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I have an anxiety disorder, so in depth conversation with a stranger is going to cause me to be flustered. If you asked me to give the answer in writing I could. If you asked me to code on a whiteboard I could. If you asked me to do a takehome I could. But a verbal conversation with a stranger judging me in an interview setting is the worst out of all possible options for me.



100x this. Whiteboarding is so outside the typical engineering process that it just feels cruel, especially to people with any kind of anxiety. It's like if you were hiring construction workers and you asked them to perform an interpretive dance about concrete in the interview. It's just not at all the job and very difficult for many of the people who go into programming in the first place. It's hard for me to think of it as anything other than hazing.




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