Software Engineering Interviews: Whiteboard and Coding Challenges

Prepare your knowledge starting with the core competencies over-viewed in the technical assignment. Build from an understanding of the micro contributions that were used to create the solution. Acknowledge the tech stack as part of the macro application, software, or environment.

Whiteboarding is a live sequence where interactions with recruiters, tech leads, and engineers come together to define an overview of technical skill, past the initial delivered application. Prepare to review concepts faced in the technical assignment with active changes, requests, and suggestions in different views.

Testing ability from core fundamentals to advanced technical understanding on the fly is what makes a great engineer. The previously mentioned creativity comes in handy in this form of meeting where being faced with dynamic tasks, requires fundamental and iterative understanding.

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Hand-coding & coding live can be a challenging task, without documentation or reference. Identifying the logical pattern comes from repetition, this is where mentally mapping and architecturally mapping the solutions around the given framework bring support to the task.

Accuracy of coding logic will be tested, while also focusing the distinct functions, methods, and layout of syntax that produce a result.

Connecting the dynamics of computing, programming, and data within a bound solution means focusing on distinct variables. The ability to distribute properties, map data intersections, and actively create API calls through syntax will be audited for efficiency and structure.

Effective Methods for Solving Common Technical Problems

Methods and functions prepare this setting to be intuitive. A strong understanding of what comprises a component, how to mutate data, and the ability to recall these structures will be the mental model for success. If you have happened upon reference guides, imagine the idealistic components that would fit any solution.

Study documentation, build components that simplify universal problems, and define methods for creating simple components. Focus efforts at this point on efficient models through flashcards, coding, problem solving, and fundamentals.

Effective is fundamental and creative entangled to create consistent understandable code that aligns with the best practices of the relative technology stack.

Declarative Functions that Handle Iterative Retrieval for Multiple Cases

Acknowledging the programming method paradigms Procedural, Object-Oriented, and Functional focus the stacks’ most efficient paradigm to practice. This is live coding, in front of a team, whether on board with markers or through a webchat.

The ability to be declarative in both data mutation, API structuring, and component development will be effectively measured, so practice. Build a data mutating component, develop an API with GET & POST requests, elaborate higher order components and repeat these solutions.

Whiteboarding is more of a conversation about code than it is a test. Preparing the technical assignment was the major task, discussing the code and solutions in a dynamic state is about understanding ability. Practice interviewing for free at Pramp & Interviewing.

Ask questions, think for a moment before responding, and build models that function along the lines of best practices.

The Software Engineering Interview Process

Step 1: Screening and Skill Checks

Part 2: Technical & Take-home Assignments

Part 3: Whiteboard and Coding Challenges

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Joe Alongi

Joe Alongi

Full Stack Developer @IBM — Java, Spring, React, React Native, JavaScript, Node, NoSQL, Kubernetes & Cloud Native. (These Views Are My Own)