Technical interview prep/plan

Pixar / Eng CTM
May 17 8 Comments

Currently preparing for technical interviews. Here’s my plan:

1) Go through CTCI as a start
2) Leetcode ~200 questions mostly focusing on mediums
3) Leetcode specific company tagged questions to the places I’ll apply for. Maybe do top 30-50 questions
4) Read up on system design (grokking the system design interview/ YouTube/ google

How’s that as a general plan? When do you know when you’re ready to start interviewing?

I’m underpaid and the projects are boring. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

YOE: 3
TC: 97k - 102k
Base: 87k
Bonus: 10-15k varies per year
Title: Software Engineer

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  • Goldman Sachs pakalu
    You can add EPI ( elements of programming interview) also. Also take few mocks using platforms like pramp or interviewing.io
    May 17 1
    • Pixar / Eng CTM
      OP
      Oh yeah, I’ll go through some problems from EPI as well. And yeah I was thinking to start doing mock interviews once I feel confident, hopefully I will after this prep! Thank you!
      May 17
  • Google z5RtU7F
    Sounds like a good plan. I think once you start solving most new mediums in under 30 mins, you are pretty much ready.
    May 17 5
    • Pixar / Eng CTM
      OP
      Is it worth going through Leetcode hard problems? I’m worried I’m over preparing, if there is such a thing. Ideally I’d want to be ready to start interviewing in 2 months or so. Thanks!
      May 17
    • Google z5RtU7F
      There are certain classical LC hards that I think are worth going through if you are shooting for companies known for difficult interviews. Can't think of them off the top of my head but there's stuff like reverse list k nodes, word matrix (the ones that use tries), robot cleaner (dfs), trapping rain water, whatever uses monotonically increasing/decreasing stacks, complex binary search problems, disjoint set hards, etc. There is probably a list somewhere on Blind, but these concepts are fairly common and good to know for harder companies.

      If you aren't shooting for hard companies though, I personally think it's overkill.
      May 17
    • Wayfair CUpR17
      If I could pick any subject to focus on, should I focus mostly on recursion and dynamic programming? I've been starting with greedy, but I don't know if it's worth it.
      May 17
    • Google z5RtU7F
      I barely saw any DP in my recent interviews but recursion is just somethig you should be 100% comfortable with, probably most important concept since so many algorithms use it
      May 17
    • Pixar / Eng CTM
      OP
      Solid advice, thank you so much!
      May 17