Leetcode study time until job offer

New sdblind
Aug 31, 2018 21 Comments

Short version:
I'd like to know how long you studied on leetcode before you got offer. 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, etc. And how much of that was the premium subscription. 1 month, 4 months, 1 year, etc.

I'll start:
0 months of free leetcode
0 months of premium leetcode
No offers so infinite time on leetcode before offer

Long version:

I'm planning on applying to Fang in a month. Probably fail it. And then do it again in a year. If I do 1 year leetcode premium and I get the job in a month, I don't care, that's well worth it. But if I don't get the job in a month and next interview is in 13 months, the subscription will end when I most need it. So then I will need to do an extra month subscription. Not a huge deal, but I'd like to optimize my costs/usage. And I'm curious how slow I am compared to you superstars.

No TC required!

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TOP 21 Comments
  • Start with a book, e.g. Cracking the Coding Interview and then move on to LeetCode once you mastered the basics!
    Also, don‘t solve the problems all in their IDE. Do it on paper and whiteboard. You‘ll develop a better and more thoughtful process of solving more complex problems!
    Aug 31, 2018 3
    • New sdblind
      OP
      Excellent advise!
      Aug 31, 2018
    • Gusto °
      Cracking the Coding interview is more than just the basics
      Aug 31, 2018
    • Nope, since everyone is studying CTCI it no longer sufficient to prepare only with it for T4 or T5. That‘s why I consider it basics
      Sep 1, 2018
  • Cisco hounu
    Buy month! If you buy for year you keep procrastinating!
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • New / Eng Painkiller
    Build a real program. Just doing problems and only seeking to enslave yourself makes you a terrible pile of human waste.
    Aug 31, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng zas
      well it’s already everywhere
      Aug 31, 2018
  • New oQfU54
    Leetcode premium price is only $160/year! This is less than 2 hours work in FAANG. This investment is worth it.
    Aug 31, 2018 3
    • New sdblind
      OP
      True but not at fang yet and the bills are real. But yes, it's a no brainer with guaranteed fang salary.
      Aug 31, 2018
    • New oQfU54
      Buy month account for now and then 1 year if you fail
      Aug 31, 2018
    • Microsoft 5’7 Indian
      Check if they have an offer on 5 year
      Aug 31, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng BamI53
    It’s not only about Leetcode, it’s about the total time you have spent in CS.
    Aug 31, 2018 1
    • New sdblind
      OP
      15 yoe solving problems and building things. 0 years using most of the tricks I see on leetcode.
      Aug 31, 2018
  • Nordstrom dyel
    I used interviewbit instead of leetcode. It's free & I like the UI and code editor better.

    Has multiple solutions to every question which is helpful for reviewing.

    Used it seriously for a about a month averaged maybe 1 hr per day.
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • Facebook cGuM13
    Start with interviewbit for a breadth first experience, and it is gamified (streaks) if that is something that helps you.

    Then spend a month or two on LC free and start applying. IMHO LC for a year is too much, you’ll lose momentum. Once you get to onsites, you can use premium for a couple of months.

    Good luck!
    Aug 31, 2018 2
    • New sdblind
      OP
      Why do on-sites take a couple of months?
      Aug 31, 2018
    • New oQfU54
      I don’t like lectures on Interviewbit, but problems are fine.
      Aug 31, 2018
  • Microsoft pithy
    I studied for a month and got offers from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and a bunch or unicorns
    Aug 31, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng rrrssafgj
      for these you probably can crack them without leetcoding
      Aug 31, 2018
  • Lockheed Martin Ivan23
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft 5’7 Indian
    3 weeks
    Aug 31, 2018 0

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