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Focus Time

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Focus time is a CoderPad feature that gives candidates 5 minutes of quiet, unobserved time to collect their thoughts, and start working on a solution, before the interview starts. 

Start Focus Time

Both the interviewer and the candidate can start Focus Time. In the pad, click the Focus button in the left tabs menu.

The focus time button is highlighted in the left tab menu.

A pop-up opens explaining the benefits of Focus Time. The interviewer sees this pop up:

"start focus time. How can you assess a candidate's coding skillset when they're under artificial stress? Giving a qualified candidate a few minutes to collect their thoughts can drastically improve their ability to pass technical assessments.

Focus Time will “pause” the interview for 5 minutes, blurring your screen while the candidate starts to think through the problem without the stress of someone watching. We'll play a sound when it's time for you to come back to the interview.

(If you're using a 3rd party audio/videoconference, be sure to mute those as well)."

The candidate sees this one:

"start focus time. you're stressed, we get it. you're more likely to perform better if you take a few minutes to collect your thoughts. focus time "pauses" your interview for 5 minutes so you can think through the problem on your own, without the interviewer watching. we'll ring a bell when 10 seconds are left, and again when time is up."

To start Focus Time, click Begin Focus Time.

The interviewer’s screen blurs out and they have no audio or video while Focus Time is in progress:

A pad with the "focus time in-progress" window open. The remaining time is shown. The pad itself is blurred in the background.

The candidate has access to the pad and can begin working on a solution:

A pad is shown with the focus time timer shown at the top of the pad.

Both the interviewer and candidate see the Focus Time clock counting down.

The interviewer and candidate are alerted with a pleasant sound when Focus Time reaches 0:00 minutes. At that time, Focus Time ends, the pad unblurs, audio and video return, and the interview begins.

End Focus Time early

❗We highly caution against an interviewer ending Focus Time early, as this leads to a poor candidate experience.

Interviewers can click the ‘End Early’ button to end Focus Time before the 5 minutes is up.

"focus time in progress. while your candidate is taking 5 minutes to wrap their head around the coding assessment you gave them, you can learn more about why focus time is a good idea, take a break, or (quickly) go get something else done. Turn your sound up to hear a notification sound when focus time is done."

Candidates can end Focus Time early by clicking ‘Start Call’ in the lower left corner of the pad.

The start call button is shown in the bottom left of the pad.

After the interview

Interviewers can review the candidate’s progress during Focus Time in Playback Mode.

Find out more in our Focus Time article.