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Getting Started With CoderPad: Candidates

This document is for candidates who are going to be interviewed on CoderPad. If you’re going to be conducting an interview, please check out our getting started guide for interviewers.

Hi there! You’re probably reading this because you have an upcoming interview on CoderPad and you want to make sure you understand how things work. We’ll keep it short and sweet.

CoderPad is a platform for doing technical phone screens or remote interviews in the browser, like Collabedit or Google Docs, with one major difference: we let you run the code as you write it. Here’s what a CoderPad session looks like:

New coderpad session

It’s pretty simple. You write code in the left pane, and when you hit “Run” the output is displayed in the right pane. For certain languages, the right pane also includes an interactive REPL. The “Reset” button clears the output in the right pane, but leaves the code you’ve written in the left pane intact.

Customizing editor settings (yes, we have Vim keybindings)

If you hit the “Settings” button in the lower-right corner, you can turn on code autocompletion for supported languages, turn on bracket auto-closure, set tab size, adjust font size, and change your keybindings from normal “sublime-esque” to Vim or Emacs.

Programming Languages and Testing

We support a lot of languages, but not all of the more obscure ones. We also have autocomplete, unit testing suites and other libraries for some of them (like Java). If you’re curious about the details or want to know if we offer your favorite testing framework or library, please check it out on the languages page!

Try it out ahead of time!

Click on over to the Sandbox (you can also find a “Sandbox” button on the left side of your Dashboard). This gives you a session that’s identical to a real CoderPad interview - the only things it doesn’t have are screen sharing and saving the session. You have unlimited access to the Sandbox to practice as much as you’d like.

Remember, don’t sweat it during the interview - CoderPad is here to make your life easier. You can run your code at any time, and use the output to get yourself unstuck.

Final Notes

If you have any questions or concerns about how things work in CoderPad, feel free to email us at support@coderpad.io - we’re happy to help!