HackerRank for Work provides the ability to monitor Candidates’ focus on the Test screen while they are attempting Tests, and this is referred to as Proctoring. Through proctoring, recruiters can assess their Candidates’ authenticity and note any suspicious activities or malpractices during the Test.
At the start of a Test, with the Candidates’ consent, the Proctoring feature automatically enables their webcam and records periodic snapshots of a Candidate until the Test ends. Recruiters in HackerRank who review Candidates’ Test performance can also view the recorded snapshots of their activities during the Test and note any forbidden activities.
You can enable Proctoring for a HackerRank Test before you send the Test email invites. As the Candidate’s Test progresses, in the Proctor tab of the Candidate’s Summary page, you can view the webcam recorded snapshots of the Candidate’s activities.
Note: To avail of the Proctoring ability for your HackerRank Tests please contact HackerRank Customer Support.
Proctoring HackerRank Tests
Let us take a look at how to enable Proctoring for a Test in HackerRank, and how Candidates view these Tests.
- You must have the Test Proctoring ability available on your HackerRank for Work account.
1. Log in to the HackerRank for work and click on the Tests tab from the top menu.
2. Select the test for which you want to enable the proctoring.
3. Ensure that you have added the required Questions, made necessary settings and published the Test.
4. Go to the Settings tab and select the Test Access option from the left-hand panel.
5.Under Test Access settings, scroll down to the proctoring section.
6. HackerRank offers 4 types of proctoring during the test.
- Copy/Paste Tracking.
- Tab Proctoring
- Photo Identification
Before the start of a Test, the Candidate’s consent will be taken to turn on their webcam to enable the Proctoring, Once taking the consent from the candidate Proctoring feature will automatically enable their webcam and record periodic snapshots of a Candidate until the Test ends.
If you do not want your candidates to copy the code from other sources in the test, then you have to enable the Copy/Paste tracking for the test. Once you enable the Copy/Paste tracking option, if a candidate pastes a copied code in their assessment, you can view that pasted code in the candidate’s test report. And also if the candidate tries to paste the code from other sources they will be notified with a warning message.
Recruiters can check the pasted code in the candidate's report.
When you turn on the Tab Proctoring option you can monitor if the candidate is switching between the tabs during the test. This will prevent the candidates to try any malpractice while they are taking the test. When a candidate tries to open another tab in their browser while taking the test a warning message will be displayed on their screen that the test is being proctored and if they still try to move between tabs, it will be reported to the interviewer.
If a candidate toggles between the tabs, it will be shown in their report.
View Proctoring details in candidate's report
- Open your test and click on the candidate name.
- Once the report is open click on the Timeline option in the top section.
- Click on the Show complete event list button at the bottom of the timeline chart.
- This will open a complete report of the candidate's activities during the test, In this report, you can check if the candidate has pasted any code or switched between the tabs during the test.
Enabling the photo identification helps you to monitor if the same candidate is taking the test or not, When you enable this option the system will automatically take the candidate’s photo before he starts the test. The candidate will be notified and with a prompt a message to the candidate, as shown below, and take their photo before the start of the test.
Before, the test browser will prompt a message asking the candidate to allow the webcam access.
When Candidates click 'Enable webcam Access', they can proceed to login to the Test.
Note: Candidates can take Proctored Tests only using the Chrome or Firefox browsers.
From the beginning of the Test, the webcam is enabled and the Proctoring feature captures and records periodic snapshots of a Candidate. For the complete Test duration or until the Candidate submits the Test, the webcam captures and records a snapshot at one-minute intervals. As a Candidate progresses with a Test.
Check Proctoring Results
- Login to your HackerRank for work account Open your test and click on the candidate name.
- Once the summery click on the Proctor option in the top section.
Snapshot taken before the test for Photo Identification.
Snapshots taken in one-minute interval during the test for Proctoring.
You can use the scroll bar in the Proctor tab to scroll through all the snapshots and take a note of any suspicious activities or malpractices by the Candidate.
Tip: In your Test email invite, you may indicate the purpose of Proctoring in the Test and add a recommendation for your Candidates to use Firefox or Chrome browsers for a good Test experience.
Note: The PROCTOR tab is available under the Candidates Summary page only if Proctoring is enabled for a Test.