In every engineering team’s office around the world, you’ll find whiteboards. Covered in scribbled diagrams, wire-frames, and database tables, whiteboards and engineers go hand in hand. It’s no wonder that for years whiteboards have been the status quo when it comes to running technical onsite interviews.
Canvas is the latest feature added to our remote interviewing product CodeLive. Using the Canvas, both interviewer and candidate can quickly draw diagrams and shapes to translate technical questions on a high level.
In Canvas interviewers and candidates can:
- Draw free form objects with a pencil, pen, and other stroke types in any color
- Add text boxes, resize text, and format with color
- Draw and use lines to connect objects together
- Create circles, rectangles, and other shapes
- Add post-its with additional notes
- Upload photos and screenshots to draw on top of
- Upload PDFs and PowerPoint slides for more complex systems
- Resize and move objects around
- Undo, clear, and pan around the Canvas
After enabling CodeLive Canvas, you will be able to use it in every CodeLive interview by simply choosing the appropriate tab on the left-hand side:
What can I draw in CodeLive Canvas?
Currently, CodeLive Canvas gives you the possibility to upload your own images, PDF, and PPT files and draw basic shapes: rectangles, circles, lines, and text. You can also add a postit. If you can't find the desired shape in default options, then you can always pick either pen or marker and draw it yourself.
Can I customize my drawings?
When looking at customization, you can pick stroke thickness and color. You can move already present objects by either grabbing the object you want, or selecting first if you want to grab more than 1 object.
I've made a mistake while drawing, what can I do?
If you've made a mistake, then you can either undo your last action or grab an eraser or scissors. You can also simply clear the whole drawing board in order to begin anew - but be careful because this action cannot be undone.
I've finished the interview. Where can I check the board?
You can always check the board by going to the report of the CodeLive session. There's also a possibility to download a PDF if you want to share it with your colleagues.
I want to use CodeLive Canvas in my interviews. How can I go about it?
If you don't have access to Canvas, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager or firstname.lastname@example.org - we will be happy to help!
If you have any additional questions about CodeLive Canvas or would like to leave your feedback, please contact us at email@example.com.