| ||Anyone else thinks that Whiteboard interview is just covered ageism?|
95 points by zerogvt 11 months ago | hide | past | favorite | 140 comments |
|It's the second time in a few months I'm being turned down with the pretext of a failed whiteboard interview. Things like improper syntax and not getting the damned recursive solution fast enough.
Given that I am 42 yrs old and been at this line of work for 14 yrs now I think it's safe to assume that I neither have the time nor the appetite to constantly exercise on solving mind puzzles in whiteboard. I am good at what I do -and I do it at a top level company- but it has nothing to do with coding on a whiteboard. I'm sure that anyone who is a few years _out_ of the university and _into_ a real job finds it both hard and surreal to go through these hoops to land a job. Whiteboarding simply tests for skills that are not needed nor exercised once you're out of uni.|
Thinking all that it then dawned on me. Maybe this abomination is just a way to take out older candidates and favor young ones. A form of ageism that is legally safe for the company.
Dunno - what's your thoughts?
By whiteboarding here I mean testing the form of questions one can find in places like hackerank and the like. Obviously, drawing a large system design or using a whiteboard as an aid to describe/analyze other aspects of a system is not the topic I'm touching on here.
PS 1: I'm done with that sh1tshow myself. I sincerely hope I'm never that desperate to put myself through that again.
PS 2: For what is worth here's a repo with all companies that do not use whiteboarding: https://github.com/poteto/hiring-without-whiteboards
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