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Acing the Whiteboard Programming Interview

Ellen Guon Beeman (Senior Lecturer, DigiPen Institute of Technology)

Cal Reinhard (Software Engineer, Popcap Games)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Friday, March 20

Time: 9:00am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Plus Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Career Seminar

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Whiteboard interviewing is one of the most dreaded parts of a junior programmer's interview process. In this interactive workshop, Ellen and Cal will talk through the principles of what interviewers are looking for in these sessions, and then do a live demonstration of the whiteboard programming test with the "Ask, Talk, Test" approach that Ellen 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.


Attendees will learn how to succeed at these challenging interviews, with step-by-step guidance from Ellen and Cal on the "Ask, Talk, Test" approach. Attendees will also learn about common errors and pitfalls in writing whiteboard code.

Intended Audience

Programmers who are preparing for their first job interview or experienced programmers who are interviewing candidates and want to learn more about utilizing this approach, or who are reentering the job market and want a refresher on these skills.