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Acing the Whiteboard Interview


Ellen Beeman (Senior Lecturer, DigiPen Institute of Technology)

Kate Reinhard (Lead Organizer, Seattle Women In Games and Tech)

Location: Career Theater, North Hall

Date: Thursday, March 22

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Expo, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Educators Summit, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Career Development

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: All

Whiteboard interviewing is one of the most dreaded parst of a junior programmer's interview process. In this interactive workshop, Ellen will talk through the principles of what an interviewer is looking for in these sessions, and then do a live demonstration of the whiteboard programming test with the "Ask, Talk, Test" approach that she has used to successfully mentor over a hundred DigiPen Institute of Technology college students through the interview process. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the process, looking for presentation errors, compile errors, and other errors.


Whiteboard interviewing is rather terrifying, but it doesn't have to be! This talk will provide a concrete approach to demonstrating how to interview well and be a good hire and team fit as a programmer.

Intended Audience

This talk will primarily benefit junior programmers, but any programmer who is about to interview can learn how to prepare and succeed at a whiteboard interview.