We recently announced our integration with CoderPad and decided to sit down with our engineer who led the project to learn more about how it works. And what better venue to host the chat than CoderPad itself? Hit play below to watch the interview, or continue scrolling for a transcript.
Q1: We recently announced our integration with CoderPad, and now we’re chatting—on CoderPad!—with our engineer who led the charge, David Casper. Hi, David!
Q2: Before we talk CoderPad, tell me a little bit more about yourself. How long have you been working at Clara Labs?
A: I’m a full stack developer, and I’ve been working here at Clara Labs just under a year. I generally work on back-end projects, and I have lots of experience with integrations and getting two systems to communicate with one another. Before joining on the team, I was a tools developer at Workday. Outside of work, I’m a big music lover, and I spend a lot of my free time outdoors.
QFizz: Okay…let’s see CoderPad in action. Show me a typical programming question.
A: With CoderPad, you log in as the interviewer, and it gives you access to a bank of test questions to ensure a consistent candidate experience. Once you pose the question, the candidate will see it in their console and can begin working on the assignment. The interviewer can see their work in real time and collaborate with them if they want to help along the way.
Let’s work through a common question. Can you go into your question bank and pose the fizz/buzz question to me?
Q4: We’re always looking for new integrations for Clara. Why did we decide to focus on CoderPad?
A: A lot of companies interested in a solution as bleeding edge as Clara are tech-savvy tech companies looking to hire software engineers. So, this is the top tool for doing recruiting screens before an onsite.
QBuzz: As a software developer yourself, have you used CoderPad for interviews before? What was your experience like?
A: I have! It’s a great candidate experience. Most developers prefer programming in a real environment vs. pen and paper. It’s interactive, but this is much more specialized with code formatting tools and support for different languages. Even if the interviewer isn’t familiar with your primary language, they can still verify the end result more easily than other options out there. CoderPad also includes audio and video in their platform, so it’s truly a one-stop shop—no need to set up a video conference link, shared document, permissions, or anything else.
Q6: This isn’t the first integration that you’ve worked on at Clara Labs. Was there anything different about this project?
A: One thing that I think is really cool about this integration is it really demonstrates the strong foundation we’ve built for conference support. Last quarter, we announced our integration with Zoom. Through that process, we put a lot of thought into the design of our conference line support not just for that integration, but in general. It made it a lot more straightforward to do this one, and makes me excited about the possibilities for integrations to come. It keeps us nimble, and we’re only going to get better at the process.
Q7: Can’t wait to see what the next Clara integration is! Thanks for talking to us about CoderPad, David.