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Hired Assessments (candidate FAQ)

These FAQs pertain to the Hired Assessments standalone platform (i.e. assessments specifically shared with a candidate by an employer). 

What browser types are supported when taking an assessment?

At this time, only the most recent versions of Chrome and Firefox are supported. Using other browser types to take an assessment may result in technical difficulties.  

What types of questions should I expect to see on an assessment?

Employers can build assessments around a combination of coding, multiple choice, and free response questions. Before you start the assessment, you will see an overview of the types of questions that will be asked, the number of questions, and the time allotted for the assessment.

Can I use my own IDE?

We know that you may prefer to use a different IDE than the one we provide. While we understand that having your custom macros or other tools at your disposal may help you be more efficient, copying and pasting from your own environment means that employers cannot view a playback of your process and may not be able to fully assess your skills. Therefore, we recommend not leaving the session once started and working exclusively in the IDE provided. 

How can I familiarize myself with the IDE?

You will have the option to take a sample before taking the assessment itself. You may take the sample as many times as desired and it will familiarize you with the environment and the kinds of questions that can be asked during the actual assessment. 

Why don’t I see my preferred language in the dropdown?

The employer chooses which languages can be used for any given assessment. If their company is language agnostic, they may very well leave all languages as options. However, if you do not see a particular language listed in the dropdown, this means the employer has removed it as an option for the assessment, likely leaving only languages used for the role.

Where are the test cases?

The test cases for your assessment do not appear automatically. Rather, you must first select Run. Find the Run button in the top left corner of the environment and select. 

How did I score 0% after submitting my code when my code was correct?

In order to make test cases appear, you must select Run in the top left corner of the environment. If you do not, you never see the test cases you are graded against. 

I passed all the test cases when running my code. Why didn't I score 100%?

On each run, the test suite runs a random subset from a larger group of tests. It's possible to pass all of the randomly selected tests during a test run in the IDE, but then fail different randomly selected tests on submission. It's also possible that while your solution is logically correct, it's inefficient enough to run into the execution time limit allotted for that test.

Why can’t I see my results? 

By default, candidates cannot see their results (score and time taken) for an assessment. Candidates can only see their results if an employer turns on the option. If you are unable to see your results, it is because the employer left the setting to the default.

How do I get to the second coding question if the assessment has two? 

At the top of the coding environment, you will see two tabs. The first says Question 1 and the second says Question 2. Be sure to toggle to the second tab to work on Question 2.

What should I do if there is a mistake in a question on my assessment?

Whether there is a typo in a question or selectable answer or a logical error in a question or answer, you will want to bring it to the attention of the employer who shared the assessment with you. They can correct the mistake and share a fresh assessment with you once updated.

What do I do if the link for an assessment has expired?

Employers may set a timeframe in which an assessment can be taken to align with their hiring needs. If the threshold has passed, your best option would be to contact the employer who shared the assessment with you directly to request they send you a new assessment.

Why am I being told I am not permitted to take an assessment an employer shared?

It is possible you created your Hired Assessments profile using an email address that differs from the email address the employer sent the assessment to. To remedy the issue, contact and provide both email addresses so they can change it for you.

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