Announcing Greenhouse's Integration with CoderPad

We're excited to bring another great interviewing tool to Greenhouse users through our most recent partnership with CoderPad! CoderPad is a platform for people conducting programming phone screens. It aims to provide a realistic programming environment that accurately mimics how a candidate might program at his or her day job. This helps recruiters and hiring managers better evaluate on-the-job aptitude. Learn more about CoderPad from its founder, Vincent Woo, below.


CoderPad lets you instantly write and execute code with an interviewee, right in the browser. It sports a collaborative text editor and shared realtime consoles. You can execute code written in most languages within seconds of starting an interview with a programmer.

The standard phone screen or onsite interview formula for programmers hasn't changed much in the last decade. You ask a small programming question and the candidate writes out an answer as best they can on either a whiteboard or shared document in something like Etherpad. It's a thankless task, bereft of the thousands of tools programmers have invented to make coding intelligible.

CoderPad offers a kinder path for interviewers and candidates who are sick of whiteboarding coding questions. It's 2014 - programmers should program and computers should compute. CoderPad runs your code against real compilers and gives you powerful REPLs to play with.


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Instead of nitpicking small mistakes, watch real programmers solve problems just as they would on the job: with a computer.


Now that Greenhouse has a CoderPad integration, you can send Greenhouse invitations with links to a unique CoderPad session ahead of time to interviewers and candidates. Simply add your CoderPad API key to your Greenhouse account settings and hit "Add CoderPad Link" when scheduling an interview. It'll generate a unique link for that interview so that when the appointed time rolls around, both parties can jump into the CoderPad session without any awkward exchange of links on the phone or email.

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Programming on the spot during an interview can be difficult. As an interviewer, you want to make sure the candidate is comfortable and able to focus as they normally would. It's important to ease any anxieties a candidate might have before you get into the meat of your coding exercise, and it makes a huge difference in how the candidate perceives during and after the interview. Here are the points that I usually cover:

  • We're about to do a programming exercise that I expect to take 30 minutes. Don't worry about taking too long or not getting the perfect answer. I care more about how you approach the problem.
  • Talk to me. I want to hear how you think. Ask me for hints or feedback along the way. I would much rather talk to you than watch someone solve a problem in total silence.
  • If you've forgotten how to do something that you know is easy, just say so and I will either Google it for you or suggest an easy way to figure it out. I'm not interested in how much you can memorize.

If you're not using Greenhouse yet and are interested in learning more about us or our CoderPad integration, click the button below to sign up for a demo of our platform.

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