Making Mentimeter a Leader in User Experience
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Jacob Klapwijk is a Senior Frontend Engineer at Mentimeter and alongside his colleague Kristian Hellquist, an Engineering Manager, spent substantial hours interviewing prospective candidates.
"When it comes to finding and hiring the best developers, being able to determine what skills and real-world problem-solving an applicant can bring to their role is crucial to Mentimeter's continued success."
Realising that their time could be better spent elsewhere in the business, they resorted to using an external coding tool to reduce the number of hours required for interviews. However, the tests were too generic and at the same time didn't go deep enough into a domain.
"The tools we tried before DevSkills provided a setup with outdated technologies, and very theoretical questions, meant that the tool's functionality did not meet our requirements, and the issues continued to persist."
Talking to Developers in a Language They Understand
After scheduling a demo with DevSkills and evaluating internally for the frontend hiring pipeline, Jacob then tried the platform on a real candidate. The final step was a walkthrough session where we showed him how to do a follow-up code review. This positive review resulted in Mentimeter switching to DevSkills.
"We found that the DevSkills cases didn't give away to candidates exactly what they needed to do, without making it too difficult. This enabled us to get a full picture of their experience and key skills to ensure they were the right technical as well as cultural fit."
After a few months of successfully using the DevSkills setup for the frontend, Kristian approached us to replicate the same process for the backend hiring pipeline. Once the demo, internal evaluation, real candidate test, and a follow-up code review were concluded, the team was able to start interviewing.
Thanks to the DevSkills testing solution, the team at Mentimeter was able to enhance its tech assessment process to provide all applicants with the ability to choose their preferred programming language and stack to work with. This not only significantly improved the user experience but also meant that the hiring team was able to get enough data points about a candidate's competencies to make an informed decision.
As of today, Mentimeter now uses DevSkills across four different hiring pipelines: frontend, backend, data science, and DevOps.
"DevSkills have been very eager to support us if we have any questions regarding a case that an engineer has submitted. They're always quick to respond and nothing is too much trouble. They come highly recommended."