How to Whiteboard for System Design Interviews

Whiteboarding is common throughout tech interviews for many reasons, but mostly for its simplicity. Armed with a whiteboard and marker, candidates are free to illustrate their thoughts in an efficient way.

System design questions, commonly asked of software engineers, engineering managers and technical program managers, are infamously ambiguous and complex. They're practically made for whiteboarding, as enumerating requirements and outlining a high-level system diagram are critical first steps.

So what's the most effective way to use the whiteboard when answering system design interview questions? We wrote this article to guide you.


In the past, whiteboarding sessions mostly happened during on-site interviews. These days, due to COVID-19, most system design rounds are conducted virtually

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