill and efficiency that I ACTUALLY be using if I were to be hired for a position. Really cannot praise this style of interview enough. I felt comfortable and having the resources I would have in a real job scenario really made me feel like this was a great assessment of what I can do. — Ezoic candidate

Byteboard provides you with a structured report of the candidate’s performance and a recommendation calibrated against the skills you’re looking for.

How have the recommendations and reports enabled your team to hire more confidently and efficiently?

Whenever there is a candidate I do need to review further, I like the color coding breakdown of the skills. It allows me to easily see what skills that candidate is lacking in. Just last week we had a candidate who was weak on ‘attention to detail.’ We ended up moving forward with the candidate, but that was something I was able to discuss with the team and make sure to address that skill gap in the final interview. We didn’t have that skills breakdown with our previous interview system.

Byteboard focuses on assessing for on-the-job software engineering skills. By having a more holistic interview process, how has your approach to hiring changed?


By using Byteboard, Ezoic increased their onsite-to-offer rate from less than 20% to over 45%, while saving their engineers hundreds of hours to focus on engineering. Over 87% of Ezoic candidates rate their experience with Byteboard favorably. To start using Byteboard for your team, meet with our team by signing up at byteboard.dev.

Ezoic has many open roles across engineering. Apply to their open positions here.

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Byteboard

Our interview evaluates for on-the-job skills, not access and privilege.

Sargun Kaur

Written by

building Byteboard to make interviews effective, efficient, and equitable for everyone. www.byteboard.dev

Byteboard

Byteboard

Our interview evaluates for on-the-job skills, not access and privilege.

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