Any G/FB engineers willing to share details on their journey and prep?

Jun 9, 2018 31 Comments

Example questions:

How long did you study?

If you used Leetcode, did you follow any particular strategy? How many problems did you do? Did you use premium for access to locked questions, or was the base questions enough?

What tips do you wish you had known beforehand?

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  • Facebook / Eng
    tc425-ye13

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Apple
    tc425-ye13more
    No need to prepare, just go and answer everything honestly.
    Jun 9, 2018 5
    • Sounds like a good way to fail 🤔
      Jun 9, 2018
    • Interviewing is a performance art for most of us. Perhaps you're one of the few people who can do it off the cuff but for most people it takes a lot of preparation and practice to put forth the performance that interviewers want to see. You absolutely have to prepare
      Jun 9, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      ooooBLEHoo

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      ooooBLEHoomore
      I didn’t prep at all for Amazon and was expecting to fail but here I am now
      Jun 10, 2018
    • That sounds like it may speak more to Amazon than it does to general interview prep.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng
      Jsonf

      Cisco Eng

      PRE
      500 Startups
      Jsonfmore
      Amazon cares a lot about LPs!!
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng nJnC647
    I did the premium leetcode pretty heavily for about two months, studied the intro parts of cracking the Coding Interview. Probably did about 50 questions, many I tried to do on the whiteboard at home and with a friend as mocks
    Jun 9, 2018 2
    • Microsoft Containerd
      Were you working full time while you did that OP?
      Jun 9, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng nJnC647
      Yeah I was working full time while studying. Was a very busy couple of months
      Jun 12, 2018
  • Google / Eng 🍑☁️
    I scored > top 10% in a few programming competitions, then Google got my resume somehow and was like "u wanna interview with us bro?" and I told myself I was gonna study Cracking the Coding Interview but then I was too lazy. And then I got the job anyway.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng leet200
    Around 210 leetcode over 1.5 months. Had premium, it's cheap. Could have saved a lot of time by giving less attention to leetcode hard.
    Jun 10, 2018 7
    • TiVo cmpe
      I'm stepping through Google's LC interview questions, do you have any advice for an upcoming onsite with G? I can't tell if I'm getting any better... Nor if I'm studying the right things.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Google / Eng leet200
      Know all the common graph and tree algorithms and be able to implement them quickly. You'll know you're getting there if you can crank out a bug free solution for a medium in 10-15 min
      Jun 10, 2018
    • TiVo cmpe
      Yep, I'm not even close then lol.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Did you not encounter Leetcode hards for your on-site?
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Google / Eng leet200
      After answering mediums, all of my interviewers extended the problem into medium hard - very hard territory. For the less hard hards I believe the expectation is that you'll reach a solution. For the much harder ones the focus is on how you approach the problem and reason through it and being able to answer will really impress the interviewer
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Tesla LEETCODER
      Out of the 210 you solved were they all hards?
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Google / Eng leet200
      80 easy, 110 medium, 20 hard
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Microsoft
    |=|

    Microsoft

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    Amazon
    |=|more
    Leetcode till you make it! And how much is premium compared to what you will be getting for your new compensation? You should not be asking the question on whether premium is worth it.
    Jun 9, 2018 2
    • I already have premium. Was more curious on if people felt the premium problems were uniquely exhaustive in their contribution to prep.
      Jun 9, 2018
    • Tango Health / Eng lyub4y2
      Premium imho is to filter the company wise questions vs the premium problems.
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Google / Eng
    sergey

    Google Eng

    BIO
    Haha
    sergeymore
    Two weeks studying Cracking the Code Interview.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • New AMex31
    Are there meetup groups for aspiring FANGers to help each other prep for interview?
    Jun 10, 2018 1
    • Oath / Eng
      BGdp48

      Oath Eng

      BIO
      A total geek, love everything code related. Hit me up if you ever need a serious geek discussion
      BGdp48more
      DM me
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng chipsntea
    New Grad G SETI here

    I finished school's CS curriculum in Fall quarter, so that freed up Winter and Spring for interview prep and GE's. Studied LC Premium for the most part. Did a ton of Easy questions to solidify fundamentals, and then spent most of my time working through Medium and a few Hard problems. Easy problems are great for communication practice when first starting out. Also, I would solve these questions by hand on blank pieces of paper, and only submitting it after fully solving the problem on paper.

    Then used sites like pramp.com and interviewing.io to practice face to face communication. If you have friends who can help you, I highly recommend doing mock interviews with them on whiteboards, or at the very least on some shared document (like coderpad) over VoIP.

    Good luck!
    Jun 10, 2018 2
    • Tesla LEETCODER
      How do you like being a SETI over SE?
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng chipsntea
      I actually just signed the offer 2~ months ago, so I haven't started yet. Graduating next week!
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng TCYOE
    You forgot YOE
    Jun 9, 2018 1
  • Amazon / Eng sde3
    If you did ACM or IOI, no need preparation at all.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • TripAdvisor MjQK82
    300 hours of coding
    Jun 10, 2018 0

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