Whiteboarding during interviews?

steppinthraxsteppinthrax Posts: 25Member ■□□□□□□□□□
So apparently a new tread companies are doing is whiteboarding!!!!!!

Some code is on the board and they ask you to complete the code segment or demonstrate some code. WOW.

What assholery.

How do you guys feel about this?


  • KelkinKelkin Posts: 261Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Honestly.. On the network side.. used the whiteboard quite a few times over the years in interviews..
  • BlackBeretBlackBeret Posts: 684Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    You have to demonstrate technical knowledge in a technical interview!? How dare they...
  • BlackBeretBlackBeret Posts: 684Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Kidding aside, I actually think it's a great idea for those above entry level positions. I've seen too many people who could talk the talk, but didn't actually have a clue when it came to doing things. This always causes a lot of issues and having them prove they know what they're DOING rather than just talking like they do.
  • Danielm7Danielm7 Posts: 2,265Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    We hired a new security architect a few months ago, we had a few of them who asked to whiteboard things when we asked them technical questions just so they were sure they understood and were answering correctly.
  • IIIMasterIIIMaster Senior Member Posts: 238Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nothing new man, so many paper certs and hacks are floating around its crazy.
  • networker050184networker050184 Posts: 11,962Mod Mod
    Certainly not new and what is wrong with having someone demonstrate their technical knowledge? Isn't that the whole point of an interview?
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  • gespensterngespenstern Posts: 1,243Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    On my current job I was interviewed by like 15 people. I painted a scheme of an ADDS forest and trusts and kerberos ticket scheme and how they should work and tell them how replication topology works and how to troubleshoot replication issues and stuff and all of them were shooting at me. Damn, I barely survived, hehe
  • edwilliamskyedwilliamsky Posts: 13Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Not a new trend. Why is it "assholery" to ask a candidate to prove the skills they claim to have?
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Posts: 6,834Mod Mod
    The OPs comments remind me of a guy we interviewed once. He got visibly irate because we asked him advanced technical questions (this was a senior role). His argument was that if he said he knew something we should believe him. That's not how it works buddy. Whiteboarding is a very efficient tactic to separate the regular IT guys from the ones who could think conceptually, out of the box, and come up with creative solutions.
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,158Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    I had a University ask that I create a presentation to teach a concept and then present it in front of a group of three people. Looking back I think it was a good idea.
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  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Posts: 1,899Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I think it's great that they did that. It would be nice to have this done more. I remember being in the IT department at the local CC and saw a drawing of a network diagram with the ip addressing on it. I wish interviews were more hands on too.
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  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,117Mod Mod
    This is not a new trend. This is interviewing done right. They need to understand if you're technical enough or not to do the job. If you're looking to get a technical position, there's a baseline amount of knowledge that they're going to expect.

    Go into your interviews expecting it to be technical and as long as you don't over exaggerate your skillset and you are honest, you should have a fair interview.
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  • NOC-NinjaNOC-Ninja Posts: 1,403Member
    I dont know why this is assholery. If you know what you are doing then this should not be a problem.
    Some jobs even ask for network topology drawings that you have created and expect you to explain it.
    The idea is that they want to see what is the level of you technical knowledge. I dont mind drawing and explaining what I know.
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