In the spirit of trying new things, I signed up for the debate team during freshmen week. I still have great memories of playing board games into the night of our common room. Many of us freshmen were new to debate, so we went to novices training each week.
In some ways, standing up to be judged for a debate speech is not that different from white board interviewing. In APDA-style debate, the opposition (interviewee) does not know the topic in advance, though there are many common topics (questions/algorithms). In one training, we learned the "7 Deadly Opps" that can take down nearly any proposed case. I wish I had my handout from all those years ago, but the arguments included "too expensive", "bad implementation", "think of the children/elderly/etc". They were cliche arguments that provided a handy crutch for the leader of the opposition to construct a speech in the 7 minutes it takes for the first team to lay out their case.
White board interviewing definitely exercises some of those same skills, as well as inspiring the same nerve-wracking anxiety. In the spirit of debate's "7 Deadly Opps", I present my version of the "7 Deadly Whitboard Opps".
List to be updated as I think more.
posted 2014-03-08 12:54:23 -0800 by Belda
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