Online coding interview and how to CodePair remotely.
The reason for conducting a coding interview for a software development candidate is to know how well they can code when they are hired. Organizations want to see how the candidate will perform under real-time scenarios. And at the same time, they want to make it as easy as possible for the candidate to take the test. The Codepair interview gives recruiters a window onto the candidate’s development process. It is as close as a real environment.
In this article, we will discuss how to conduct an online coding interview with a remote CodePair.
What happens in an online coding interview?
In an online coding interview, the candidate is asked to use their coding skills to do a certain task.
The task includes:
Fixing a piece of code
Writing an algorithm
Performing a business function
Doing a very basic task like inverting a binary tree
The recruiter watches the candidate while completing the task and then ask questions. The question can be about why a candidate made a certain decision or how the person would react on a change in the code. An online coding interview should show if the candidate gets hired how they would react to a similar situation. Due to this, an online coding interview should contain a task that mirrors the candidate’s first day of work.
What is a good task for an online coding interview?
A good task for coding should be a kind of task which the development candidate would have to face if they started working with you. It is cited in some research that work sample tests are the best indicator of a candidate’s future performance. So the interview should represent authentic work under the same conditions that your candidate would have to tackle at work. It gives the developer all of the resources they would normally use at work and the best developers know how to use, libraries, Google, frameworks, etc. to produce a clean efficient code within the deadlines.
The qualities of a good coding interview task.
The task is an authentic work sample.
The task is based on a business problem that the candidate would face if they start working with the organization.
It gives the developer all of the resources they would normally use at work.
The candidates might be busy with their present work and attending an interview in the middle of the day will coincide with the availability of the recruiter. So there is a risk of the candidate not attending the interview. Coordinating an interview is even more difficult when the candidate is traveling out of town. Conducting an online coding interview is the best solution to get around the issue. It adds a lot of flexibility to the interview and also reduces the traveling time. But to hold an online CodePair test, organizations need a tool that will allow them both to communicate with the developer and see what they are working on.
CodePair provides a live platform for conducting interviews online. It provides the recruiter all the flexibility to recreate an experience similar to an onsite interview. It gives interviewers the ability to change and customize the questions after they see the progress of the candidates. CodePair is a time-efficient and cost-effective method to remotely assess the candidates. It gives the recruiters the ability to know about a candidate’s coding and problem-solving ability in real-time.
The key features of CodePair
Access to the Library – Any available question can be selected by the interviewers from their personal library for Codepair Interviews. And, also they have the option to create a new question or access the hackerRank library. As you can see in this picture how the HackerRank can help you.
Code collaboration – All the participants in the interview can edit code, provide input, and test code by running it live on CodePair.
Chat functionality – With the help of built-in text, voice and video chat the candidate and the interviewer can communicate with each other in the interview.
Playback feature – The automatically generated interview report recreates the entire interview which helps the other members of the hiring team review the candidate interview performance in detail.
Notes – The interviewers can take notes which will not be visible to the candidate.
Built-in IDE – CodePair has a built-in IDE that supports over 30 languages.
OnlineCodePair means that the tech screen and interview can be folded into one. It’s very simple to start the test. The interviewer sends the candidate an invitation through a platform like eg HackerRank, Devskiller. Then the candidate needs to start the test at a prearranged time and then the interviewer can join the CodePair test. Once the interviewer joins, they have full real-time access to the same IDE that the candidate has. The interviewer can then work on the project with the candidate by deleting or adding code. While working, the candidate and interviewer can have a video chat within the app through which the interviewer can ask questions to understand know what the candidate is thinking about. At the end of the interview, all of the actions in the IDE will be recorded so that it can be reviewed later on as to how the CodePair interview went and take notes on the candidate’s decisions.