What are the pre-requisites for conducting/joining Live Coding Interview

We have listed down some essentials that would help to conduct a smooth Live Coding Interview session

Live Coding Interview is a real-time face-to-face interaction with the candidates to assess their coding abilities with an in-built code editor. The interview is scheduled by a primary interviewer, who is also the host. If you are invited as an interviewer, the below tips will be handy in ensuring a smooth experience. 

Technical requirements

1. Pre-check your laptop/desktop for functioning mic and camera: Live Coding Interview will require a camera and a mic. Make sure that you join the session from a system that has both these in working condition. You can also perform a system check before joining the session.

2. Update to the latest browser versions: Live Coding Interview is supported on the latest Chrome and Firefox versions. 

What is a Live Coding Interview, and how does it work?

Live Coding Interview is an interactive face-to-face interview wherein you can assess the coding skills of the developers. Interviewers can add a question from the skill library of 30 questions and watch as the candidate writes the logic to solve it. 

The Live Coding Interview screen will look like this.

Live Coding Interview

You can interact with the candidate via text, audio, or video chat and ask questions about their approach to the problem statement. 

During the interview, you can click Interview rating and rate the candidate's performance on 5 parameters: code quality, technical communication, code optimization, code design, and problem-solving. The ratings are not visible to other interviewers. The host interviewer can view the rating in the report section.


Q: I have logged in but cannot view anything?

A: The session can only begin when the host starts it. 

Q: How can I troubleshoot audio or webcam issues?

A: Ensure that webcam and microphone permissions are enabled.

Web cam permission- Live Coding Interview

If the issue arises in the middle of the interview, it might be due to connectivity issues. 

Q: How many people can I add as an interviewer?

A: Maximum 4 people are allowed in one session, out of which 3 can be interviewers, and 1 has to be a candidate. 

Q: I have shared the interview link with my teammate, but they are unable to join

A: If you already have 3 interviewers in the session, you will not add another one. However, if there are only 2 people in the call and other teammates are unable to join, this may be because of the below

1. Network issues: Slow connectivity 

2. Browser issues: Using previous browser versions

3. Connecting from mobile: Live Coding Interview is not compatible with mobile devices

Q: How many questions are available for the interview?

A: You have access to the Mocha coding skills library with around 30 questions of varying difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard.  

Q: If I get disconnected, can I login again?

A: Yes, you can log in using the same link. 

Q: The candidate has compiled the code but is getting an error. What can be done?

A: This mostly happens due to connectivity issues. If the issue persists, please contact support@imocha.io with your interview link.

Q: What is the test against custom input?

A: If you want to test the logic of the candidate's code using your own input values, you can use Test against custom input options.

Q: I am unable to view the question, what can be done?

A: Most likely, this happens due to connectivity issues; please wait for some time for the questions to load. 

Q: How many questions can I add?

A: Depending on the job role and skills to be evaluated, you can decide on the number of questions. 

Q: What is an interview rating? 

A: Each interviewer can submit their rating for code quality, technical communication, code optimization, code design, and problem-solving. The rating is confidential and only visible to the primary interviewer. The final score is based on the average rating of all the interviewers.

Q: I have submitted my rating. Can I view the report?

A: If you are the primary host, the report will only be generated when all the interviewers present in the session have submitted their ratings. For other interviewers, the report is not visible. 

If there is anything you would like to know more, write to us at support@imocha.io