Struggling to prepare for work history portion of SWE interview
I'm preparing to interview for software engineering roles. I heard companies like Salesforce, Square, Uber, LinkedIn and Twilio have one round of their onsite (or at least some portion of the loop) dedicated to discussing your work projects.
This is my first time interviewing out of school so I've never participated in a round like this. I'm struggling to prepare for several reasons:
1. The guidelines for communicating effectively about what I've worked on aren't clear to me. How much context is enough for the interviewer to be able to understand the problem? If the project involved many components, I'm not sure which are useful to mention.
2. As I'm preparing descriptions of the work that was done, my contribution, things I would do differently, I fall into a rabbit hole and start spending a lot of time preparing for this. There are so many things I could talk about that each require sharing a certain amount of context. How do I prioritize and manage time?
Any tips for preparing for the work history / technical communication / past projects round? Does your company include this in your onsite loop? If so, how much weight does this hold compared to DS/algo, system design, and behavioral?