Whiteboard allows developers and designers to have communication with stakeholders or users, using quick sketches that can be changed in a second. Usually, these whiteboards are full during brainstorming sessions as many ideas pop up. In order to demonstrate skills and competencies, it is of high importance to understand how to use the whiteboard.
While it is not used for the determining how quickly a candidate can solve a problem, it finds good use in understanding the way of thinking of a worker while being in the constant development of new designs and concepts. For this occasion, I have prepared a small set of useful skills that will give you benefit during the whiteboard exercise.
Say it out loud
It is okay to think quietly about the issues and features needed to be developed but you need to speak out and clarify your intentions and suggestions. Have in mind that you should think before you speak, but it should not take longer than two minutes. When you speak out loudly, the interviewers can see and understand your approach and way of solving the problem.
Use questions and advice
As in your life, there will be moments when you will be asking for a help. Also, it is not recommended to rush with your answers when interviewers ask, but rather ask the additional questions in order to clarify that you understood the question.
Avoid making assumptions, as one wrong step can lead to a whole different strategy that is not appropriate for your company’s standards.
Present only one solution
Don’t get me wrong – you need to come up with several different solutions for a problem, but eventually, you will need to decide which one is the best. The best thing you could do is to present several ideas, but decide to go with the one that is, according to your explanations, the best approach for a certain problem.
Draw clear sketches and drafts
Scribbling the board will not save any of your time, and it, by the way, looks messy and not professional. Draw clearly and use clear drafts that point out clearly the facts and critical information. The clean whiteboard enables your thoughts to be more focused, while a messy one can confuse you also.
Change your design
As the idea progresses and comes along, your approach must be changed accordingly. Be consistent about the design as you need to follow the current state.
Hold the focus
Although you could have a million of ideas, you need to be selective and decide which one is the best that should be presented. Maintain your focus to make a good impression, as no one likes people that are not familiar with the core and principles of the project that is discussed.
Know when to talk and when not to
Sometimes you will need to talk in order to offer more detailed explanation or description. But sometimes you should not talk just to say something. Determine when you should say and when not.