Acing the Whiteboard Challenge
Design fast. Out loud. In front of an audience.
Who hasn’t experienced the sweaty-palm inducing interview technique that forces a candidate to brainstorm a design solution to an impossible puzzle, in front of a crowd of engineers and product managers? (If you haven’t experienced it, you will soon!)
Ah, the whiteboard challenge. The gold standard for design interviews. Contrary to what your racing heart and adrenal glands may be telling you, this is not a perverse way to humiliate you in front of the hiring manager, but rather an excellent method of understanding your design process.
What everyone wants to see is how you think about and solve impossible to solve design problems. Knowing that, here are a few challenges to practice with, and a method for organizing your thoughts and making you look awesome while you’re scrambling for a solution.