Feedback on InterviewKickstart course

Microsoft blu
Dec 18, 2017 58 Comments

How is the interview kickstart course of System Design? How are their Mock Interviews ? Please suggest. Also, any recommendation on good course/book/website for preparing system design interview?
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  • Oracle uhd
    Talked to the guy on the phone, could barely make out what he was saying due to heavy accent, passed.
    Dec 18, 2017 31
    • Google LtcodeKid
      Yes, I don't get the point for Gyms either. All the exercises are out there. There are elaborate videos on every available routines you can do. But still Gyms spring up and con people out of their money.

      But, I don't broadcast my ignorance just because I can be anonymous and talk stupid as long as I like.
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Oracle poock
      You broadcast your ignorance by saying you don't broadcast your ignorance.
      Feb 25, 2018
    • Google LtcodeKid
      There is this thing called "sarcasm", look it up!
      Feb 25, 2018
    • Oracle poock
      There's a thing called ignorance. Look in thr mirror!
      Feb 26, 2018
    • Google LtcodeKid
      Oh, poock bro is so smart with words! Wish you great success! You win!
      Feb 27, 2018
  • Best decision of my life to do it. 2xed my comp. I had done a lot of leetcode but couldn't pass interviews. This course showed me why. Made lifelong friends and learnt from some great teachers.
    Dec 22, 2017 8
    • Got my G offer in 4th month of start of program. They are very upfront that this takes time. Two months is just enough to get a Kickstart in the right way.
      Dec 23, 2017
    • Microsoft CodeMonkas
      So you did additional practice after the course? Do you mind telling what you practiced or used to stay sharp with?
      Dec 23, 2017
    • Mostly IK stuff only. There is a lot there already. I had done some leetcode before that I reviewed, but that's about it. I got nothing from leetcode though. Nearly everything I got asked, was from concepts covered at IK. System design was especially brilliantly done.
      Dec 25, 2017
    • Google LtcodeKid
      Dhr, I didn't like the IK system design much. Which year did you do IK?
      Feb 24, 2018
    • PyLadies YxPB67
      Did you do the program remotely or in person? I wonder if any networking opportunities come out of this course for someone participating remotely.
      Mar 17, 2018
  • Google LtcodeKid
    The system design course is not that good at IK. Coming from a totally different background, I found that I lacked even the ideas for talking about scalable system. And I don't believe this can be done in few classes. But if you are already conversant on this topic, I think you can level up your skills.
    Dec 18, 2017 2
    • Microsoft blu
      OP
      Thanks. I agree system design could not be taught in few classes. What topics exactly they covered in System Design course ? And how was the mock interview?
      Dec 19, 2017
    • I loved their Design curriculum. I had a tad bit of background, so it felt perfectly relevant. I could clear my G interview only because of the sensibilities they gave me.
      Dec 22, 2017
  • Microsoft Doe
    Waste of time. I did it, PM if you'd like.
    Dec 19, 2017 5
    • Oracle uhd
      Did you at least get your money back?
      Dec 19, 2017
    • From your other comments in this thread it looks like you were looking at this course to give you some new problems. I think that he was very upfront that that is not what this course is about, because interviews are not about which problems.

      For me, the course was about getting into the minds of the interviewers and realise what I was doing wrong, even tho I had done so many leetcode problems before.

      Btw, leetcode is a good list of problems but it has many many holes in it. This course brought the whole thing together for me.

      My 3c.
      Dec 22, 2017
    • Oracle ksnrjd8r
      Can you be more specific? Or an example of what you were doing wrong? B/c the problems themselves have optimal answers, not clear from your post what they can add to that.
      Dec 22, 2017
    • I knew solutions but could not transfer them to new problems easily. Also knowing a solution and navigating an interviewer through it were very different skills. Also when their instructors taught, it created a clear picture of what is expected within and beyond knowing solutions. All this happened over and over again, such that I was so much more confident when I went into my interviews. I could see the entire thing as a human experience instead of a quest to pass test-cases, which leetcode makes us believe.
      Dec 23, 2017
    • Oracle uhd
      So like they were expecting a discussion of possible solutions, instead of diving straight to trying one out?
      Dec 24, 2017
  • Finastra IBCA66
    For me IK was very helpful. The system design part gave me a enough foundation so that I could continue to study by myself. You can decide for yourself what you want to do in the mock interviews, e.g. do 10 System Design rounds.

    Got L5 offers from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and a few startups.
    Dec 19, 2017 4
    • Amazon / Eng wja&$77
      Hey, how many years of experience do you have? You minding pinging me? Got some doubts and can make use of your guidance.
      Dec 19, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng wja&$77
      Am sorry, I am out of private chats for this month.
      Dec 19, 2017
    • Amazon fICL14
      Yeah how experienced are you
      Dec 19, 2017
    • Finastra IBCA66
      About 10 years of experience, but only no-name companies. PM me if you like.
      Dec 21, 2017
  • Useless. You play interviewers in interviews, not interviews themselves
    Dec 18, 2017 1
    • Microsoft blu
      OP
      Thanks. Had you done this course?
      Dec 18, 2017
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