Say you’re hiring a front end developer. You need to make sure they got chops, right? So you have to interview them. Interviewing isn’t easy for either party. I’ve heard some pretty embarrassing stories about companies who just aren’t doing it right.
CodePen can help with interviewing. Here’s how.
You don’t need to fly your interviews out for the technical part
Sure, you could email them some exercise and have them email it back or something, but that’s not as good of proof as having them do it right in front of you. That’s where Collab Mode comes in. Collab Mode allows for real time coding and chat between multiple people.
You (or you and several interviewers) could invite your interviewee in a Collab Mode session and have them work on some front end code right before your eyes, from anywhere in the world.
Beau Smith from Square was one of the first people to have done this with CodePen, and he helped us tighten up that experience tremendously.
Give them a task
I spoke with Lara Hogan from Etsy, and she also uses coding challenges when interviewing front end hires. She has a site where she converts visual ideas from Geometry Daily into Pens. She might ask an interviewee to take on a similar job, to get a feel for how they would approach that problem.
Khalid Saleem from Office Depot also told us he uses Collab Mode for interviewing. It’s cool to so many companies using it for that.
It’s about process and thinking
Of course, you’re free to judge the work of your interviewees however you wish. But I think most people would agree that what you are looking for is people’s thought process. How do the think through problems? How do they get over stumbling blocks? Can they handle a little pressure? You get a sense of all that when interviewing with Collab Mode on CodePen.
- Collection of Interview Exercise Pens
- Interview Questions and Exercises About CSS
- Philip Walton’s Interviewing Suggestions
- Darcy Clarke’s Front-end Job Interview Questions
After using a ton of different online code editors for interviews, I am pretty sure my favorite is @CodePen! You guys rock!
— Steven Bassett (@bassettsj) October 24, 2014