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Getting Started: Interview Coordinators & Recruiters

This document is for interview coordinators and recruiters who want to know more about creating, scheduling, and managing interviews on CoderPad.

CoderPad is a platform for conducting remote interviews with programmers, in the browser. Our interface is very similar to a programmer’s everyday tools and allows code to be run as it’s written. This makes for a comfortable candidate experience and allows the candidate to fully demonstrate their technical skills.

Registering an account

If you haven’t done so already, start by signing up for an account. Register on our main page and enter your company email and a password. This will ensure your account is associated with your company’s organization-wide plan or trial with CoderPad (if applicable).

Creating Interviews

A “pad” is the collaborative interview session where the candidate will write and run code. You should make a new pad for each interview. A record of everything the candidate types in the pad will be permanently saved for your team to review and share afterwards.

We recommend creating pads before the interview time. Go to your dashboard, and on the left side, click the “Create Pad” button. This creates a new pad, which looks like:

New coderpad session

We recommend renaming the pad so you can keep track of it in future. You can rename by clicking on the title in the bottom right corner of the pad and typing a new title. The new title will then be visible to the interviewer (but not the candidate), as seen below:

Rename pad

Inviting participants to interviews

Copy the URL of the pad and send it to both the candidate and the interviewer (the URL will always look similar to coderpad.io/DKHC4J77). You can paste the URL into a calendar invite or email it. The candidate and interviewer will click on the link at the scheduled time, which brings them into the shared interview session.

After the interview and reviewing pads

At the end of the interview, the interviewer should click the “End Interview” button at bottom right. This closes the session for further editing, makes it no longer accessible to your candidate, and launches playback mode.

You can also close completed interviews for further editing on your pads page. Pads that are still open for upcoming interviews will appear in the top half of the page, and completed/closed interviews will appear in the bottom half.

CoderPad stores all interview data for playback at a later time. Click the “Playback” button next to a pad to review the full interview. You (and members of your organization who are signed in to a CoderPad account) can access or share any pad or its playback using its original URL (in our example, coderpad.io/DKHC4J77), even if you have renamed it.

Final tips

Each pad you create counts against your quota. However, if you have created a pad but didn’t use it in an interview, you can rename it and use it for a different interview.

You can delete pads but once they’re gone, they’re gone for good, so be careful with this feature! Deleted pads still count against your interview quota.

If you have engineers who are new to CoderPad, we strongly recommend you have them get started by writing some code in our Sandbox. This will let them get familiar with the CoderPad interface without using any of your interview quota.

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!