Onsite Coding Interview on Your Laptop

Intel faangarooo
May 12, 2018 18 Comments

Never had any onsite coding interview other than whiteboard. How are these things going on? What is the process like? Which one of the below is a more closer scenario?
1 - Open up my favorite IDE and code the solution. Run it, debug it. Then e-mail the code to the interviewer. All these happen while interviewer watching you over the shoulder.
2 - It is still like a phone interview. I code in an online platform (Hackerrank etc.), they watch me from their own screen while coding.

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  • Microsoft / Eng 3percent
    Comcast gave me a MacBook with 4 python scripts that were full of bugs and told me to fix them while they watched.
    May 12, 2018 2
    • Expedia PajeetCode
      I hope they were blatant logic bugs and not something easy to miss. I've debugged things focusing on the logic for a couple hours only to realize it's due to some dumb syntax mistake.
      May 12, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng 3percent
      But the console error message would have pointed to the syntax error...
      May 12, 2018
  • New / Eng
    yütüb

    New Eng

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    Google, Facebook
    yütübmore
    Had my onsites at google on on Google Docs on a 11” Chromebook. Fun times.
    May 12, 2018 3
    • Tesla LEETCODER
      Do you recommend it instead of white board. TBH I don't feel comfortable typing on some random laptop. How did your interview go?
      May 12, 2018
    • New / Eng
      yütüb

      New Eng

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      yütübmore
      It went well, but we wasted time getting onto the Doc. My white board was green so I didn’t have many good options.
      May 12, 2018
    • Tesla LEETCODER
      Ah ok. How was the difficulty of the questions compared to the ones you practiced?
      May 12, 2018
  • Airbnb NidoQueen
    Airbnb has Onsite interviews with laptop! No whiteboard
    May 12, 2018 3
    • Microsoft Mutex07
      Are you allowed to bring your own?
      May 12, 2018
    • Intel datae
      How difficult are these questions? Do they ask people to implement entire feature or is it more like leetcode type questions.
      May 12, 2018
    • Intel faangarooo
      OP
      Good question fellow Intel. @Airbnb, care to elaborate more about the process?
      May 12, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng IVY50
    So at most of FANG do they give you a laptop or allow you to use your own? IDE/Google Doc doesn't matter as much. Curious if we should bring our own to the interview.
    May 21, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
      Luffy, M.D

      New Eng

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      Facebook
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      Prematurely grumpy old man
      Luffy, M.Dmore
      I always bring my own just in case, but have yet to use one at FANG.
      May 21, 2018
  • New / Eng
    not_hotdog

    New Eng

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    Prematurely grumpy old man
    not_hotdogmore
    Seen mostly #1 but had #2 twice this cycle (Mixpanel and somewhere else, I forget where.). I always bring my laptop just in case with IntelliJ loaded to a hello world project before it goes to sleep I've hit a few places which don't normally do it but where I was allowed after asking.

    So much easier than whiteboards!
    May 15, 2018 0
  • ServiceNow / Eng oQFC65
    Some companies do send an email assignment, but that usually doesn’t replace the telephonic interview. It’s just prescreening to save 45mins in a telephonic interview.
    May 12, 2018 0
  • ServiceNow / Eng oQFC65
    Depends on the company, some companies use tool like collabedit or similar online editors. Some ask you to write code in google doc. Few send webex link and ask you to share your coding editor. In all cases they watch over when you type.
    May 12, 2018 0
  • BetterWorks TheSenate
    I've had both happen, though #1 more often. #2 only seems to be provided in case you are more familiar with your own laptop and key setup, for example.
    May 12, 2018 0
  • Charles Schwab / Eng angeloride
    Also possible is leaving you in a room with a reqt for an hour or so and return back to review and email for evaluation
    May 12, 2018 0