How should I do/practice leetcode to get the best out of it ?

New MNbS62
Jul 4, 2018 21 Comments

Its been two weeks since I started doing leetcode but the problem is, I've only done 29 easy problems so far, and struggled for the most part.

Does this happen to everyone or just me ?
When is it safe to proceed to the next level(medium/hard) ?

My goal is to make it to one of the top tech companies and I've around four months to prepare. What would you suggest to someone like me ?
These are the companies in my first priority list :
Google
Twitter
Apple
Tesla
IBM
Airbnb
Facebook
Quora
Salesforce
Linkedin

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TOP 21 Comments
  • Microsoft bfgtgyt
    Practice makes a man perfect. There is no alternative to hard work n effort.
    GTFO blind and start leetcoding.
    Jul 4, 2018 0
  • First 50 problems are the hardest. The next 50 problems are a little easier but still tough. I am around 175 now and it gets better/easier the more you solve. I started really getting in a rhythm around 130. Keep going. Don't give up!
    Jul 4, 2018 4
    • eBay eeeeebb
      !!
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Intuit poirot
      Just curious, have you started interviewing?
      Jul 4, 2018
    • I will in September. Trying to hit 300. I still have some weaknesses. I am not as good at DP as I would like. And I still need to do some hards and get repetition in on some other mediums..

      I interviewed with Microsoft as practice with around 50 problems solved. Ended up getting offer. The problems were relatively easy and the bar was low. I declined. Hoping it was the right move and I can get a top offer in the bay soon. Sounds like it's gonna be tough though... Lots of companies starting to ask hards.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Even with all I've done... There are still some mediums that I find quite challenging.. 516(DP so many not bad for people great at DP) and 698 were a couple of the harder mediums I worked on this weekend
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Microsoft needcoffee
    Struggle struggle and struggle some more. Just learn through each problem. You'll start seeing "it" soon.
    Jul 4, 2018 4
    • New MNbS62
      OP
      Is 3/4 months enough to be interview ready ? Also, solving how many problems a day is considered good ?
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Microsoft needcoffee
      It's not a numbers game as much. It's more in understanding the approach to them. That being said, some questions appear straight from there, so it's good to get as much exposure as possible.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Microsoft needcoffee
      Sorry if the answer is vague
      Jul 4, 2018
    • New MNbS62
      OP
      Makes sense, Thanks !
      Jul 4, 2018
  • New IypJ42
    IBM? First priority? Really? And no Amazon Microsoft?
    Jul 4, 2018 5
    • Avegant / Eng
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      IBM AI research is pretty solid
      Jul 4, 2018
    • New MNbS62
      OP
      I am sorry, I am not an experienced one. For what reasons is IBM considered inferior to other bigs like, google, twitter, Microsoft and such ? I am only trying to learn something here.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng llopserm
      if he’s shooting for AI research I wouldn’t believe he would struggle a tiny bit with leetcode mid/ easy.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • New IypJ42
      compensation and prestige is not comparable at all for the most part
      Jul 4, 2018
    • New IypJ42
      microsoft used to be great in terms of compensation relative to other top tech companies a few years ago. Recently though, not so much, especially at more junior levels
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Salesforce beltalowda
    I gave up after 30 or so questions and interviewed at Salesforce. They have the easiest coding interview of them all!
    Jul 4, 2018 1
    • New MNbS62
      OP
      Were those all "easy" questions ? Since you mentioned "I gave up after 30", did you give up because they were easy for you or were you struggling with them and decided not to go any further ?
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Salesforce beltalowda
    They were a mix of easy and medium. Some mediums were easy for me while others were hard. I mainly gave up because it took up too much of my time and I like to do other things in life too.
    Jul 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon DIfp68
    Gotta love that we gotta grind LC to increase the size of our di- I mean TC.
    Jul 4, 2018 0

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