Over the past couple of months, I’ve noticed a curious theme in my conversations with current and potential customers. It’s this…regret. These companies regret making such deep cuts to their respective workforces just a couple of months ago because now they’re in the market once again for talent.

Product inspiration can come from anywhere. Earlier this summer, inspiration struck us from an unlikely source – an article on what was wrong with technical interviewing that blew up in Hacker News.

Earlier this summer, as part of marking Juneteenth, I wrote about what our small but mighty company would do to be thoughtful, intentional and active in anti-racism efforts. We committed to sharing our progress, good and bad, on a quarterly basis.

David Jiang, Senior Software Engineer at Airbnb, dropped in (virtually speaking, of course) to talk through his perspective as a hiring manager designing a smart and fair technical interview process.

Here’s the truth – the good candidates want to show you what they can do and the good hiring managers want to see it. I’m really excited to share the new feature we’ve built that will help both candidates and companies get their wish. Public Take-Homes goes live today.

TL:DR – whiteboard interviews are terrible and measure the wrong thing so you’re definitely missing out on quality talent. We sat down with NC State researchers, Chris and Mahnaz. Here’s what they had to say.

This past week, I got to have a great conversation about technical interviews with Chris Hodge of Kinkor Consulting (thanks for hosting me, Chris!). We were, of course, in total agreement – whiteboard interviews suck.

Whiteboard interviews are dead; putting candidates in a cramped room with strangers breathing down their necks is not a recipe for finding the perfect talent. We can create a better hiring process.

J.D. Mullin is a Vice President of Product Management at Intuit, where he also brings 15+ years of engineering leadership. He’s always excited to bring on great technical talent to amplify his powerhouse team.

When our senior developer, Ayumi Yu, was starting out, she was having difficulty getting the developer job she wanted. She had majored in cell biology — following her parents’ dream of seeing her become a doctor — and had no formal computer science training.