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Discussion on: Why you're hitting dead ends in whiteboard interviews

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Guillaume Martigny

Hi Parker,

Being asked to throw some code on a whiteboard isn't some kind of red flag though ?
First of, as you mention, it's hard to focus when under stress from the interview. Then, company should be looking for people knowing how to learn not people knowing one solution.

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Parker Phinney Author

I think the whiteboard coding interview can be quite successful /if it is done well/. Which it unfortunately often isn't.

It ought to feel like a collaboration. Your interviewer's goal should be to get a taste for what it would feel like if they were stuck on a problem and asked you to grab a whiteboard with them and map it out together.

In that configuration, it's not about the candidate having all the answers right away. It's about their ability to communicate and take little ideas that you feed them and build on them.