When it comes to hiring technical talent, ensuring that you choose the right assessment is crucial to saving your engineering team time and making the best hire for your role. You need an assessment that effectively tests relevant skills without overwhelming the candidate, while maintaining their engagement throughout the process.

At Hatchways, we have a wide range of realistic, GitHub-based assessments in our catalogue designed to match different hiring needs. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you select the perfect assessment from our catalogue:

Step 1: Use Filters

Start by using the filters available on our platform to narrow down the options based on role type, experience level, and languages required for the position. This will help you filter out assessments that don't meet your requirements. Here is some additional information about a couple of our filter options:

  • Each assessment in the catalogue has a recommended Time to Complete. This is the average time span that most candidates of the recommended level will take to complete the entire assessment. These are only general guidelines, and the scope of the assessment can be reduced or expanded to meet your needs
  • Levels are defined differently at every company. We assign each assessment in our catalogue an experience level that is determined by both the complexity of the topics covered as well as how much the candidate is expected to complete within the recommended time frame. For example, a junior assessment would be simple and/or require less total output compared to a similar senior assessment of the same length. New grad assessments are usually a more general problem solving type assessment that doesn’t require knowledge of specific frameworks or advanced domain knowledge.
Filters on Hatchways
  • Some of the filter options in the catalogue

Step 2: Consider Your Needs

Think about where in the interview process the assessment will be used and what specific skills you want to measure in that step of the process. Each assessment has additional details, such as keyword tags and a detailed Skills Assessed section that can help you hone in on which result is most aligned with your current hiring needs. We have additional resources on our blog, such as this post, to help you think through what to evaluate for a given role.

Skills Assessed on Hatchways

Some of the details available for an assessment in the Hatchways catalogue

Step 3: Refine Your Selection

Once you've selected an assessment, we suggest that you refine it to fit the specifics of the role you're hiring for. When modifying an assessment, you can disable certain language options, update the instructions to add more or less ambiguity, or add/remove tasks to customize the focus of the assessment.

Remember that  good assessment should effectively test relevant skills without overwhelming the candidate. Focus on optimizing the signal-to-time ratio to gather useful information while maintaining the candidate's engagement throughout the process. You can see other posts on our blog such as this one to learn more about creating a high quality assessment.

Refine and Edit on Hatchways

Editing an assessment from the Hatchways catalogue

Step 4: Invite Candidates

Once you're happy with the assessment, use the Invite Candidates button to send email invitations directly or share a generic sign-up link. Hatchways makes it easy to manage and track your candidates' progress - simply visit the Candidates tab in the dashboard.


Choosing the right assessment is key to finding the best technical talent for your organization, and Hatchways can make the process easier and more effective. Sign up for our free platform today and start exploring our catalogue options. If you don't find exactly what you need in the catalogue, you can work with Hatchways to build a custom assessment tailored to your specific use case!