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Live Room Interview Guide for Candidates
Live Room Interview Guide for Candidates

Learn how live rooms operate

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Written by Zach Sanford
Updated over a week ago

This guide is designed to help you prepare for and easily navigate a Filtered Live Room, an enhanced web conferencing interview platform.

Live rooms operate much like a Zoom, GoTo Meeting, or Microsoft Teams meeting, with additional features including a code pad, an enhanced whiteboard for outlining problems and solutions, an IDE, and a remote desktop.

These additional features allow you and the interviewer to collaborate on sample issues or problems with a tech stack that mirrors their own environment.

Joining the Interview

Device Settings & Configuration

The system will automatically detect your camera and microphone and will validate that both are functioning before you can join the Live Room interview.

Please note:

  1. You will need to speak loudly in order for the system to verify that your microphone is working correctly.

  2. You can change or blur the background by selecting the Camera dropdown and selecting Change Background.

Enter your email address and select Go when you are ready to join the interview.


Having difficulties accessing the Live Room?

For the quickest response, visit and click on the chat button in the bottom right corner of your screen. to start a conversation with our Support team.

You can also email

For questions or technical support during your interview, use the link provided in the Live Room chat window.

Live Room Navigation

Standard Meeting Features

All of the common functionality of a web conferencing solution (plus more!) is available in your interactive Live Room. Your interview can be recorded so that the interviewer can refer back to your session if needed or share your session with another team member.

Camera & Microphone, Settings, Background

Once you have joined the live room, mute your microphone, turn your camera on or off, or adjust your settings or background (select More to access settings and background) using the controls provided at the bottom left portion of your screen.


Change the positioning of the camera view using the view button in the top right portion of your screen.


The chat window will default to open and will appear on the right portion of your screen. Close the chat window using the icon just to the right of the Leave Meeting button.

Screen Share

Share your desktop using the screen share button located in the toolbar at the bottom center of your screen.

Raise Hand

Use the Raise Hand button to notify participants that you’d like to speak next without interrupting the flow of the conversation.

Leave Meeting

Exit the interview using the Leave Meeting button. Your camera and microphone will automatically turn off when you leave the meeting.

Interactive Technical Collaboration Features

The following features allow you to collaborate with the interviewer using toolsets appropriate to the job for which you are being considered. The interviewer may pull your completed challenge solution into the live meeting room to review and discuss it with you further.

Code Pad

The Code Pad is a fully collaborative tool that allows you and the other interviewers to watch each other develop code in real time, run a paired coding exercise, and provide input or suggestions to provided code.

Languages and Versions

The Code Pad provides you with 29 common languages, including a pseudo Text option. Once a language is selected, you’ll see the version in use directly to the right of the language. Please note: changing languages will reset your code each time a change is made.


Open Console to see inputs and outputs, and add test cases.

Use Case

Paired programming exercise or review of code developed in your previous skills assessment.


The whiteboard is another fully real-time collaborative tool with standard flowcharting options as well as those specific to business processes and unified modeling, cloud infrastructure, and more.

Flow Chart Options

Access the charting options from the menu in the left panel. You will find options for chart components specific to Google Cloud and AWS as well as the options mentioned above.

Use Case

Map out a process or recommended architecture in real-time with the other meeting participants and edit or add to each other’s model.


The Interactive Development Environment or IDE provides a near real-time Linux- or Mac-based virtual machine and allows a wide degree of flexibility in importing, building, and reviewing advanced coding, API, DevOps, and other concepts.


A fully functional terminal is provided. Use active ports to test API endpoints and make sure they are working as expected or validate your front-end development test case.

Toolbar Functions

Using the toolbar on the far lefthand side of your screen you have the ability to:

  • Reload the workspace

  • Access the file manager to create new files and project folders or drag and drop local files from your desktop into files in the IDE

  • Initialize a git repository or publish to GitHub

  • Run and debug

  • View and add extensions from the marketplace which include different languages, tools, and frameworks

  • Manage your settings and extensions

Use Case

This virtual CPU provides great flexibility to work through development challenges. Install and utilize SDKs, languages, frameworks, applications, and extensions or upload files from repositories. Demonstrate your skills and talk through your problem-solving approach in real time.

Remote Desktop Simulation (RDS)

RDS is a fully real-time environment with a virtual machine that contains a terminal emulator, file manager, web browser, and application manager. An IP address is assigned and active Ports are created. It also provides multiple workspaces.

Filtered users can pre-configure the Remote Desktop (or RDS) to best simulate their tech stack and to better prepare you for the working environment.

The Visual Studio Code example below shows the development environment you would have access to. As with the IDE, you can load extensions that may include languages, frameworks, etc.


A few key settings are available to enhance your experience in the RDS view. Expand the control bar at the far left of your screen to access Settings and the clipboard and to show extra keys.

Under Settings, you will find a View Only option, which will allow you to open files or make changes without displaying your actions to the other parties in the meeting room.

You will also find options to change the screen scaling.

Under Advanced, you’ll have the ability to review and adjust the Compression level, Reconnect Delay, and Logging.

Use Cases

The possibilities are almost limitless when it comes to this environment. You may be asked to show how you would configure your own workspace, or review a project the company already has in process and contribute your thoughts on the challenges they are facing.

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