Interview prep cramming

Nov 7, 2018 7 Comments

I am preparing for fang type company interview. Targeting junior engineer position( equivalent to google L4). Wanted to ask whether any of you literally memorized important info to shorten the interview prep process?
Leetcode, hackerrank all is good, and I am doing few questions everyday, but I am not very fluent in implementing some basic ds/algo (e.g. Hashtable , quick sort, etc). I can code it but take some time (which is definitely more than 15-20 mins).
I am thinking to prepare index cards to memorize key learnings regarding system design and basic ds/algo.

Anyone tried this approach? Any general feedback?


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TOP 7 Comments
  • Uber / Eng

    Uber Eng


    it can work

    but if you do a decent # of LCs you’ll naturally β€œmemorize” fundamental building blocks anyway
    Nov 7, 2018 1
    • Yes make sense. Thank you.

      I am thinking of this approach to shorten prep time. In other words, adopting memorization for efficiency purpose 😊
      Nov 7, 2018
  • What is your background? Have you taken a class about ADTs? Or learn by yourself before?.

    If not, then No. You can't expect to get into FAANG by memorization. Like any sports, competitive programming takes time and practice. Day in, day out.

    You can get better it over time, definitely.
    Nov 7, 2018 3
  • New ktFx33
    I’ve always believed in memorization along with skill. You need both so good luck. Oh also if you wanna PM me a google sorted screenshot of leetcode questions by frequency I’d really appreciate it!
    Nov 8, 2018 0


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