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Whiteboard Interviews.


I suck at whiteboard interviews. I've been in quite a few interviews in the last few years, and for every time there wasn't a whiteboard session, I got a job offer.

When I was an interviewer, I didn't see a lot of value in a blank whiteboard and a bunch of computer science questions. I wasn't looking for the vaguely useful smart people; I was looking for specialists - people who had done the work I need done before. Thus I would ask how the candidate would solve a given problem, and we'd have a discussion about the answer. This discussion allowed us to cover quite a bit more ground in the same timeframe.

As a candidate, I did discover a few strategies for surviving a whiteboard interview:


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