You can study all night and hope you get asked the right questions... or you can use a strategy that works.
Tech companies - especially the bigger ones - offer some of the best jobs in the world, unfortunately their hiring practices absolutely suck. You're expected to write code on a white board or a shared document, sometimes in a language you never use describing an algorithm you'll never implement! And it's supposed to compile!
It's absolutely infuriating but - and this is critical - the jobs tend to be worth it. These companies want people willing to tackle any problem with joy and to check themselves when the going gets tough. I made the video that I wished I had years ago, when applying at Microsoft, Avanade, Google and others - and now it's yours. You'll have a solid strategy to get you through this process and in the door at some of the best jobs in the world.
Here's the plan for nailing your next interview
You'll set up a schedule and keep a journal of your efforts.
You need at least 2 weeks to study the materials in this video, and to work the problems. You'll also need a place to practice doing things by hand: a nice, clean new journal or a tablet with a pen will do the trick.
You'll practice problems while speaking aloud.
This video set can only take you so far, but we'll take a look at some outstanding resources you can use to practice what you've learned. We'll also show you how to speak about what you're doing, which is critical if you want the interviewer to know what you know.
You'll devise a strategy for when you lock up, because you will lock up.
That's what they want, and it's not because your interviewers are evil, they just want to see how you work under pressure when you might not know the answer. It's a high-pressure situation, but there are some very simple tricks you can use, besides "take a deep breath".
You'll practice by doing the thing you'll actually be doing: writing code by hand
Most people object to this, and it's understandable - who writes code on a whiteboard? The answer is a simple one: you do if you want this job.
You'll follow along with me as I crack into four questions, answering them by hand with a timer. As I go I'll show you the tricks I've learned along the way to get out of jams when I freeze up, which I have ohhhh so many times.
People fail these interviews because they don't take the time to brush up on the basics - we won't make that mistake. You'll review...
Simple Data Structures
Arrays, maps, queues, trees and stacks – you will likely have to solve a problem that forces you to choose the most efficient data structure and then to explain how it works. There are always tradeoffs, do you know what they are?
Sorting, traversing, structuring and destructuring – you'll need to be able to apply various algorithms to a given situation. You'll also need to be able to discuss their complexity in both space and time using Big-O notation.
How to Ask Questions
As developers we like to solve problems. As seasoned programmers, however, we plan first, code second, so we ask a lot of questions. This is critical in an interview as sometimes these questions are purposely tricky!
You'll get some help from an expert: Jon Skeet
Jon Skeet, if you don't know, is the #1 user on Stack Overflow with 1,000,000 points in reputation. He also works at Google and interviews people often.
I wanted to see how an expert would solve these tough problems so I asked Jon to join me for a 5-question interview session, just like you would find at Google. He interviews people all the time - now he gets a taste of his own medicine!
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Over 5 Hours of tightly-edited, top quality video presented in a web site you can run locally on your drive. Jump right in and stream each video, or if you need to take them with you, download as you need. Have a look...
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Interviewing for a position as a programmer can be intimidating as well as just a little bit infuriating. Unfortunately, that's the way it is - but you don't have to go it alone. We created a 5.5 hour video tutorial that is for people just like you who need some practice and a strategy - and we're bundling that with The Imposter's Handbook for 30% off. You get the book and 9 hours of solid video!
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