If a candidate has clicked away from the IDE during an interview, that might indicate that they’re referencing external resources. While you can decide whether you will allow the candidate to look up syntax documentation, you can get a pulse on how often your candidate is clicking away from the IDE by noting the Activity Indicator near the top of the IDE.
If the light is green, the candidate is working within the IDE.
If it is red, the candidate has clicked away from the IDE.
While it cannot indicate where the candidate is navigating, noting how often the activity indicator turns red can provide additional insight into your candidate's session. If it turns red often, this could be an indicator that the candidate is relying too heavily on external resources and possibly searching for solutions online.
The activity indicator can be viewed both during the interview and during the coding replay of your interview session.
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