The default Byteboard Interview is structured into two parts and must be completed in one sitting:
- A 40-minute technical reasoning exercise (Part 1)
- A 70-minute code implementation exercise (Part 2)
Between the two parts, there is a 5-minute break that the candidates can choose to take or they can start the second portion right away.
- The above default timing structure applies to all Byteboard interview domains except for our Staff SWE assessment
The default Staff SWE Byteboard Interview is still structured into two parts and must be completed in one sitting:
- A 60-minute technical reasoning exercise (Part 1)
- A 60-minute code implementation exercise (Part 2)
Before the assessment clock actually begins, candidates are directed to an interview guide portal that includes an overview of the Byteboard interview, helpful tips and tricks about allocating time during the two parts and technical setup, and much more. When candidates are ready to take their interview, they then pick their coding language and coding environment.
Candidates are notified of the time remaining during their interview by a timer in the upper right-hand corner of the interview browser window. This timer displays how much time remains (separate for each part of the interview respectively).
- Candidates can choose to hide the interview timer in their browser window if seeing the time causes them added stress
- There is an audible reminder at the 5-minute mark of time remaining in Part 2 to alert candidates that their interview time has almost concluded