How to prepare for FAANG Interviews

Intel nehalem
Sep 4 14 Comments

I've been contacted by recruiters from each FAANG aside from Apple, I'd like to leave Intel but have bombed phone interviews at Google and Facebook. Is Leetcode still the best way to prepare? What about on the system design side? I'd like to schedule my interviews so that on-sites can be done in November, is this enough time?

EDIT: Also have anxiety around Interview prep, which combined with my ADHD makes it tough to get started, any tips on how to organize preparation would be appreciated.

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  • Chase / Eng z0mb1e
    LC, algoexpert and educative (for design qstns). Practice with a 45 min timer on white board. Spend 1.5-2 hrs every day. Do that for 3 months. Will pay off
    Sep 4 0
  • Autolist eFks14
    Yes, just keep leetcode hard. After you do ~200 of them you'll start to feel more comfortable and passing phone screen all the time. Just remember to ask clarifying questions, sort out edge cases, and talk out loud about your approaches
    Sep 4 2
  • Chase / Eng z0mb1e
    Cracking the coding interview. Watch folks on YouTube. Much easier and effective than books. Follow folks like Tushar and Gaurav Sen.
    Sep 4 1
    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      👍👍
      Sep 4
  • New / Eng
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    I suggest you postpone phone interviews by at least a month and LC your ass off, otherwise you wont stand a chance
    Sep 4 0
  • Intel nehalem
    OP
    What about books? I have a copies of EPI, CTCI and a Python DS&A. Does Leetcode trump all? Also have DDIA for system design.
    Sep 4 1
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      Leetcode will trump all if you can get the intuition correctly. Leetcode discuss tabs have very good solutions but many dont talk about why they did it the way they did it. You need to get that . Now from where ?? I watch youtube videos etc, read pages after pages of LC discuss to see that one person who is describing why they are doing whatever is it they are doing.

      Recently i started studying EPI, and have done only one chapter. Still from my time there i can see that EPI addresses this intuition part correctly.

      Basically we need to be able to dssect problems well.
      Sep 6
  • Chase / Eng Sha_
    Will it be necessary to buy some sort of course to help out?
    Sep 4 0
  • Chase / Eng Sha_
    What do you mean by bombed phone interviews?
    Sep 4 2
    • Microsoft get_offers
      Failed phone interviews.
      Sep 4
    • Intel nehalem
      OP
      I haven't been able to pass a phone interview, I last interviewed with Netflix and while I got the answer correct it took the entire time and it seems like the interviewer may have had a second one prepared.
      Sep 4