Before Mentimeter approached Alva Labs for help, Senior Frontend Engineer Jacob Klapwijk and Engineering Manager Kristian Hellquist spent considerable 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."
Jacob and Kristian quickly realised that the time spent in interviews could be directed elsewhere in business. At first, they engaged an external coding tool to cut down the hours required for technical interviews.
However, the tests were too generic and failed to go deep into the domain.
Engaging with Developers in a Language They Understand
After some deliberation, Mentimeter approached Alva Labs and booked a demo. Jacob wanted to see how Alva’s frontend hiring pipeline worked and he tried the platform on a real candidate. Afterward, Alva’s support team walked Jacob through the steps to conducting a follow-up code review.
Jacob was pleasantly surprised by the demo, and decided to make the switch to Alva’s coding tests.
After a few months of successfully using the Alva Labs setup for the frontend, Kristian wanted 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, Mentimeter’s hiring team were able to start interviewing right away.
Thanks to Alva’s testing solution, the team at Mentimeter were able to adjust their tech assessment process and provide all applicants with the chance 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.
Today, Mentimeter uses Alva Labs across four different hiring pipelines: frontend, backend, data science, and DevOps.