A Developer's Guide to Surviving Whiteboard Interviews
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Last updated on 2018-11-19
About the Book
Like traffic jams, whiteboard interviews are an annoying fact of life that get in the way of where you want to go as a developer. It's a bad way to evaluate programmer skill and is used across the industry, mostly with the mistaken belief that it is a good way to actually evaluate someone's development skill. In this book we discuss how things got to this dreadful state, and how you can take advantage of that to ace the interview any way. When you face the whiteboard at a development interview, there are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) things you can do to make sure that you stand out as the best candidate, and this books explains the how and the why of them.
David Neal is a friend and mentor of mine and also created the cover art for the book. He's a great example of the kind of quiet, humble leadership that advanced developers should exhibit.
- Chapter 0: About Me
Chapter 1: Why You Hate Whiteboard Interviews
- Physiological responses
- It’s in your head
- Get Your Stuff Together
Chapter 2: Hiring Is Broken
- The Problem of Evaluation
- Busted Problems; Busted Solutions
- Whiteboard interviews
Chapter 3: Whiteboard Interviews Are Bad For You
- Code on a board doesn’t compile
- Your nerves are against you
- It’s a personality test
Chapter 4: Preparing
- First, Google
- Code Katas
- Practice Whiteboarding With Friends
Chapter 5: The Actual Interview
- The Personality Test
- Body Language Hacks
- Posture and Nervousness
- At the board
- Make the interviewer participate
- Accepting Feedback
Chapter 6: Additional Resources
- Complete Developer Podcast
- Junior Developer Toolbox
- Developer Launchpad
- Cracking the Coding Interview - Gayle Laakman McDowell
- John Sonmez and SimpleProgrammer
- Interview Cake
- Companies that don’t do whiteboards
Chapter 7: Understanding Fizzbuzz
- The general idea
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