Interview Prep these days is a huge mountain to climb with invisible peak

Amazon ql3skl
Nov 14 17 Comments

I have been a passive interviewee. I randomly prepare 5-6 interview questions before an interview and depend on presence of mind/luck to go to next stage. I obviously haven't got any offers but did make it to two onsites.

Recently I decided to do this the right way once for all. I was looking at interview prep sites, Leetcode discussions and looking at people's experiences and questions they were asked. It seems interviewing is becoming harder day by day. I'm pretty sure if I prepare for 3-4 months I will be eventually able to clear at least a few interviews. But it seems like a big mountain to climb the peak of which is not visible.

On the other hand, I can invest these 3-4 months learning some new skill and focussing on getting promoted at my job. More TC would be great but what's the point if I'm only good at interviewing but bad at sought after skills?

I had got into Amazon through internship back in 2015 (Leetcode wasn't a thing back then, interviews didn't need preparation).

TC 200k
4 YOE

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TOP 17 Comments
  • Google ΗFT
    The plateau for FAANG will be visible in less than 1,000 problems. I can assure you of it.
    Nov 14 10
    • Google ΗFT
      1 problem per day, and you can count 365 per year :)

      Run 1 mile per day, and you can reach 1,000 miles in less than 3 years.
      Nov 14
    • Micro Focus / Eng shiftzz
      Studying for 3 years to get a job at Google is fucking insane
      Nov 14
    • Google ΗFT
      Or solve 3 per day x 20 minutes/each = 1 hour/day, then ≈300 problems can be finished in 3 months.

      That's longer than a bootcamp but shorter than 4-year college degree at 8 hours/day commitment.
      Nov 14
    • New / Eng SubZero$
      Out of a 1000 problems how many should be hard and medium ?
      Nov 14
    • Google ΗFT
      To reiterate, my point was that before getting to 1k, you will already see diminishing marginal returns. I think too many LC "hard" problems focus on specific algorithms rather than general ad-hoc problem solving, so around 30-40% of those would be decent. Medium difficulty is far more typical (although there will be more pressure during live interviews, when much more is at stake).
      Nov 14
  • Bloomberg laura57
    Agreed. With everything. I just don't have any idea of how they could do it better, either. Perhaps it's just that: motivated people will prepare, and they merely want motivated people...
    I would assume lots of people wouldn't be able to clear the programming interview even with preparation, so maybe there's a little bit of that too.
    I do wish they looked for real skills too though... I would love to do something useful with that time to show instead (my own mock app or something: I spent the last 4 months building this instead of practicing data structures I will rarely use, if ever in real life)
    Nov 14 3
    • TripAdvisor KEHD61
      This!!
      Nov 14
    • eBay ksjbsh
      I believe intuits onsite has building some apps
      Nov 14
    • Bloomberg laura57
      Yeah, some places also give you a take home problem. But they still mostly rely on the coding interview. Which is like an exam...
      Nov 14
  • TripAdvisor KEHD61
    I agree. Specially with Facebook, Google it's like you need to do leetcode else there is less chance you will make it through. I have seen people prepare for 4-5 months before they cracked interviews.
    Nov 14 0
  • Dell sweetboy
    Its more than a mountain climb i think now
    Nov 14 0

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