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Getting Started with CoderPad for Interview Coordinators & Recruiters

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This document is for 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 any browser. The CoderPad interface is very similar to common development software that programmers use, like an IDE, that runs and tests code as it is written. This makes for a comfortable and familiar candidate experience and allows the candidate to demonstrate their technical skills.

Log in to your CoderPad account

If your company has a CoderPad account, ask your administrator for an invite and instructions on how to login.

If your company does not have a CoderPad account, register here.

For paid plans, visit our Pricing page and click ‘Buy Now’.

Creating interviews

A pad is a session where the candidate and interviewer write and run code – either during a live collaborative interview or a take-home project. CoderPad saves a record of everything for your team to review and share afterwards. 

Live interviews are available on all CoderPad plans. Take-home projects are available to our Business and Enterprise customers.

Live interviews

To create a live interview, click the ‘Create Pad’ button in the main dashboard

We recommend creating live interview pads before the interview time. 

Rename the pad by editing the title in the bottom right corner of the pad. The new title is visible to the interviewer (but not the candidate).

Question Bank

The Question Bank is where you create and manage interview questions for your organization to share. It also provides example questions which you can copy and edit.

For live interviews and take-home projects, attach a question to the pad from the Question Bank.

You can also create pads for live interviews and take-home projects directly from the Question Bank. 

Inviting a candidate

Invite a candidate to the interview by clicking the ‘Invite’ button and choosing the relevant option.

When you’re ready to start the interview, click the ‘Start Call’ button.

Take-home projects

After clicking the ‘Create Pad’ button, open the settings by clicking the ‘Settings’ button in the bottom right-hand corner. Under Pad Type, enable the take-home option and select the interview time-limit. 

Add questions and challenges to the pad with the Question Bank.

To invite a candidate to a take-home project, click ‘Invite’ as before, copy the URL of the pad, and send it to the candidate.

Use a new pad for each interview or assessment.

After the interview

The candidate loses access to the pad when the interview ends or they submit the pad. 

Live interviews

To end a live interview, the interviewer clicks the ‘End Interview’ button in the lower right-hand corner. 

This moves the live pad into the ‘Ended’ status in the dashboard and enables Playback mode. 

Click the ‘Playback’ button to review the interview.

Take-home projects

To submit a take-home project, the candidate clicks the ‘Submit Take-Home’ button in the lower right-hand corner.

You can also end a take-home interview from the dashboard by clicking the three dots next to the running interview and selecting ‘End’.

Ending a take-home interview moves the pad into Ready for review status.

Click the ‘Review’ button to review the interview.

When you are done reviewing the interview, click the ‘Finish Review’ button.

This moves the pad into Reviewed status and enables Playback mode. 

Click ‘Playback’ to review the interview.

Share pads for review

Share pads with any member of your organization that has a CoderPad account with its original URL (in our example, coderpad.io/DKHC4J77).

Final tips

  • Each pad you create counts against your quota.
  • Pads available for use in upcoming interviews have a ‘Not Started’ status in the dashboard.
  • You can delete pads, but once they’re gone, they’re gone for good, so be careful! 
  • Deleted pads count against your interview quota, unless they are deleted within 28 days of creation.
  • We strongly recommend that engineers new to CoderPad get familiar with the interface by using our sandbox. The Sandbox uses no 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!