Create an Inclusive Interview Experience with CoderPad
CoderPad’s platform enables consistent, fair technical interviews by giving developers the environment they need to do their best work. It offers critical tools to evaluate candidates effectively and help reduce bias.
At the start of many interview processes, there’s a dependence on resumes to determine whether or not a candidate is right for your team. The problem is, a list of a candidate’s previous jobs and educational background does not tell you whether or not they possess the technical skills needed to be successful in the role. Instead, it introduces assumptions and possible bias into the process.
Evaluate all applicants equally by looking at their work samples. Create a project that can be made available publicly for all interested applicants with our public take-home project. Add the url to your Career page, University Recruiting campaign or send it to a batch of candidates. This enables you to replace a resume review with a skills-based assessment, and also provides an alternative path for candidates who may not want to fill out a job application but do want to show off their skills.
Standardized Candidate Experience
To ensure a fair playing field for every candidate, technical interviews should follow a standardized experience. Creating a structured interview process with evaluation criteria will help you objectively assess each candidate and reduce bias.
Ask the Right (Standard and Specific) Questions
Centralize your interview questions for every level and type of job within your Question Bank. Create these questions based on realistic projects a person would do in this role at your company to see if their skills fit your needs – and review the questions on a regular basis to make sure they’re still applicable. After the interview, make sure the hiring manager and interviewers are on the same page by reviewing the interview Playback.
Set Clear Evaluation Criteria
Have your team follow a standard process for every interview so that they all know what “good” looks like. Implement a rubric-based grading system and give interviewers clear solutions to each question. Implementing these guidelines while using CoderPad throughout your hiring stages ensures you don’t over-index on candidates who are good at navigating interviews but don’t have the technical chops.
The Right Environment
Developers need to feel comfortable in their environment to do their best work. This means the coding platform for each interview must be familiar and intuitive, instead of something with a steep learning curve. It also means giving them the space and comfort to show off their skills – not participate in a stress test.
Ensure Realistic Coding
Give candidates the ability to show off their skills – and give you a signal that they’re the right fit – by giving them a familiar, easy-to-use environment for coding. CoderPad’s familiar code editor allows devs to feel at home, with features they expect to have in an IDE. Candidates and interviewers alike can customize their editor settings in CoderPad – giving them a platform where they can do their best work.
Provide a Comfortable Interview Experience
CoderPad has worked with leading academics to create Focus Time, a feature that gives candidates 5 minutes of quiet time to gather their thoughts before they begin working on a solution. It gives them the opportunity to settle nerves, get organized, and think about the technical problem. Studies have shown that candidates in a traditional interview who are watched by an interviewer performed half as well as those who solved the problem alone with space to think.